日常取向—當我們為生活切片Orientation of Daily Life: A Biopsy of Our Life
名稱 日常取向—當我們為生活切片Orientation of Daily Life: A Biopsy of Our Life
時間 2022/08/02 00:00 ~ 2023/02/05 23:59
地點 2館3樓展覽室J、2館3樓展覽室O、2館3樓展覽室P、2館3樓藝術走廊(Art Point)
Orientation of Daily Life: A Biopsy of Our Life
In this fast-paced world, work patterns, information explosion and social media frenzy have affected people’s mood in daily lives more than ever.
Thanks to the efforts made by their predecessors in the past with social development, people nowadays have more choices from major issues such as gender identity and relocation to trivia like travelling and basic needs. To continue their life, each person makes countless choices, which can be interpreted using one word: orientation. Here, “orientation” refers to the direction one chooses to move forward, including the roles they play, interactions with others and things they encounter in daily life that involves spatial transition and passing of time.
Daily life “biopsy” implies an approach to interpreting our everyday life and observing daily choices. The time of an individual or group can be divided into slices of different size that formulate their everyday life patterns. Alternatively, like its medical definition an examination of tissue removed from the living body, a “biopsy” of our daily life denotes the process of observing particular trivia in our life physically and mentally to reidentify the characteristics and patterns of daily life.
To each individual, alternating between the public and private spheres shape the major scenes of daily life. Home, representing a private space, is strongly linked to one’s development and affects family members’ personalities, traits and gender roles on a daily basis, during which each member strives to find the value and meaning of their existence. After leaving home, everyone must pass through public spaces including city streets, schools and hospitals and walk by transportation vehicles and even gutter guards, where they stop in or stay for a while––which they take it for granted––before moving to next destination. People’s daily life is an entity comprising trivial persons and things they encounter, which will constantly proceed and accumulate. However, if we separate the said persons and things one by one, we will realize that people’s orientations either statically or dynamically interact with one another, ultimately shaping their perceptions of worldview, meaning of life or lifestyle at the present moment.
Serving as a platform for daily life reinterpretation and self-cognition establishment, this exhibition attempts to connect viewers’ life experiences through visual culture with three subthemes, namely “positioning”, “normality” and “gathering and dispersing”. The tour route on site allows visitors to appreciate the exhibits alternately at different distances and mentally perceive the surrounding physical environment, through which they can examine the roles they play as well as their relationships and interactions with others in daily life. Featuring works created by artists Chen Wan-ling, Chang Teng-yuan, Lai Chih-sheng, Huang Hai-hsin, Su Tsu-han, Yu Shih-fu, Lai Wei-yu, Li Cheng-liang, Wang Yu-song and Shi Meng-hsin regarding their care for and “biopsy” of daily life, the exhibition reveals “daily life orientations” formed in various spaces and times.
To most people, home is a place providing shelter as well as the first collective they face, which affects family members regarding their personalities, traits and gender roles on a daily basis. These family members all attempt to “position” the value and meaning of their existence environmentally, physically and mentally.
People have certain expectations on their future houses, while the house-buying frenzy today has strengthened the effects of external social factors (e.g., consumerism) on the notion of “home”. Individuals have been trying to “position” their ideal lifestyle, such as questions of whom they want to live and start a family with, whether they want to live alone or live with others and how should a good family be like. Their interactions and relationships with other family members have become part of daily life. Regardless of the role(s) they play, companion with or absence in another member’s life, responsibilities or burden, happiness or sadness, each individual, as a family member, will go through the process of “positioning” themselves and others symbolically and mentally.
Despite their different ethnic and family backgrounds, most individuals start to interact with various groups once leaving their mother’s womb and being welcomed by the world. The private-to-public space journey has help established the life of the so-called “normality”, which also reflects the relationships between individuals and their daily routines as well as experiences gained from these normal days.
Daily life is full of interesting objects that prompt people to think about the border between public and private spheres. Despite being trivial, common objects in everyday life (e.g., tissue paper)––serving for private and public use––are vital and indispensable products representing the development of human society as well as life “normality” shared by people with different social status, ethnic backgrounds, gender identities and other orientation.
When people leave the private sphere and walk into public spaces, they may first see dazzling lights in city streets. After turning into an alley, they will likely bump into some corners where the private and public spheres overlap. Under such circumstances, common objects in ordinary buildings, such as lattice windows, outdoor units of split-system air conditioners, signboards, and lights, all symbolize the “normality” scenes formed in individual daily life and social environment.
Gathering and Dispersing
In everyday life, people commute by vehicles and public transport, during which they find themselves amid strangers in the public sphere. In such brief encounter, the moment of “gathering” and “dispersing” has formed a great part of daily life.
To each individual, life is full of daily routine and random events as they work with colleagues in the office, take classes with classmates in the school or have a weekend getaway. Taking the same route to work every day, a person would still see distinct scenes because of varying traffic conditions such as barricades and anti-collision barrels raised due to road construction or closure. The individual-to-group transition has changed the development of living environments and public spaces in urban areas, where the act of “gathering” and “dispersing” constantly occurs among various people and things, depicting dynamic scenes of daily life.
王煜松 Wang Yu-song
石孟鑫 Shih Meng-hsin
李承亮 Li Cheng-liang
盂施甫 Yu Shih-fu
陳宛伶 Chen Wan-ling
張騰遠 Chang Teng-yuan
黃海欣 Huang Hai-hsin
賴威宇 Lai Wei-yu
賴志盛 Lai Chih-sheng
蘇子涵 Su Tsu-han
Special thanks to-
國立臺灣美術館 National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
藝術銀行 Art Bank Taiwan
Curator: Huang Jing-jung
Executive Team : Huang Jing-jung, Huang Jui-ling, Hsu Chia-chen