Tsai, Ming-Liang - The Theater in the Boiler Room
On the invitation of the Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs, Tsai, Ming-Liang has turned a unique old boiler room in the old Songshan Tobacco Factory into an installation space.
Tsai, Ming-Liang discovered that in Taipei there werealready quite a lot of underpasses that have been turned into alternative “idle spaces”, but they are also a kind of memory medium in which the ambience of former times have congealed. Through a video installation, Tsai Ming-Liang has created a performance piece where an actor, simultaneously on a stage and in a tunnel, is paired with the sinuous and lingering sound of an old song, melding the characteristics of stage and performance space. It therefore produces a unique visual and spatial experience. In addition to all this, he has recycled some old-fashioned items—a chair, a clock, a television, and placed them in the installations, allowing the spectators to sit if they like, discuss, relax, drink coffee and enjoy the atmosphere of the old tobacco factory’s architecture and style as well as the art installations. After experiencing an extraordinary beauty and atmosphere molded by time, one can reflect on the hyper-fast consumerist nature of contemporary civilization.
"Nomination Reasons"Commentator:Chiang, Po-Shin
In the films of Tsai, Ming-Liang, he pays attention to spaces formed by flow of desire; in recent years, however, he has shifted his attention elsewhere, to the viewing site formed by spatial installations at which films are played inside museums. The Theatre in the Boiler Room is an image projection project with the exhibition wall and the silver screen further merged together.
Through multilayered projection, Tsai combines different interfaces, such as the dancing bodies shot in an underground pass, the images in the furnace fire, and the old theatre seats, to form non-narrative motion images that pierce through and overlap one another.
The viewers seem to be able to submerge and dive into the invisible interface of haptic memory through steam that was once rolling in the boiler room. The project merges the silver screen, the exhibition wall, images, and bodies into an integrated visual form, unveiling the great potential of images in interdisciplinary flow.
Statement of artistic concept of this production/ exhibition.Please specially address the original and unique ideas of this project.
With the development of the city
it has lost its purpose, but it still exists aroundus.In life,
long forgotten feelings still exist in the body.
In the lingering scent of coffee,
imageintertwines with memory,
and stimulates other impressions and introspective reflections.
Aged chairs from Zhongshan Hall, the Class Two National Historical Site, were strewn acrossthe exhibition hall. An old clock was hung there, and old televisions were stacked on the firehole of the boiler, displaying the image of a bed. The whole room was lit by projections of Tsai Ming-Liang’s melodramas: In the nearly abandoned underground passages of Taipei, the faint echo of the city can be heard, and the occasional passing of the performers, a string of hollow footsteps.
A catering van was located outside the venue. For the price of a cup of hand-made coffee, the audience could sit on the “work” and become a performer in the theater too.
Features of Exhibition
1. The use of abandoned materials from a historical site, transporting them to another space,generating a new distance of viewing and a new experience of using.
2. The projection of excerpts from theater performances (the underground passages and the performers) in the installation creates an innovative and asynchronous combination of theater and exhibition that has not been seen before.
3. The installation art is usable. Audiences can sit on the chairs, talk, rest, and drink coffee at their leisure.
Please specify the percentage of new works of this project, and briefly introduce those new works.
This is a whole new work:
There are old chairs abandoned in the Taipei Zhongshan Hall
The antique clock stops
The old TVs are showing the image of a mattress
The underground passage is forgotten by time
People pass by occasionally
Stringing together hollow-sounding footsteps
You can buy a cup of coffee
Come in and sit down
From time to time Yao Li's song floats in
You forgot me in another dream
And yet we meet again tonight
Tsai Ming-Liang's performers Yang Keui-Mei Lee Kang-Sheng and Lu Yi-Ching
Please address the goal of this project, specify the meaning of this project to the professional development of the artist / group.
The Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs invited the artist to present the unique “Boiler Room” as the first work to be displayed at the Songshan Cultural & Creative Park when it first opened to the public. Following his own perspective on the development of the city, the artist took everyday objects and scenery that were unwanted or abandoned and brought them to the exhibition, either projecting images of them or actually placing them in the exhibition hall; regarding the planning and design of the hall itself, the artist left a lot of empty space to allow the audience to see the original characteristics and structure of the building, and at the same time to express its spirit. The installation used old chairs, clocks, television sets, popular songs, and images of abandoned underground passages and discarded mattresses to present a beauty and atmosphere shaped by time, compelling the audience to reflect on the value of the consumer lifestyle in a modern era that over-eagerly replaces the old with the new.
2011 鍋爐裡的劇場 台北松山菸廠
2010 是夢 上海雙年展
2010 情色空間2 愛知三年展
2010 河上的月色 學學文創大樓
2007 情色空間 故宮博物院 國際電影裝置展
2004 花凋 金門碉堡藝術節
Born in Malaysia in 1957, Tsai Ming-Liang is one of the most prominent film directors of the new cinema movement in Taiwan. In 1994, his film Vive L’amour was honored with the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, and established a place for him in the world of international film. In 2009, the first dramatization of Louvre Museum’s collection “Le Louvre s'offre aux cineastes,” entitled Face, has become the benchmark for films venturing into the world of art galleries. In recent years, Tsai Ming-Liang has also moved into installation art. His works have been displayed in Venice, Shanghai, Nagoya, and have been well-received. Among the pieces, It is a Dream has been reserved as a permanent exhibit at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum since 2010. At the invitation of the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center in 2011, Tsai has returned to theater performance with three monodramas, entitled Only You, after 27 years of absence.
2006 I Don't Want to Sleep Alone
2005 The Wayward Cloud
2003 Goodbye, dragon inn
2002 The Skywalk Is Gone
2001 Whatt Time is It There?
1998 The Hole
1997 The River
1994 Vive L’ amour
1992 Rebels of the Neon God
2012 No Form
2011 Hole 2011
2008 Madama Butterfly
2007 It is a Dream (Cannes 60th "To Each His Cinema" )
2011 The Theater in the Boiler Room
2010 It is a Dream
2010 Erotic Space 2
2010 Moonlight on the River
2007 Erotic Space
2007 It is a Dream
2004 Withering Flower
2011 Only You
List of main creative force, including director, playwright, choreographer, composer, performers, designers, curator, and artists.
Exhibition Director: Tsai Ming-Liang
Video/Image Director: Tsai Ming-Liang
Performers: Yang Kuei-Mei, Lu Yi-Ching, Lee Kang-Sheng
Production Manager: Vincent Wang
Costume Design: Sun Huai-Mei
Choreography: Cheng Tsung-Lung
Set Design: Lin Shih-Lun
Light Design: Lin Yi-Chieh
Image Technology: Yeh Sheng-Yi