TAI Project

video installation and live events

dimensions variable

2016

TAI is a hybrid work incorporating both performance and exhibition. It employs interaction and participation to explore the relationships among time, space and the body within the art museum. The artist Yu Cheng-Ta invited TAI, a model of mixed French and Thai ancestry, to participate in the performance. Androgynously dressed, TAI poses with his body to become an artwork in a museum exhibition, and his images were shared with the viewers around the world on social media. The work TAI employs the ambiguous zone between the performer’s true and false identities to provoke visitors into considering questions of gender identity, body politics, and body language. As visitors move from “viewing” to “perceiving,” TAI pushes them to keep an open attitude towards pre-designated gender identities of men and women. As subjects within the modern media environment, TAI’s incorporation of webcasting and social media forces visitors to consider their place within the virtual social landscape of internet, and, more broadly, how such a landscape can be presented through a “work” in the museum. When self-identity and the public gaze are magnified and extend to another level, can art become a

life experience?

Installation view at the exhibition Arena, 2017 ©Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Credits

Contributors: TAI, Samantha Shao, Tiffany Lay, MW Studio, Rita Chang, James Feng, LEZS Magazine, Mr. Triangle, Nina Yang, Manda Wu, Joey Lin, Yenting Yang, Stanley Hsu, XIWI Chang, Oz Page, Shu-Shan Chen, Streaming Love, Raymond Leung, Kevin Chuang, Hertz Chang, Zi Jia-Syu, Tom Nieh, Joey Lin, Marvin Lin, Flora Kung, Hacker Huang, Lavon, Pin W, Cameo Li, JHU, Hana, Rose Mary

Commissioned by the exhibition Arena at Taipei Fine Arts Museum

© 2020 by Yu Cheng-Ta. All rights reserved.