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whatnow Ulysses Machine Tang Huang-Chen's "I Go Travelling"--15 years later stage1
Solo Exhibition 2014 5/24~7/5 Performances & Discussions 6/7 6/28 / Art 8 / Hsinchu

尤里西斯機器 -回視湯皇珍「我去旅行」十五年
Ulysses Machine -Tang Huang-Chen's“ I Go Travelling"15 years later
Stage 1

〈尤里西斯機器〉 的形式:展、演、述三足跨域
Part1) 大型影音裝置與裝置中的表演
回視,總共十組相互關連的影音敘述設置,可以拆卸分組,依據持續漂流的三處展演空間進行變化,再度整體在空間中結合成「一個機器」—〈尤里西斯機器〉。
The ten groups of videos are interconnected and divided according to the three places in which changes occurred and then once again reintegrated as a whole as a machine: the "Ulysses Machine".
〈尤里西斯機器〉在展演時間擔負視聽,以可以一人進入停留大小(W150XL170XH230cm),或有門,或多方向入口之黑盒子機身為組合單元。 單元間留有通道,入內者選擇路徑進行停留觀視。
During the exhibition, the Ulysses Machine is a black box type unit that serves as a viewing area for one person at a time (dimensions: W:150cm x L:170cm x H:230cm) with a door or entrances on more than one side. There are access aisles between units, allowing visitors to choose the route they want to take and which units to stop in and view.
藝術家湯皇珍(原敘述者)將1999至2013執行完成的十件〈我去旅行〉再度疊入2014至2015的〈尤里西斯機器〉,形成一個個肖似又延展的影音關係,跌宕這屬於作者的十五年創作行旅。
Artist Tang Huang-Chen (the original narrator) incorporated "I Go Travelling", a piece which consists of ten works completed between 1999 and 2013, into her 2014-2015 Ulysses Machine to form a series of extended audiovisual relationships showing her 15-year creative journey.
進入〈尤里西斯機器〉的觀眾,實是在原敘與傳講中流竄,不斷在意念的組立與解體間「啓程」與「返航」,恰似希臘神話尤里西斯返家之行,荷馬千古纏頌的敘述。
Visitors that enter the Ulysses Machine alternate between the expression and understanding, with concepts being built up and others shattered. They set off on new journeys and experience course reversals much like Homer's Ulysses did as he strove to find his way home.
此〈尤里西斯機器〉既是影音裝置也是演出場域。故,於特定時間演出於此相同空間發生,將視聽裝置轉換成演出場所。演出再度升高表述與傳譯在語言、聲音、視聽、身體行為、表演之複性層次。緊扣湯皇珍〈我去旅行〉的核心與神話諍言—尤里西斯選擇接受「人必死」的命題以回返他記憶的容顏、故鄉、深摯短暫的生命;二十一世紀高速串流於無極資訊、媒體、科技、移動中的我們如何返航?
The Ulysses Machine, which is both multimedia equipment and part of the performance, is being shown at a specially designated time. As the performance progresses, visitors can choose for themselves when they "enter" and "exit" the machine. The performance consists of climaxes of expression and complex layers interpreted through language, sound, visuals, physical actions, and performance. In I Go Travelling, Tang Huang-Chen followed closely in the steps of Ulysses who chose to opted for a life of mortality rather than become a god, knowing that the brevity of life is the very thing that makes us cherish it. The 21st century is characterized by the flow of infinite amounts of information as well as by multimedia, high tech, and movement. Faced with these challenges, how are we to find our way home?

Part2) 敘述遺址
於外廳,或廳外,由遠處可眺望處等,視展場而異,設置一與“尤里西斯機器“透明體。如圖示遺址般。於此透明體地面,將由尤里西斯機器之平面結構進行解注;並於此透明立面,多重疊現“我去旅行“十件自述原型之文字

part3)論述場
論述,與上述一實質一透明裝置形成鼎足,同樣建構本創作計畫之場域空間。
分為幾個界面:
A論述場於展演空間中另闢一空間同時舉行。論述題旨如下:
1) 尤里西斯與尤里西斯機器
2) 湯皇珍口中的我去旅行原型
3) 2013湯皇珍尤里西斯機器記
4) 作為陌生旅者的尤里西斯機器之行
5) 湯皇珍我去旅行之於二十一世記的旅行
6) 湯皇珍我去旅行中的表述與傳譯
7) 溝通的慾望與寓言神話的所在
8) 走入作品中的旅行
9) 不可言之言不可旅之旅
10) 當作者成為作品
B尤里西斯機器日記出版
C藝術學系駐校互動計畫鏈結或觀眾互動計畫鏈結


〈尤里西斯機器〉的題旨:多層文本中表述與演繹的行旅
湯皇珍的〈我去旅行〉肇始於1999〈你說我聽〉,迢遞至2013〈墓誌銘〉。整整進行了十件計畫,歷經十五年,可以說是一跨接社會學與語言學的長程藝術創作。
Tang Huang-Chen's "I Go Travelling", a long-term interdisciplinary creation, encompassing sociology and linguistics, consists of ten projects produced over the course of 15 years, starting with "You Talk, I'll Listen" in 1999 and concluding with "Epitaph" in 2013.
作者提取「旅行」行為作為其行動寓言事件的擬態,直指此二十一世紀最頻繁、複性、吊詭的人類作為。演繹「旅行」之於當代展現於傳導、溝通、互動—無論是抽象心智或實質版圖領域的交換、異位、反噬、無盡變動昏昧的無法追捕。
The author chose the act of travel to encapsulate her sojourning activities, this ordinary, complicated, and paradoxical behavior of the 21st century, to serve as an allegory of sorts. Travel today is characterized by sharing, communication, and interaction in both the abstract and physical senses and involves exchange, displacement, reflection, and pursuit of an unattainable changing ambiguity.
如果〈我去旅行〉是為了言語與表述(達到溝通)—這一人類不死的慾望,那麼湯皇珍由遙望、環島、遠航、尋路、返鄉—終至潛往記憶底層、錨向自我身分意識與生命終點的回眸。正如同希臘神話中尤里西斯(奧德修斯)的迷航。那裡沒有征戰的英雄卻有堅持要回家的不死遊子,人的意志與天的際遇擺盪對恃浮沈與悟覺,終至返航也即將啓程。正如同由一個表述漂流到另一個表述,老是在航向意義的途中一次又一次迷路,那裡沒有必然的語言架構卻有堅持要溝通的不死慾望,人的心智與語言的覓徑擺盪對恃浮沈與悟覺,終至出聲也即將失舌。
If the goals of "I Go Travelling" are language and expression--undying desires of humanity, then Tang Huang-Chen's vision, travels, search, and return home settled deep into her memory and serve as an anchor for her self-identity and consciousness as well as a glance back at life's terminus. Much like the adventures of Ulysses in the Greek tale The Odyssey, our protagonist is no victorious hero, just a wanderer who wants to return home. Pendulum swings between human will and the fickle finger of fate produce a faceoff between the vicissitudes of life and the awakening of conscious, so that in the end, the return home marks the launching of a voyage of a different kind. In much the same way that the narrative drifts from adventure to adventure, continually striving toward the goal, but drifting off course time and time again, there is no necessary language structure, but there is an undying desire to communicate. The pendulum that swings between human psyche and the search for words produces a confrontation between the continual changes of life and awakening of conscious, so that in the end, words fail to express what she wants to say.
湯皇珍這一跨越十年的長程計畫挑動了二十一世紀上述最敏感的寓言行為—「旅行」,一次又一次探入藝術的心智活動所指—如何觀視、想像、演繹,對人類自身處境的覺知以及,藝術創作者由思考到傳譯,由概念到表述—無盡自我挑戰的逆風奮行。最終又一次被攪入2014的〈尤里西斯機器〉,製岀無比的一則盪氣迴腸、千繞百纏的敘述行旅。
Spanning 15 years, Tang Huang-Chen's project stirs up ideas of travel--an allegorical behavior of the 21st century, leading to mental adventures of art that include observation, imagining, interpretation, and an awareness of the human predicament. The process of artistic creation, from contemplation to interpretation from conceptualization to expression, is a constant challenge of self… an act that can be compared to sailing against the wind. In the end, she employed the Ulysses Machine of 2014~2015 to produce a narrative journey characterized by vicissitudes of life that is unmatched in the way it touches the soul.

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