歷屆展覽



葉偉立「古董級垃圾研發公司」計畫
攝影與文件選集
2010年至今

Wei-Li Yeh
The "Antiquity-like Rubbish Research & Development Syndicate" Project
Selected Photographs & Documents
2010 to Present


2014 / 03 / 29 (Sat) ~ 2014 / 04 / 27 (Sun)

❖ 開幕茶會/Opening/2014.03.29 (Sat) 15:00
❖ 藝術家對談/Artist talk/2014.04.26 (Sat) 15:00


每件物品皆有其名稱、位置、價值與利益或象徵意義。大部分的社會心力都是花在保持「物品」和它們的分類(尤其是考量安全或是文化價值之需)。但在這項法則之前、之下與之後,總有著許多不確定性與混亂雜生。由藝術家葉偉立於2010年發起的〈古董級垃圾研發公司 在二零六〉,正是獻給這樣的不確定性與事物的越界運動。

這項以過程為導向的計畫從2010年開始,由十四位藝術家共同參與一件具體的空間改造計畫,至今已在各種不同的臨時性合作實踐,其中涉及了生產、反思與媒體等多樣形式。這個計畫繪製出了藝術、古物或垃圾等不同類別之間的過程與運動。這些類別間的危險平衡發揮了地圖般的作用,標誌出社會秩序的「轉變」,諸如都市更新中的貶值或毀滅、商品資本主義的價值生產、或藝術「價值」那魔術般的產生過程。

這三種類別都各自勾勒出某種超越實用性的物件種類。「垃圾」意味著物件再也沒有價值。垃圾堆裡的物件確確實實地「崩解」了,變得「不純粹」、「毫無差異」,也就是沒有清楚的界線——這讓垃圾跟嫌惡之物幾乎成了同義詞。在這個混雜的界域中,葉偉立找到了這個計畫可用的素材:從空間改造計畫中搶救出的物件,以及從路邊的非法垃圾棄置地、附近工地、海邊或河床撿來的物件等。這些被丟棄的廢物可以被「昇華」嗎?並透過分析、評價與美學判斷讓它們升等至「古物」或是「藝術」的地位嗎?它也可以同時挑戰垃圾與藝術之間的階級關係,比如說,藝術和承擔分類評價功能的博物館、市場、或個人作者之間的關聯?或者是藝術與日常集體實踐、生活與在地性的斷裂?

文 / 安森‧法蘭克,Haus der Kulturen der Welt 視覺藝術部主任
原文出處 / 2012台北雙年展導覽手冊


葉偉立

1971年出生於台灣,1982年時,年僅十一的葉偉立移民美國,至2002年始返台定居。葉偉立於1990年代開始國際性的作品展出,並於1997年取得美國羅德島設計學院之攝影碩士學位。長期以來,透過對自身與所居住城市之持續關注,葉偉立以其多樣的攝影與文字創作,探索集體實踐中的個人動力及所喻含之個體與政治社會學的關係對應。葉偉立作品目前由香港漢雅軒畫廊代理,現定居與工作於台灣楊梅。



Every object assumes a name, a place, a value, and utilitarian or symbolic meaning. Much of a society‘s labor is spent keeping objects and their classifications pure and stable (above all, in the name of safety or cultural values). But before, underneath, and after this order, there is plenty of uncertainty and impurity. Antiquity-Like Rubbish Research & Development Syndicate, led by artist Yeh Wei-Li since 2010, is dedicated to this uncertainty and to the movement of things across boundaries.

This process-oriented work began in 2010 with a concrete spatial renovation project in which sixteen artists collaborated, and has since materialized in different temporary collaborations involving various forms of production, reflection, and media. The project maps the processes and movements among the categories of “art,” “antiquity,” and “trash.” The precarious balance between these categories functions like a map that registers “transformation” in the order of society, whether this be devaluation and destruction in urban renewal, or value-production in commodity capitalism, or the quasi-magical production of “value” in art.

Each of these three categories delineates a class of objects beyond utility. “Trash” designates objects that have become value-less. Objects here literally “fall apart” and become “impure” and “undifferentiated,” that is, without clear borders—hence the affinity of trash with monstrosity. It is in this realm of hybridity that the project finds its materials: objects salvaged during spatial renovation projects, objects from illegal roadside dumping grounds, neighborhood construction sites, beaches, and riverbeds. Can such discarded debris be “elevated” and achieve the status of either “antiquity” or “art” through analysis, evaluation, and aesthetic judgment? Can it simultaneously challenge the hierarchy between trash and art—its connection, for instance, to the classifying and evaluating institutions of the museum, the market, or individual authorship, and its disconnection from everyday collective practice, life, and locality?

Text: Anselm Franke, Head of Visual Arts and Film Department, Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Quote from Taipei Biennial 2012 quidebook


Wei-Li Yeh
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1971, Wei-Li Yeh emigrated to the United States at the age of eleven and returned to reside in Taiwan in 2002. He obtained an MFA Degree in the Department of Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, USA, in 1997 and has exhibited internationally since 1990's. Yeh's various photographic and textual based projects for the past decade explore the dynamics of the individual within collective practices that centralize on the personal and socio-political relationships between oneself and the city in which he resides. Yeh's work is represented by Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong, China. He currently lives and works in Yangmei, Taiwan.


展覽日期/2014.03.29 (六) - 2014.04.27 (日)
開幕茶會/2014.03.29 (六) 15:00
藝術家對談/2014.04.26 (六) 15:00
展覽地點/台南市成功路83號2樓、3樓
開放時間/週三 - 週日 13:00 - 20:00 (週一、二休館)

Duration/2014.03.29 (Sat) - 2014.04.27 (Sun)
Opening Reception/2014.03.29 (Sat) 15:00
Artist Talk/2014.04.26 (Sat) 15:00
Location/2F., No.83, Chenggong Rd., Tainan City 700
Gallery Hours/Wed-Sun 13:00-20:00 (Mon.~Tue. off)