Voice of the Bowls
-the acoustic piece
About acoustic and voice
The sound of objects is the main generator to explore during the residency. I will develop the acoustic sound of objects/substances that appeared in white terror archives about Ming-Chu Lee. Taking the acoustic and voice as the main medium to respond to the finite messages, retransform and extend them. As well as interpret the nonverbal and invisible vibrations beyond the archives.
There are uncertain and unknowns during the exploring progress, for sure. And it keeps appearing. "Something" might be approached, touched, or further understand by the practice when the sounds are on, perhaps.
English Translation by TingShou Studio
Voice of the Bowls
The project is concluded in two parts: an illustration book and an acoustic piece.
The “Bowls” is taken from one of the mutual aid associations: The Bowl Association (uánn-kong huē), which was organized by workers who worked in the Xinying factory of Taiwan Sugar Corporation (TSC台糖) around 1949. The TSC employees said: there were many weddings, funerals, and banquets then, and the rental of utensils and tools for each banquet was expensive, as well as the dishes were not good. So they initiated the purchase of shared bowls, utensils, and tools, etc for the need and rental. Rentals for members went half and it also could rent out to others. The established reason and the rules of this association, with about twenty members, were written in the archive of the 50s' White Terror. Why? It is linked to the founder and rules writer: Ming-Chu Lee. He used to work in the railway department of TSC and was accused of intending subversion against authority by illegal means. He ended up being executed in 1953 when he was 30 and became one of the White Terror's victims. Organizing The Bowl Association was not the main reason that caused Ming-Chu Lee to be executed, but the association archive inspire imagination about how the social situation was in Xinying, showing some clues about how the organizer reacted and lived as well. Moreover, from Ming-Chu Lee’s life experiences at TSC in Xinying, it had made the connection between the nobody in town and the context of human right history in Taiwan, in fact, the local was never absent.
This project is supported by National Human Rights Museum, Taiwan 2020
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