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HSU Jia-Ling

HSU Jia-Ling's Art Work Photo
HSU Jia-Ling's Performance Detail
HSU Jia-Ling's Performance
HSU Jia-Ling's Performance Detail Photo
HSU Jia-Ling's Art Work

HSU Jia-Ling

Location Spain / Barcelona
Residency Hangar
Year of the Grant 2015
Work A way for the ambivalence
HSU Jia-Ling was born in Taipei. She has bachelor’s degree in both Sociology and Law from National Taiwan University. She majored in performance and video production at the Art Institute of Chicago. She finds inspirations for her works from everyday experience, collecting the experience and imagination of “freedom” and “restraints” from own relations with family, religion, and love, and embeds “dream” and “memory” into the works. She uses her body, space, words, objects, and sounds, to convert the unspeakable emotions within into perceptual vocabulary, creating a collage on the timeline to present fragmented and open narratives. In 2015, she was chosen by Ministry of Culture for two-month residency program at Hangar in Barcelona, Spain.

Thoughts on the Residency Program:

When I was at Hangar, I was often told to “relax, go around and take a look.” Following the relaxed pace in Barcelona, I focused on experiencing the city’s rich cultural landscape. During this time, “relaxing” was my method of learning, and “inspirations” were ignited from the state of relaxation. Those seemingly “non-creative” activities enriched my life, and provided a “tender and soft” texture to the creative process, broadening my perspectives.

On the other hand, Hangar’s software and hardware were very much up to date: cameras and recording devices, sound recording and mixing equipment, printer and 3D printer, they had pretty much all the things we needed. There were also professional personnel to provide technical assistance, encouraging artists in residence to boldly put forth our ideas and freely experiment with them. It was a very friendly creative environment.

In addition to “experiencing the city” and “creating onsite,” I also wanted to have in-depth “local exchange.” If I could establish connections with local curators through Paratext, expanding the scale and space of display of the works, and meet audiences with different background, it would help me, or other artists in residence, to more comprehensively represent and showcase the residency experience.