Aesop's Bat
2014

Animal Bone, Crystal, Marble, Gofun, PVC,
Dimensions Variable

 

伊索的蝙蝠系列
2014

動物骨骼,水晶, 大理石, 胡粉,PVC

尺寸依場地可變

In a world that is constantly changing, how should we deal with those things that change/don’t change? Two stories in Aesop’s Fables reveal how bats have adapted to their own physical features and lifestyle over the years and the very different ways they have been viewed in societies and cultures.

What is a bat? In terms of appearance and natural evolution, the bat appears to be a combination of different animal characteristics. Its head looks like a pig, its body like a mouse, and its wings like a bird, but it has webbed feet like a frog. Even its skeleton is hollow to facilitate flight.

The work Aesop’s Bats takes the evolutionary characteristics of bats as its starting point, collecting the bones from different parts of various animals and combining them to create different-sized bat skeletons. This creates a harmonious visual structure, but is chaos-based creation derived from biological evolution. How will Aesop’s bats look as they soar into the sky? Moreover, how should we present our existence as individuals in a changing society?

" 伊索的蝙蝠" 這個作品從《伊索預言》兩篇關於蝙蝠的故事展開,揭示了蝙蝠長期因應自身的構造與型態,在不同的社會、時代、文化詮釋下迥異的處境。

 

蝙蝠是什麼?印象與自然演化上好像是不同類型動物特徵的綜合體:頭像豬,身體是老鼠,翅膀又像鳥,但卻是如青蛙指間的蹼,連同骨骼也演化成中空以利飛行。

 

朱駿騰的作品「伊索的蝙蝠」以充盈各種演化特徵的蝙蝠作為起點,蒐集各類生物不同部位的骨骼,組合成副副不同大小的蝙蝠骨架——和諧的視感結構,卻是生物演化中滿斥渾沌的創造——這些「伊索的蝙蝠」將以何種姿態,飛翔於天空之中?又,身而為人,我們該以何種姿容,在變盪的社會中展演個人的生存狀

The Birds, the Beasts, and the Bat

The Birds waged war with the Beasts, and each were by turns the conquerors. The Bats, fearing the uncertain issues of the fight, always fought on the side which they felt was the strongest: when the Bats saw the Birds getting the better of it, they claimed they can fly that they were Birds for all there was in it; when the tide of battle turned, they immediately said that they and the Beasts were looked so alike that they sided with the Beasts.

 

 When the battle was over, peace was proclaimed, the conduct of the Bats was discussed at the peace conference, and it was apparent to both Birds and Beasts. Therefore being condemned by each for their treachery, the Bats were chased and driven forth from the light of day, and henceforth concealed themselves in dark hiding-places, flying always alone and at night.

 

  He winds up friendless who plays both sides against the middle.

 

......蝙蝠宣稱他絕對是鳥類。但是,當情勢翻轉過來,蝙蝠立即選擇和走獸們站在一起。......戰爭結束後,大家發現蝙蝠這種欺騙的行為是無法寬恕的,決定共同將蝙蝠趕走。......《伊索寓言》〈蝙蝠.鳥.走獸〉
 

The Bat and the Weasels

 

A Bat who fell upon the ground and was caught by a Weasel pleaded to be spared his life. The Weasel refused, saying that he was by nature the enemy of all birds. The Bat assured him that he was not a bird, but a mouse, and thus was set free.

 

Shortly afterwards the Bat again fell to the ground and was caught by another Weasel, whom he likewise entreated not to eat him. The Weasel said that he had a special hostility to mice. The Bat assured him that he was not a mouse, but a bat, and thus a second time escaped.

   

It is wise to turn circumstances to good account.

 

......蝙蝠告訴黃鼠狼,自己不是隻小鳥而是一隻老鼠,黃鼠狼因而釋放了牠。......牠向另一隻黃鼠狼保證自己並不是老鼠,而是一隻鳥,因此再度逃掉。......《伊索寓言》〈蝙蝠與黃鼠狼〉

Installation View:  2014 Taipei Biennial , Taipei Fine Art Museum

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