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Walking the Crack

 

 

The Chinese word for “walk” also means “to get things done” and “to move.” By walking/doing/moving, people have woven together the complex fabric of cities, history and culture. We often talk about “entering/exiting history” or “going into/coming out of a dream state.” Walking involves reality, fantasy and dreams. We also often talk about “finding a path” or “seeking the way,” using the everyday act of walking as a metaphor for the search for a goal in life. When human beings (or civilizations) encounter a heavy blow, “walking” becomes a rite to set things in motion and an act of healing. “Crack” not only refers to the spatial experience of walking, but also signifies that people always move “between” one event and the next, implying that moving “between” events always calls for strategy. This exhibition takes “Walking the Crack” as a metaphor for the contemporary state of existence, bringing together the works and writings of artists of different generations since the 1960s, from both Taiwan and abroad, and opening a conversation among them. On the second floor of Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the corridors ambiguously signify pathways, forming two crosses. The exhibition combines artworks in a wide variety of media with a spectrum of research perspectives, attempting to integrate viewing and reading into a single experience of “Walking the Crack.”

 

Walking creates paths, which may be shortcuts or perhaps detours. A path may start from tracking others or following in their footsteps. Sometimes people march in line. Sometimes they pace back and forth. Sometimes they walk a perilous road (for instance, we speak of risky affairs as “walking a tightrope”). These many different walking paths form lines, some running parallel to each other, others intersecting, all of them ultimately interweaving into a surface and forming a network. This is also how the exhibition connects art with daily life, artists with viewers, artworks with spaces. The viewing and reading of the exhibition are drawn together into a cycle, which implies the cycle of birth and perishing that encompasses the universe and all things.

 

Curator: Fang-Wei Chang 

 

 

Participating Artists:

Suling Wang, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Pak Sheung Chuen, Jin-Hua Shi, The Otolith Group, Te-Lai Ho, Huasheng Li, Tai-Chun Chou, Tung-Lu Hung, Janine Antoni, William Kentridge, Jingfang Hao & Lingjie Wang, Ni Hao, Hilo Chen, Chi-Kwan Chen, Jiro Takamatsu, Hung-Chih Peng, Kuang-Yu Tsui, Mona Hatoum, Li-Juan Huang, Shih-Chiang Yeh, Omer Fast, Lucio Fontana, Yau-Horng Deng, Liu Yu, Han-Chih Liu, Noemi Marquez, Tehching Hsieh.