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Chen Chieh-jen: Realm of Reverberations

Chen Chieh-jen, Realm of Reverberations 2015, video still. Courtesy the artist

See a duo of poetic short works made in collaboration with an elderly community in Taipei

The Chen Chieh-jen: Reverberations series concludes with a screening of two short works demonstrating the artist's socially-engaged approach to video.

Both works were made in collaboration with the community living in Taipei’s Losheng Sanatorium​. They each take a different approach to representing the lives of its residents, and Chen's engagements with them.

Realm of Reverberations

Realm of Reverberations takes us into the remains of Taipei’s Losheng Sanatorium. This was established by the colonial government of Japan in the 1930s to house and quarantine people with leprosy. At the point of filming, seventy per cent of the premises had been demolished.

In this work, Chen presents the perspectives of several individuals living and working within the sanatorium. Through these perspectives, Chen explores possible points of intersection, and the lingering effects of a past which is perhaps much less settled than it may appear.

In 2015, Chen Chieh-jen returned to Losheng Sanatorium for a screening of Realm of Reverberations. It was organised in the style of a temple festival parade.

Wind Songs

Wind Songs is a reenactment of what had been captured in the documentation of the ceremony. It pays close attention to details such as the facial expressions of audience members.

The work explores the impossibility of faithfully representing the bodily experience, perceptions and memories of either a social movement or a ceremony. Instead, it offers an imaginary shaped by these largely overlooked and seemingly ineffable moments and states.

Programme

Realm of Reverberations, Taiwan 2014, digital video, black and white, sound, 58 min, Mandarin with English subtitles
Wind Songs, Taiwan 2015, digital video, black and white, sound, 23 min, Mandarin with English subtitles

black and white high contrast image of a man sat on a motorbike. only the handles are visible and the background is entirely black.

Chen Chieh-jen Realm of Reverberations 2015, video still. Courtesy the artist

black and white high contrast image of a woman stood in a room of empty beds. it looks like an abandoned asylum or hospital.

Chen Chieh-jen Realm of Reverberations 2015, video still. Courtesy the artist

black and white high contrast image of a film being projected onto a screen in a field

Chen Chieh-jen Wind Songs 2015, video still. Courtesy the artist

black and white high contrast image of multiple outdoor film screens with a city skyline in the background. there are meandering paths through the screens.

Chen Chieh-jen Wind Songs 2015, video still. Courtesy the artist


The Chen Chieh-jen: Reverberations series is presented in partnership with Taiwan Film Festival UK

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Starr Cinema

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London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

7 March 2020 at 17.00–19.15

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