The Sleep Building, 2020, video, pencil, paint, paper, toughened glass, rail and wood, dimensions variable
In her work The Sleep Building, artist Yen-Yen Ho proposes a method of interpreting tidal rhythms through human brain wave transformations, using “sleepwalking disorder,” a physiological response that often occurs during the transition from childhood to adolescence, as a metaphor for human consciousness and social relationships in this era, comparing it to the tidal waves on the eve of the full moon, the disorderly energy, and repetitive behaviors of human beings in distress. In this exhibition, a part of the work is presented in the form of video and drawing installation, in which the reconstructed text is interspersed in the furniture pieces, while watching the ebb and flow of a preschooler’s breath mingling with the sound of waves in his sleep.
The world maintains its equilibrium through the disorder and reorder of various orders, and we are repeatedly in the order given by the system. The Sleep Building is a reminder of the overflow of consciousness and the inability of today’s social system to alleviate such emotional states. The potential energy of the individual, which cannot be ignored, and the possible imbalance of the order, are hints of the world of tomorrow, and are questions that come from the experience of the individual in the world order.
(born in 1993 in Taipei) Yen-Yen Ho graduated from M.F.A. in School of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of Arts. Mainly developing from architectural/spatial installation, images and object assemblage, her works have long been inspired by personal sensibility toward the present and exploited scientific knowledge, specically of astronomy and geography as a metaphor of individual mindset. By synthesizing spatial experience and sensing the relationship between space and narrative, She captures the connectivity and looseness between reality and fiction. Ho was awarded the 2017 Next Art Tainan Award, shortlisted for the 2020 Kaohsiung Award, and received the 2016 Taoyuan Contemporary Art Award. She had participated residency in Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Korea in 2017.
Curator : Yu-Hsuan Lin
born in 1994, in Taipei, lives and works in Taipei. He works as an independent curator. With multifaceted practices from different roles he holds, Lin questions how artists, within a system, could displace or deconstruct the social structure both independently and collectively, and further inquiries into the contemporary issue-”How to Become us.” He has long dedicated himself to investigating social movement and the art eco-system, researching the cultivation of young artists and the generation gap in depth through his multifarious artistic production and curating. In 2019, Lin initiated the discussion The Demand from Young Artists in VT Artsalon (Taipei) and Sin-Pink Pier (Kaohsiung) and published a series of articles in ARTOUCH. His curatorial practices included Detour (Taipei Artist Village, Taipei, 2021), Guerrillas (VT ARTSALON, Taipei, 2018), The Taipei Dream (Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 2018), Notice of Remova (Sian-Guang 2nd Village, Taoyuan, 2018), Pigs don’t Fly (Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, 2018), Aerobraking (The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, 2017), Inexpressible Signs of Subjects and Mediums Archeology (Yo-Chang Art Museum, Taipei, 2017). He was the curatorial assistant of Assembly of Communities: MIX (Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei, 2020) and Mille-feuille de camélia (ARKO Art Center, Seoul, 2016).