TÁIFĒNG AND THE MOTORWAY SAINT

 

VERSIONS: FEATURE FILM, INSTALLATION

 

INSTALLATION VERSION CONTAINS THE FILMS:

Táifēng and the Motorway Saint - HD | COLOUR | 60min | 16:9 | STEREO | MANDARIN | ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TAIWAN, SCOTLAND | 2018

Hell Valley - HD | COLOUR | 08min 30s | 16:9 | STEREO | NO DIALOGUE | TAIWAN, SCOTLAND | 2017

 

ABOUT

Randomness and order collide in Táifēng and the Motorway Saint, a work by Mark Lyken documenting the overlooked areas and unheard voices of three Taiwanese cities; Taipei, Kaohsiung and Tainan.

Long contemplative shots of locations at rest are intercut with footage of the bustle of everyday urban life. Field recordings, and the responses of previous local viewers of Lyken’s film, mingle with an improvised performance from Tainan’s 12 Dog Cycle as the film moves towards a climax in which Taiwan is struck by natural disaster. 

On the second screen, a more benign, equally mysterious natural process is shown in close detail: the bubbling and steaming of a jade-green geothermal spring known locally as "Hell Valley".

 

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