“My Name is Little Black” 

 

2012

mix media installation

native Taiwanese myna bird, speakers, cctv camera

我叫小黑

2012

綜合媒材裝置

台灣原生種八哥鳥、擴音喇叭,擴大器,監視銀幕,攝影機

尺寸應場地可變

installation view

installation view: Taipei Art Prize, Taipei Fine Art Museum

 

“Little Black” is an native Taiwanese “Crested Myna” (speaking bird) that has been trained in speaking. In the installation, there are 8 speakers surrounding the bird and the birdcage. Every 10 second, each speakers would separately play the phrase “My name is little black” in different languages (with specific pronunciation and interpretation according to different culture). With the characteristic and expectation of that the bird would respond and mock the sounds it hears, this work becomes a training devise that teach the “Little Black” to say its name in different languages.

 

Each languages, I tried to include the countries or tribes, domestically or abroad, deeply influenced Taiwan, historically, culturally, or politically. In total 25 languages/countries ranged from Portugal, which first found Taiwan in Western history, to Japan, the US, China, South Asia, Hakka, and Taiwan aboriginal resident. But, can “Little Black” learn all these languages? This is an experiment for me as well. Maybe at last “Little Black”will keep responding what he has learned before causing speaking in different content. Meanwhile, I expect the possibility that he could learn the languages, even mix-used the languages.

 

Through this work, I tried to re-present the complicated factors and struggles of Taiwan 400 years history, providing a possibility and way to introspection.

 


「小黑」是一隻受過說話訓練的成年台灣原生種八哥鳥,作品中配置了8支喇叭環繞著八哥鳥和鳥籠,喇叭會以10秒一次的頻率,輪流用不同國家的語言說出『我的名子叫小黑』(依各自語言文化不同的發音和詮釋),再利用八哥鳥聽到聲音就會回應和模仿的特性和預期,使整件作品呈現為一個教八哥鳥用不同語言說自己的名子的訓練裝置。

全部24種語言裡,我試圖括台灣四百年歷史中不論對內對外,在歷史上, 文化上、政治上…深深影響台灣的國家或族群,從世界歷史上第一個發現台灣的葡萄牙到日本、美國、中國、閩南、客家、原住民…但最後八哥鳥小黑是否可以通通學會? 對我而言也像是一個實驗,或許最後小黑只會不斷回應著牠以前學過的話造成不斷雞同鴉講的情況,但同時間我也預期著學成的可能性,甚至是不同語言混合情況。

藉由這件作品我試圖重現台灣歷史總總複雜的變因和角力,提供一個重新「實驗」和反思個可能性

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