TheCube Project Space is pleased to present Artificial Unit. Curated by Sun Yi-Cheng, this joint exhibition proceeds in two phases. The first phase will take place on 22 February 2020, featuring Japanese artist Ai Hasegawa at TheCube Gongguan and Taiwanese artist Hsu Che-Yu at TheCube7F. Their works are scheduled to be on view from 22 February to 12 April 2020. The exhibition simultaneously at two different venues that will be open respectively at 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM on 22 February 2020.
Artificial Unit can be construed as a continuum of Unit of Interdependency, another curatorial project by Sun in 2018 that not only questioned the appropriateness of mainstream societal units (i.e. family and community) under the law and order in contemporary Taiwanese society, but also focused on the relations of collective production among artist communities/collective More specific, Artificial Unit shifts its focus back onto the most primeval state of symbiosis/coexistence among human beings (e.g. conjoined twins and reproduction) as well as the ensuing expansion and continuation of the Self. As the essence of life is becoming increasingly digitalized nowadays, this exhibition on the one hand seeks to reexamine how the existing units (incl. nation, family, race, and self) were formed through the “regulated co-production,” and on the other hand tries to construct an ideational model for the question as to “how people fabricate units” on the basis of exhibition and scenario-based performance.
▍About Exhibition (1st phase)
@ TheCube Gongguan (Wed. – Sun., 2-8pm)
(Im)possible Baby (2015)
documentary film, images and text
(Im)possible Baby is a speculative design project which aims to stimulate discussions about the social, cultural and ethical implications of emerging biotechnologies that could enable same-sex couples to have their own, genetically related children.
Delivering a baby from same-sex parents is starting to not look like a sci-fi dream anymore – recent developments in genetics and stem cell research, such as the achievements of scientists from Cambridge University in England and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science have made this dream much closer to reality. Jacob Hanna, the specialist leading the project’s Israeli arm, said it may be possible to use the technique to create a baby in just two years. “It has already caused interest from gay groups because of the possibility of making egg and sperm cells from parents of the same sex,” he said.” Is creating a baby from same-sex parents the ethical thing to do? Who has the right to decide this, and how? This project aims to design and inspire debate about the bioethics of producing babies from same-sex couples. In this project, the DNA data of a lesbian couple was analyzed using 23andMe to simulate and visualize their potential children, and then we created a set of fictional, “what if” future family photos using this information to produce a hardcover album which was presented to the couple as a gift. To achieve more public outreach, we worked with the Japanese national television service, NHK, to create a 30-minute documentary film following the whole process, which aired in October 2015.
@ TheCube7F (Wed. – Sat., 2-7pm)
Single Copy (2019)
video installation (21’17”), glass fiber
In 1979, conjoined twins Chang Chung-Jen and Chang Chung-I, who were 3 years old at the time, underwent surgery to be separated in Taiwan. The operation took 12 hours and was broadcasted live on television. In this unusual process of media exposure and the space-time backdrop of the event, the body is treated as different social and political symbols. In order to rehearse for the separation surgery, the National Taiwan University Hospital invited artist Hsieh Hsiao-De to make a cast of the conjoined twins for the doctors to study and practice on. However, because it was difficult to control the babies during the molding process, the attempt to make a cast was unsuccessful, and instead of a cast, a clay sculpture was then created.
In this project Single Copy, Hsu has re-casted the body of the now 43-year old Chang Chung-I, and also use 3D scanning technology to archive his body. The data from the archive are then used as sources for capturing memories from Chang’s earlier life. When Chang was 21 years old, he played a role in the movie, Falling Up Waking Down, portraying a teashop owner whose shop was inside a converted old bus. About two decades later, Chang is now 43 years old, and he has repeatedly thought about what it would be like to run that old bus-converted teashop. In real life, Chang is married with two kids, and this artwork overlaps his present life with the fictional setting.
Born in 1990, Taipei, Taiwan. Graduated from Graduate Institute of Trans-disciplinary Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, and the Department of Life Science, National Taiwan University. As a curator and co-organizer of archipiélago community (TW-bioart community), she takes curatorial practice as approach to produce alternative knowledge and take community-building as fundamental work to cooperate with others. Recently, as curator, she works in TheCube Project Space.