Return • Origin
Sound composition | 9'07" | 2019
聲音編曲 | 9'07" | 2019
Water is a topographic element of time, it is spatial and territorial.
Return and Reshape
The cycle of water in our planet, from rainfall to flows, from being reserved to evaperated, is an endless process. But human activities changed the nature of the cycle.
The treatment of wastewater is a series of steps that restore the water and release the energies. It seems to be a slow and quiet process, but after visiting each site, I can feel the strong impacts brought out by the speedy movements of things, especially when hearing the roars made by machines under high pressure.
I’ve seen nightingales perch by the sediment pond to catch fish, and heard, through hydrophone, the shrieks of metal fraction at the bottom of the pond, while the water surface maintained completely quiet, and fish swam freely in it. The noise and stench during the “restoration” of water suggests life and death, and a food chain lives relying on.
Through my collection of various sounds during the water supply and treatment in the TSP, my work explores the soundscape of technology—its traces over time.
Founded more than twenty years ago, Tainan Science Park provides businesses with comprehensive service; meanwhile, over this time it has developed its unique traits in the environs and built connections with local communities. The site expands across three districts, namely Xinshi, Anding and Shanhua. During the early construction, many archaeological pits had been discovered, later they were studied and defined as six cultural layers and eleven prehistoric phases, covering a period as long as 4,500 years. The excavated treasure greatly augmented the histography of the site.
TSP project investigates the water supply and treatment in the Park, a resource easily to be overlooked or unheard. The management of water, including its design and usage, tells us the crucial role of water(including “virtual water” accompanied with international trade of other commodities) in hi-tech industries and how it can be applied sustainably. The artists’ actions are to translate the Wastewater Treatment Plant’s supporting role in hi-tech industries, and the responsibility it carries up for the sustainability of resources.
Water as the essence of being, is the most basic element of life. In the world history and cultures all over the world, water is the symbol of enlightenment, wisdom, wealth, the origin of all, the core of civilization, rebirth and redemption, the beginning and end of life, as well as motherhood.