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If the (Island's) Body

Is a (Marginalized)

Rice Dumpling

Par Excellence

double-channel video installation / 16'53" / 2016

Combining the imagination of the body politics with the exploration of S/M culture, Yu created this quasi-novel theatre Slave Auction in the form of two-channel video in collaboration with Corrine, a BDSM performing artist. Written and performed by Corrine, a plot of this theatre revolves around the process in which the body (of a pet) was transformed into a more value artwork (for auction) by her owner's training. The ambiguous same-sex love between the pet and the owner blossomed with the development of the plot by virtue of the pet's self-bondage and the farewell kinbaku, which bears more than a passing resemblance to the kinship, mentorship and friendship between Su-Zhen Bai and Xiaoqing of the Legend of the White Snake mentioned in the article "Bouncy Horney Rice Dumpling." This work not only exhibits the self-awareness emerging out of the tug-of -war between "submission" and "identity," but also embodies Yu's consistent linguistic manipulation at the meta-level. The theatrical performance and interview conducted outside the stage overlap with each other, making our lines of sight wander on the border of the theatrical framework.

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installation view at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2017 ©Taipei Fine Arts Museum


Actors: Corrine, Hava, Elza, Nancy / Rope Choreographer: Maya Mai, Shin Nawakiri

Assistant Director and Producer: Wang Shao-Kang / Photographer: Chuang Kai-Yu, Huang Yung-En / Focus Puller: Lin Yi-Chi / Gaffer: Chuang Hong-Xiang

Best Boy: Lin Jia-Wen / Boom Operator: Feng Zi-Ming / Hair and Makeup Artist: Edna Hung / Set Decorator: Liu Yu, Wu Sih-Chin / Still Photographer: Wu Cia-Shiuan / Production Assistant: Chang Yun-Han, Shaun Chang / Editor: Kassey C.M. Huang / Assistant Editor: Criscent Guo Jei-Yu / Colorist: Huang Yung-En / Sound Designer: Feng Zi-Ming / Production Supervisor: Ding Jing Image Studio

Commissioned by the exhibition Brocken Specture at Taipei Fine Arts Museum

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