10 APRIL – 2 MAY 2015
Yangmingshan is a two channel video installation comprised from footage shot in the Yangmingshan National Park outside Taipei. It is a collaborative project between artists Boe-lin Bastian and Mark Reid.
When the Republic of China Government moved from Nanking to Taiwan, Chiang Kai Shek took up residence in a traditional Japanese house in the Yangmingshan area, which he had named after one of his favourite philosophers.
Many years after his death in 2007, the residence was burnt down. In response to whether the fire was an act of political arson, the Mayor of Taipei did not wish to speculate. He pointed out that historical buildings and monuments are blameless in times of conflict and that people are responsible for protecting these remnants of the past. The house was rebuilt in replica over the next few years.
Today the park is predominantly frequented by busloads of mainland Chinese tourists who visit its volcanos, hot springs and cherry blossoms. This work surveys the natural landscape, drawing out small and large frictions and inconsistencies caused by change within the historical context of the site.
Boe-Lin Bastian’s recent projects have included a residency and exhibition with MoCA, Taipei (2014), Built (2014) a solo exhibition at Grass Mountain Chateau, Taipei, and Goal! (2014), an installation at Platform’s SAMPLE space.Boe-lin has exhibited throughout Australia, Asia and Europe and has received grants, commissions and residencies through Australia Council, NAVA, RMIT, Queensland Government, Firstdraft and Asialink.
Mark Reid is a Melbourne-based new media artist. His practice explores connections between landscape, experience and the mediated image, seeking to reveal different ways of relating to the environment and our psychological and emotional responses to it. He has been curated into exhibitions at Rencontres Internationales (Paris, Berlin, Madrid), Beam Contemporary, Screenspace, Gaffa Gallery and Art Not Apart Festival 2014.
Roll up, roll up, welcome to the show about you!
Welcome to the wonderful world of play making. This show permits a space for writing, costume play and set design. Aiming to empower the participants through their engagement with the objects in the room. Encouraging interactions in new and unusual ways. As you decide your character, you decide the part you play. Maybe you will find something out about yourself or your fellow visitor when they put on a disguise!
What you can play with:
Costumes of various kinds
A script-making desk with photocopier
A prop and set design studio
A theatre space for play
Who can you play with:
The gallery leaves room for play, a setting out of ideas, an understanding of what is possible, and the freedom to choose what you do.