Site Effects 場址效應
Site Effects 場址效應
展覽主題的英文發音Site Effects，也很容易聯想到英文單字「副作用 Side Effects」。副作用是為了獲得好處，而必須承擔的額外風險或負面影響。這個意涵也提醒我們現況的種種陰影面：流行病、疫苗接種以及 COVID-19等許多改變你我生活又不可估量的影響。然而，把副作用直接對照流行病時，這個語詞也可反向思考。因為疫情，人類開始重新思考自己存在的價值；在這種狀態下，藝術家們也開始思考自己的創作與環境之間的其他關係。
The group exhibition is a cooperation of current and alumni artists of the Art Site of Railway Warehouse. The artists reflect upon contemporary challenges they encounter while the worldwide pandemic has changed all inertia and habits. It has directly and indirectly influenced everyones’ lives, especially by creating distance between the individuals.
The theme of the exhibition refers to a geological term, seismic site effects, which are related to the amplification of waves in geological layers. Studying local site effects is important as it helps us understand the soil’s response and motion at the ground surface due to an earthquake. Likewise, visitors to the Art Site know that there are actually constant perceptible resonances on the floor surface caused by the passing trains, accompanied with acoustic vibrations.
The sound of the title can also easily be connected with the term side effects, which are additional risks or negative effects that must be accepted in order to receive a benefit. This meaning evokes the shadow of our time, the pandemic, the vaccination, and many other life changing incalculable effects of COVID-19. However, when the side effects are directed at an epidemic, such a term becomes reversed. It can be said that because of the epidemic, human beings have begun to rethink the value of their existence. In this state, artists have also begun to think about other relationships between their own creation and the environment.
We can say that the epidemic was like a big earthquake that shook everyone out of the way and widened physical distance, but through this situation, forcing us to confront and reflect on all that we are doing, it showed how close people are to each other spiritually. Through reflection, we have the opportunity to know what is truly valuable and beneficial, which unites people.
The exhibition does not solely focus on COVID-19, but aims to reconnect the separated individuals. Artists from various media, from different lands and cultures share their experience. When the floor literally shakes under them, carrying the symbolic meaning of the reality of the outside world, they transform these seismic effects into creative directions. The artworks are offering some kind of solutions and relief, if making and enjoying art is not enough for one.
安德烈．古登拉斯 André Gudenrath
萬志軒 Chih Hsuan Wan
張群 Chun Chang
吳嘉峻 Jia-Jiun Wu
林楷育 Kai-Yu Lin
鄭森雨 Sen Yu
湯明煦 Tamas Szvet
戴孜嬣 Zihning Tai