Taipei Biennale: Post-Nature—A Museum as an Ecosystem

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    Abstract

    Lucy Davis (Migrant Ecologies Project)
    Fragments from the Together Again (Wood:Cut) series
    A material-led research into stories of wood in Southeast Asia. 2008-ongoing

    The assemblage of works displayed here comprise small fragments, produced at different stages during what is now a ten year material-led process of research into stories of wood in Southeast Asia. The project’s different iterations have collectively attempted to work through the material of wood-print and cut-wood in order to recast the form, spirit and micro-gestures of the mid twentieth century Malayan modern woodcut movement by artists of the migrant Chinese left in a context of continuing, macro scale “cuttings of wood” i.e. regional deforestation.

    Instead of searching for “the spirit of a tree in the wood”, or in the various wooden objects she had collected on the streets of Singapore, each of Davis’ woodprint-collage and animated film works aim for the reverse: The collages are made of small variegated fragments of prints of the objects, pasted laboriously together again, in an endeavor to indexically-invoke:
    The spirit of an object in the dream of the original tree (tree collages)
    The spirit of an object in the reproduction of timber patriarchies via family photographs (wood-people collages).
    The spirit of an object as it metamorphosizes through wood-thickened ecologies, where dreams in DNA code meet forest spririts and where fingerprints meet woodgrain, across the archipelago.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationTaipei
    PublisherTaipei Fine Arts Museum
    SizeTwo room installation
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2018
    MoE publication typeF1 Published independent work of art or performance
    EventTaipei Biennial - Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
    Duration: 17 Nov 20183 Mar 2019
    https://www.taipeibiennial.org/?lang=EN

    Keywords

    • Contemporary Art
    • Ecology and Art
    • Post humanism
    • Storytelling
    • animated film
    • woodprint collage
    • Wood DNA

    Field of art

    • Contemporary art

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