我們把它們融化並傾倒於土地

作者:mamoru
標題:WE MELT THEM AND POUR IT ON THE GROUND (single channel video essay, HD, stereo, 20’29", 2020)
簡介:
With some archival photos and recordings, this video essay introduces a true story of an archaeological excavation that took place in the rural east coast of Taiwan during the Japanese colonial period, more specifically during the heat of the Pacific War between Japan and U.S.A.. Two Japanese ethno-archaeologist Takeo Kanasaki (金關丈夫) and Naoichi Kokubu (國分直一) came to Peinan Site (卑南遺址) and excavated the site under the air raids of US military force. The work questions the motivation of doing such a dangerous excavation and look into their academic report "Research on a Prehistoric Site Near Peinan, Formosa (台灣東海岸卑南遺跡發掘報告)". The summary of the report is turned into an audio visual composition of flashing color, text and beats. It creates mesmerising lighting patterns and the rhythmic apparatus for the visitor to revisit an imaginary time-space of "January 1945".The video essay also introduces another different gesture which took place in the very same place where the Japanese archaeologists were targeted from the U.S. air fighters. The elders of Puyuma (普悠瑪) tribe from the neighbourhood recall and tell the artist that they had picked up the bullets, took lead from them, melted the lead, dug the earth making a mould and casted the lead to make accessories. The narratorial voice which sometimes changes its mode from story telling into spoken words, accompanied by the music, evokes the resonance between two gestures as a form of resistance against the violence of war, an affair of the nation-state.
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