TÁIFĒNG AND THE MOTORWAY SAINT
HD | COLOUR | 62min | 16:9 | STEREO | MANDARIN | ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TAIWAN, SCOTLAND | 2018
VERSIONS: FEATURE FILM, INSTALLATION
Often installed and screened simultaneously with ‘Hell Valley ‘ (2017)
Táifēng and the Motorway Saint reveals chance-led interactions with people and places across three Taiwanese cities - Taipei, Kaohsiung and Tainan.
Amidst the perpetual flow of city life, stationary long-take shots allow everyday micro-narratives to play out, offering time to discover and contemplate the layers of detail within each scene. Local voices, recorded whilst directly viewing Lyken’s footage, provide a spontaneous, voice-over commentary.
The work seeks out and dwells upon often unregarded details of place, layering observational footage, local voices, musical improvisation, and field recordings to build a visually rich meditation on texture – both random and ordered – of contemporary Taiwanese life.
A CRYPTIC COMMISSION FOR SONICA
SUPPORTED BY CRYPTIC, COVE PARK, BRITISH COUNCIL TAIWAN, TAIPEI ARTIST VILLAGE, ROBERTSON TRUST, TING SHUO HEAR SAY, AFTERNOON PICTURES, SOFT ERROR & CAMPLE LINE
INSTALLATION AND PROJECT STILLS
Installation photography by Louise Mather