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1999-2012 I Go Traveling Ⅴ / A Postcard with Scenery (ITALY) 我去旅行五/一張風景名信片(義大利篇)2007 4/23-6/9 5/18 Action 6/10-11/21 video-installation /Group exhibition /52th la Biennale di Venezia 52屆威尼斯雙年展─台灣館/ITALY

湯皇珍旅行五 自述/湯皇珍 威尼斯雙年展專輯
TANG Huang-Chen Taipei Fine Arts Museum of Taiwan
52th La Biennale di Venezia ATOPIA 2007.6-11

The fable that underpins I Go travelling began when the artist took part in a multinational exhibition in 1998. Two groups of artists made use of two essentially different display areas in Taipei and Paris, the subject linking them together being You Speak/ I listen. Revolving around the difficult and often paradoxical experiences between “ you and me,” ”receiving and conveying,” this started Tang Huang-Chen considering ways in which “ travel and communication “ are mutually established and led to more detailed observations of modern world defined by travel.

For me, from beginning to end, the parable the underscores I Go Travelling is linked to the core desire to communicate. This drive is seen as the process of searching for and finding one’s way: assessing received information, determining meaning and direction, attached to the beginning of the journey. With what is almost fatalism or irresistible appeal, individuals stick to the process- I am going traveling. Mistakes, misjudgments, doubts, hesitation and even the courage to risk losing one’s way or dying, always results in finding the way, with the ultimate goal of arriving at a point of communication.

I Go travelling is close to the way I think when searching for self consciousness in the black hole of nostalgia. I firmly believe that this is a fundamental awareness of one’s own time/space and the human condition. Only by looking for the right direction is it possible to find the way for ourselves. On the other hand, the execution of I Go Travelling is also a process of constant revelation. When the network of routes enters an era of multiple dimensions or a 21st century that resembles the accelerated speed of heated molecules, I Go Travelling not only echoes the core de desire to communicate but is simultaneously also hallucination.

However, those searching still choose the most realistic and fantastical journey to fallow. I Go Travelling is the name of a piece that seeks to concretely execute a modern journey as :fabrication-imitation-reconstruction-as with the scene in “ that photograph”- a journey.

「我去旅行」的寓言開始於1998年作者所參與的一個跨國性的展覽─兩組藝術家,使用兩個質性不同的展場,發生於台北與巴黎兩地,觸接的議題是「你說我聽」。翻轉於「你和我」、「接收和傳講」間困頓而弔詭的經驗,正式開啟了作者將「旅行」與「溝通」相互締結的思維以及對當代這個旅行世紀的觀察。

對我而言,「我去旅行」的寓言始終連接著一個欲求溝通的核心。這個核心體現在一個找路人的過程:判讀接收到的訊息,解出意義與方向,付諸行動開始行路;如一種宿命的質性或者是一種無法拒絕的引力,旅人一次又一次,快樂又悲苦執著著這樣的過程─我去旅行了。犯錯、誤判、狐疑、徬徨甚至甘冒迷途與死亡的陷阱總是找著路,希望來到溝通的終點。

「我去旅行」一面緊扣我在時空鄉愁的黑洞中尋求自覺的一貫頑念深信對於自我的時空以及人類處境的一種根本性的覺察與醒悟必須透過如同找路一般尋求與摸索的實際身心過程另一方面我去旅行的執行亦是不斷揭示著:當途徑的網路進入複數次元如分子高熱流竄的二十一世紀,「我去旅行」除了嗡嗡迴響著渴求溝通的慾望核心之外,溝通已是幻覺。帶著這股「我去旅行是人類為自覺處境的欲求所做最後一搏,溝通已是幻覺」的感傷,尋訪的人卻依舊選擇了最真實而也最虛幻的旅行出發了。

「我去旅行」以作品為名,要具體執行一個現代人的寓言行程:虛構─模擬─重建,一趟又一趟的旅行。

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