Methodology of Things discusses a turn to focus on things other than humans in art and culture over the past two decades. 'Things' allow us to reexamine the relationship between art and a wider range of situations, including 'nonhuman,' 'nature' and 'inorganic,' through which we become aware of the reality of this conflicting coexistence and relinquish our superior position by acknowledging the systemic dysfunction of human governance.
Three artists are featured in the exhibition – Jui Chien Hsu, Joan Pomero and Chih Yun Lu. In their works, they have all constructed temporary scenes in different aspects that immerse the audience's body in a space shared by things, thus bringing them closer to the aesthetic meaning that is found in things and revolves around material or matter. The objective of the exhibition is two folds: it is hoped that the exhibition can offer an alternative route to understand other things, other people and the world; in the meantime, it revitalises the audience's perceptual modes through the artists' aesthetic approaches to enable them to truly learn from things. As the audience views the exhibition, they are encouraged to, instead of focusing on looking for reasons, free themselves to reach their sensory limits to a point that they discover new perceptual modes never used or felt before. What the exhibition aims to achieve is 'sharing feelings.' This points to an exchange mechanism that treats feelings and emotions as currency, which is philosophically known as 'affects' – 'a(to)-effect' – that are conveyed to sharers (of a space) along the continuation of time. Namely 'a bundle of affects'1 Affects are the core of the incomprehensible and indescribable 'overflow of emotions/feelings' induced by art. Affects cannot be found but only be aroused. In this exhibition, the artists' works, to a varying degree, carry this sense of continuity—be it the movement and change of light, the scattering and breaking of concrete, or the intangible atmosphere informed by the traversing, swaying wind, they all inadvertently enter our sensory perception and create an impact on our emotions.
We are all sharers in this scene of 'smelting (affect).'
Press release courtesy Live Forever Foundation.
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