TÁIFĒNG AND THE MOTORWAY SAINT
by MARK LYKEN
VERSIONS: FEATURE FILM, INSTALLATION
INSTALLATION VERSION CONTAINS THE FILMS:
Táifēng and the Motorway Saint - HD | COLOUR | 62min | 16:9 | STEREO | MANDARIN | ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TAIWAN, SCOTLAND | 2017
Hell Valley - HD | COLOUR | 08min 30s | 16:9 | STEREO | NO DIALOGUE | TAIWAN, SCOTLAND | 2017
Randomness and order collide in a new 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 2017
SUPPORTED BY CRYPTIC, COVE PARK, BRITISH COUNCIL TAIWAN, TAIPEI ARTIST VILLAGE, TING SHUO HEAR SAY, AFTERNOON PICTURES & CAMPLE LINE
INSTALLATIONS, EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS
2017 Sonica Festival, The Whiskey Bond, Glasgow, Scotland (Installation)
2018 Cample Line, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland (Screening & Exhibition)