- Name： Chia Chien-Ju
- Residency： 98B COLLABoratory
- Country： Philippines
- City： Manila
- Residency Period： 2017/2~2017/4
- Disciplines and media： Installation
- Works in residency： SMile
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- Chinese URL： http://artres.moc.gov.tw/portal_c1_page.php?button_num=c1&cnt_id=197&search_word=&search_num=
For me, daily objects are kind of magic stuff can that people understand each other without language, even under the limitations of a language barrier, through the body's memory of how to use items used in daily life, while in a foreign country, I was still able to live as I had back home. In different countries, as long as the everyday items used are the same, then the body's memory of how to use these items can be commonly applied in any country.
I care about the relationship between local people and the daily objects like consumables around them. I believe that daily consumables are a major element to represent the taste, the style, and the most important—the spirit of a city.
Thus, in this project, I would like to use some objects that can be seen everywhere but might be overlooked. I will mix the daily activities and ordinary objects to create whole new experiences in real life. Using the most fitting method to demonstrate the appeal of the material used while also providing an appropriate response to the state of our lives comprises the thought process which serves as the basis of my works. Through the transition from old to new experiences, the daily objects complete their life journey.
Thoughts on Residency Program
Under the management of 98B, the combination of art and community seems quite natural here. They use the window space to plan the exhibition every six months to target not the passing tourists and art-goers, but rather genuine local residents. Instead of simplifying art for others, e.g. murals, street scenes, etc., we can softly share it with the public in a more diverse manner so that it can truly enter the body and produce new thoughts.
The Philippines was initially occupied by Spain and later the United States to produce their relatively westernized art styles, for example, the southeast Asian themes colliding with the western techniques. But what amazes me the most is their uninterrupted art history that can be wholly represented in a fine art organization. Through its art, we can see that the changes in the Philippines, include labor, totalitarianism, war, religion, civilians, capitalism, and representative contemporary art. Like in the west, art was seen as a right to not to give in to society and they are still preserved to this day to be rightfully seen by everyone.
Artists from Manila have a variety of individual art styles from performance art to painting and they are less likely to define themselves in a specific area. Instead, they are based on the individual's perception of art as a principle method of execution. As a result, this had led me to start trying to break away from my own framework of art.
In addition to letting me try a different creative state, this residency experience reminded me that in addition to the artists themselves, there must be more links with the outside world in the field of art. Creation may be an extremely personal task, but art is public.
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