2020-01-16

Performance– Luminous Shadow

Year 2020, come April, I will be part of a conceptual performance in Taipei, “Luminous Shadow 浮光流影” with two other artists. A new experience, still much to prepare. https://npac-ntch.org/zh/festivals/TIFA/2020/events/program/details/13

2020 TIFA Luminous Shadow / 王佩瑤「浮光流影」音樂會

Memories Flowing from the Novel, Turning Time into A Sonata.
Memory can be luminous so as to cast shadows in time. Certain memories in life are so profound that they need to be slowly brewed and carefully tasted, similar to the process how literature is penned, music is composed, or photography is developed.

Inspired by the bestselling novel The Stolen Bicycle written by WU Ming-yi, pianist WANG Pei-yao seeks to explore a new dimension of literature and music through the complexity of life itself. Musicians WANG Pei-yao, William Wei, laureate of the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, and Victor Coo, the Filipino-Chinese cellist, perform pieces by the Eastern European composers Janáček, Ligeti, Enescu, and Kodály. Some of the pieces were based on rural folk songs collected by the composers, which then inspired them to produce compositions of their own. This process is akin to the way readers experience different dialects phonically throughout the novel. The music reflects the elaborate setup of the novel to evoke the audience’s deep hidden emotions. Jeffrey Lim, the Malaysian photographer, joins forces with the musical troupe in performance. He will transfigure the music into images for recollection, thereby allowing the stories to live on in the memory.

記憶自小說流出, 把時間走成一首樂曲。
記憶是明亮的,才能在時光中投下陰影。生命中有某些記憶太深刻,必須慢慢醞釀、仔細品味,就像是寫作、作曲或是沖洗照片的過程。

受吳明益暢銷小說《單車失竊記》啟發,鋼琴家王佩瑤將盤根錯節的生命軸線中的「記憶」化成音符,尋覓文學與音樂的全新面貌。王佩瑤、伊莉莎白女王國際音樂大賽優勝得主魏靖儀、菲律賓華裔大提琴家高炳坤等音樂家,聯手演奏東歐作曲家楊納傑克、李蓋蒂、埃內斯庫、高大宜等人的作品。部份作品的靈感來自於這些作曲家蒐集到的鄉間民謠,據以創作出他們自己的曲子。這個過程類似讀者體驗小說中不同方言的發音。音樂反映出小說中的精心設計,觸動深藏在聽眾內心的情感。馬來西亞攝影藝術家林猷進也共襄盛舉此計劃,將音樂轉化成回憶的影像,讓故事繼續活在記憶中。

2020-01-02

Reflection– on self

Artist’s Reflection– When Kanta Box Kamra (2014) & KANTA portraits (2017) project started out searching for concepts of identity, little was known of the outcome or the expectations of what will be found. Many of the processes and methodology were developed organically from the experiences and circumstances. The journey has been very revealing and challenging; physically, mentally and spiritually. Being in both local and foreign countries, understanding the social construct of how states project and form social strata, leading to which are the circumstances we are found in and responding to.

Indigenous groups and tribespeople have always been living in-between or at the crossroads between their existence and the ‘known world’. Identity therefore becomes the need to define, to be ‘known’, and to a certain extent, to conform, assimilate, integrate or be restricted and contained. Building archetypes as references to a structure of the human condition, the known world we live in has disabled and enabled the way we define and identify ourselves, either from our inherent past, genealogy, geospatial, polities. Understanding their predicament, is in a way to see our past and foresee a future.

Experiencing these conditions and circumstances from the studies and field trips, I have developed my thinking and understanding on the subject of identity. At this moment, I am still researching and reflecting. With time, I hope to either produce artworks or a publication on the experiences. (Taken from Cendana final Milestone report May 2019. edited).