Three Suns | 三個太陽出版計劃

In 2017, shortly before I departed for the Arctic Circle Residency, I watched Olafur Eliasson’s talk at NYC Public Library. Towards the end of the lecture, he showed the newly launched Little Sun Diamond, a portable solar-powered lamp, from his pocket and played sunlight that he stored from Berlin to the New York audience.

This gesture of recording and reactivating the distant sun inspired me to utilize this solar-powered lamp as a tool to archive ephemeral moments in the format of light. Since then, I have collected decreasing sunlight in the Arctic Circle, the midnight sun in Iceland summer, and the last sunset from my no-longer-existing childhood home in Taiwan.

These three slices of sun have propagated into nine multidisciplinary projects. By utilizing the book as a form, I intended to transform these projects into sequential stories that interweave the subjects of human desire against the backdrop of the delicate northern landscape, memories eaten by termites, the degraded images on fermented film strips, and the fertile act against the natural flow of forgetting.

Books as tangible objects can be carried on the move, stored in the dark, and reactivated with actions reflecting on the processes of collecting “Three Suns”, which can also break the limitation of physical borders during this rather uncertain era and provide an intimate space for the readers to reflect touch, and unfold.

(Three Suns project will be published in the Summer of 2022)

2017年,出發前往北極圈駐村的幾天前,在紐約市立圖書館的一場演講裡,看見了藝術家奧拉維爾・埃利亞松,從口袋裡拿出新設計的「小鑽石太陽能板燈」,並在幽暗的演講廳向現場的觀眾,點亮了他一個禮拜前,在柏林所儲存的日光。

這樣將異地的天光握在手中的動作,觸發了我展開蒐集太陽的計畫。跨越了三年的時程,在三個不同場域裡,蒐集了三道日光。保存了北極海上逐天遞減的日照下那場荒誕的冒險、搬離台灣老家時最後一道夕陽的淺淺嘆息、和冰島永晝期間午夜陽光裡被招喚出來的黑夜。

隨後將太陽能轉換成的電力所發出的光,用16毫米膠卷拍攝成影像,經過投影放映,逝去的太陽在黑暗中冉冉再現,反射映照出了九個故事章節。經由書的形式再次陳封裝載,在世紀疫情下,代替身體穿越國界的藩籬,把遙遠他方的轉瞬即逝在眼前展開重現,就如同太陽能量透過各種生命形式轉換不滅。

希望在這個充滿未知的疫情時代下,能提供一個超越空間和時間限制的場域,與作品有更個人化和多層次的互動經驗。並計劃在出版品的最後,手工嵌入一秒鐘(24格)的16mm太陽膠卷作品,讓讀者可以擁有可能是從北極、冰島、或是台灣蒐集來的一秒鐘太陽,並可以將膠卷取出觀看、觸摸、甚至投影。提供在一般的展覽空間中,無法與作品私密接觸的互動性、以及數位出版無法取代的觀看可能和獨特蒐藏性。

(三個太陽出版計劃預計在2022夏季完成印製)

 

Special Thanks To

  • National Culture and Arts Foundation of Taiwan, The Arctic Circle Residency, SÍM residency, Studio Olafur Eliasson & ACT Programme

特別感謝

  • 國家藝文基金會, 北極駐村單位與同仁, SÍM駐村中心, 奧拉佛·艾里亞森工作室