Performative Commons

 

2020

site-specific reflective installation

In this double height public space spanning across the third and fourth floors, I have designed a one-way glass performance stage set within a triangular relationship. Once participants have entered the third floor space, they are able to see themselves through multiple reflections. Other spectators can observe those participants from the darkness of the fourth floor. Simultaneously, a mechanical audience casts an eye over them – a CCTV records their every step. The artist will process the footage and make them available for others to use. Within these relationships, your role can be interchangeable over time. You can be the giver or the taker.

 

Through the construction of this performance stage, I aim to examine and explore the question of ‘What is Common’ in the context of Mongkok street performers’ exodus (When all street performances on Sai Yeung Choi Street were banned in 2018)

 

When we talk about Public Space, are we referring merely to the ground surface? Does it include the ambient noises, the light intensity, the transient schedule of performances or imaginary public realms? The performance of the body can be a form of shared expression. How would you rank the expressive capacity of the act of walking? Any act performed in public inherently carries elements of sharing, but can the evidence of such sharing (recordings) be used for further sharing or creative endeavours?

 

I invite you to turn your act of walking into a performance. As you walk, let your silhouette see, and be seen vicariously. Whether you are indifferent to the gazing eyes or grow anxious of their presence, you will never know who the audience is or will be. You don’t have to flaunt to please the crowd. All you need to do is walk while observing your own reflections, perhaps throw in some swagger; I won’t charge you either way.

展演共享

2020

特定場域裝置, 尺寸可變

在這3樓打通到4樓的公共空間,

我設計了一個單面鏡三角關係的舞台,參加者進入3樓的空間時會看到多個倒映的自己。其他觀眾能於4樓黑暗的角落看到參加者;同時另一個機器眼的觀眾---閉路電視監察會錄制影像,由藝術家負責整理並開放給其他人創作使用。而這個關係中,你的角色可以隨時置換,你可以供應也可以支取。

 

我想透過搭建這個舞台,來檢視旺角殺街事件中(2018年西洋菜街禁止所有街頭表演),對於「甚麼是共享(common)」的討論和想像。

 

我們指的公共空間只是地面、還包括現場聲量、光度、可流轉的表演時段,以及公共的虛擬世界?身體的表演是一種共通的表達,例如行路有沒有表達能力的高低之分?公共性有分享的特質,而分享的證據(錄像)可以再次共享和創作嗎?

 

我誠邀你在這個裝置中表演行路。而你行路的身影,會成就「放任地去看,放任地被看」的互動。無論你對別人眼光的態度是旁若無人,或是誠惶誠恐,在這裡你不會看到觀眾是誰,你不會為一小撮對象搔首弄姿,只是見到自己的倒影表演行路,或隨心的擺動,也不會收取費用。公共空間是免費的,而錄影後你腳部的畫面會化成供二次創作的材料,透過共享創意特許的條款,作品或會買賣,而你無償的演出,是貢獻著一個更大的創作群組,和此刻時空你專注於的自我和身體。

© 2021 by Yim Sui Fong

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