Turn Beauty into Strength
美∞力


29 April - 3 May 2022
Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium, Taipei, Taiwan

A side event of Asia Pride Game 2022
2022亞洲同志運動會延伸展覽

We praise the moments of sports events when athletes actualise their full potential “the showcasing of strength and beauty”. Inspired by this concept, Coexist Exhibition named its exclusive exhibition project “Turn beauty into strength” to celebrate the launch of Pride Games.
“Beauty” is what most people think of art. But with “strength” joining force, “beauty” has the opportunity to enrich its essence with actual practice and labour in the course of “sports”. The exhibition is divided into three sub-themes - “Sports”, “Art Movement” and “Social Movement”. Through looking into different forms of “movement”, the exhibition invites creative workers who share interest in gender issues to show and present their works. On the basis of confined duration and space, the exhibition demonstrates the history of Pride Games and gender equality movement in Taiwan, as well as a creative marathon of contemporary artists using diverse mediums. By deconstructing and restructuring the concept of “turning beauty into strength”, we can have a glimpse of how two forces in friction and collision position themselves in the others’ viewing and self expression, and the dialogic relationship between individuals and the community.

Four participating artists, who are often involved in image processing, developed their personal relationship diagrams through the early, middle, and late stages of image processing. All kinds of relationships develop as phenomena through the effort of the involved one, it is a mixture of all dictions of close.

人們常用「力與美的表現」來形容運動賽事時,運動員爆發潛力的每個瞬間,「美∞力」的活動名稱延伸上述靈感,由多元成展 (Coexist Exhibition) 召集,是一個搭配同運會所舉辦的限時限地展演企劃。
「美」是多數人對於藝術的想像,然而「力」的加入,才有機會讓「美」在「運動」的過程中,增添更多實踐與勞動的內涵,活動現場分成「體育運動」、「藝術運動」與「社會運動」三個子題,希望藉由不同的「運動」型態,邀請對性別議題有興趣的創作者,於會展期間進行展示和發表,希望在限時限地的基礎上,展示同運會的歷史、台灣性別平等運動的歷史,以及不分媒材的當代藝術家接力創作,在解構並重組「美∞力」的觀點中,一瞥「美∞力」如何在摩擦與碰撞裡,面對他人觀看之於自我展現的處境,以及單獨個體之於社會群體之間的對話關係。



Close, 


21 January - 27 February 2022
Wure Area, Hong Kong


Usage of valediction in the letter structure is flooded due to thousands of sending and receiving. The customary and formal blessings may cover up the sincerity.

"Close", the exhibition topic, is challenging the possibility of becoming a valediction, which can comprehend as closed, not open, to end, to stop operating, careful, secretive, lacking air, near, similar, intimacy and so on. This magic ending word requires both the sender and receiver to believe in each other to align the corresponding interpretation even they are having different values of perspective for their relationship.

Four participating artists, who are often involved in image processing, developed their personal relationship diagrams through the early, middle, and late stages of image processing. All kinds of relationships develop as phenomena through the effort of the involved one, it is a mixture of all dictions of close.

文字式通訊的結構應用泛濫,信件中的結束語經歷了萬千次的往來,當中慣用的禮儀與祝願不免過多,形式上的祝福難免掩蓋了不少真實的誠意與期昐。

展覽題目是想像以“Close”成為結束語的可能性,五個英文字母組合後可以解讀成關閉、不開放、停止、結尾、密切的、團結的、親密的、仔細的、隱秘的或封閉的等等,甲方與乙方彼此渴望、確實和應有的關係在各自的世界觀下存在著分歧。含糊的結束語在挑戰彼此的差異,當信任對方的文字時,才能讓密語成立。

你的真誠和你的忠誠何時會如實呢?






Repetition Maximum (Artist Performance)


5pm-6pm, 30 October 2021
From JCCAC to RNH Space, Hong Kong

A performance for the duo exhibition “Too Good to Be True” and “Till Love Do Us Part”

“Repetition maximum” (RM) is a concept in weight training, referring to the most weight you can lift for a defined number of exercise movements. The performance is a voyage through time and space. Led by the artist and different media, surveying the bodies of our own and others, we re-evaluate the weight of our torsos in the society of the spectacle filled with digital images.


「最大重複次數」(RM)是一個健身中常用的概念,所指要求做某個動作能夠做到特定次數的情況下,此時舉重員能承受最大的重量是什麼。是次表演將此概念融入對人體的審視,把「特定次數」轉化為一種物理距離,藝術家透過對自身極限的挑戰,開展一段跨越時間和空間的旅程。藝術家透過不同媒介帶領觀者重新思考在充斥數碼圖像的景觀社會,我們肉身的重量。





Till Love Do Us Part


30 October - 12 December 2021
RNH Space, Hong Kong

Curated by Yang Jiang

Using images of human body obtained from gay dating apps and cityscape photographed at cruising spots, Liao Jiaming creates photo installations and prints. One’s feelings of angst, insecurity and doubts in finding love subtly permeate this body of works, whilst it questions the social norms that hold the reins to our understanding of ideality.

廖家明利用男同性戀交友應用程式上的人體圖像、「魚塘」的城市影像創作圖像裝置和攝影作品。作品中細膩地滲透著尋愛過程中的焦慮、不安、疑惑等情感,並質疑社會規範操縱人步向所謂完美主義之理想。



Too Good to Be True


15 October - 28 November 2021
Green Space, L7, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Hong Kong

Trained with profile pictures collected from gay dating apps, artificial intelligence (AI) generates a series of images, which compose the main content of the exhibition.

The similarity of the images implies people’s perception through social media and desirous pursuing of bodily perfection. The distortions, due to the interference from machine learning (ML) metaphorize the morbidity of it.

The use of ML not only questions the ways of the image production, asking the question “what is photography”, but also simulates how images are produced, stored, chosen and reproduced in the process of online dating. Nearly a case study of modern online dating, it shows how the notion of beauty has shaped our social behaviours thus influencing our self-cognition.

Other pieces of work demonstrate different perspectives of phenomena in online dating, raising an open discussion on the complexity and fragility in interpersonal relationship.


是次展覽的主體是一系列人工智能(artificial intelligence,AI)生成的圖像,而該AI為從男同性戀交友軟件中搜集而來的資料圖片所訓練。

這些圖像如此相似,展現了人們透過社交媒體對理想身型的理解和狂熱追求。因機器學習(machine learning,ML)的介入而產生的圖像扭曲,則隱喻了這種現象的病態。

ML技術的使用,從圖像生產的角度疑問“什麼是攝影”,也模擬了網絡交友(online dating)過程中圖像的生產、存儲、選擇和再生產。這幾乎可視作關於網絡交友的案例分析,展示了美的概念如何影響我們的社會行為和自我認知。

展覽中的其他作品關乎網絡交友的其他面向,討論人際關係的複雜和脆弱。







 

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