A Broken Drum Saves the Moon
Artwork concept, performance and video: Anchi Lin [Ciwas Tahos]
Studio assistant and photographer: Julia Lin Kingham April - July 2019
- sound, black ink, FSC recycled paper, leftover drum skin
Ancient people believed the lunar eclipse was caused by a sky dog monster eating the moon, so they would make noise to scare off the monster in order to save the moon. Drum pieces are kept and used to make the noise, this story metaphorically indicates that even waste can be repurposed and used again for a greater purpose. This idiom makes me wonder how a broken drum can save the moon? It also allows me to imagine the kind of auditory experience that a broken drum can sound like? Therefore, I collected damaged and discarded drum pieces from Taiwan's drum master at Shi Gu Drum Park in Tainan to reflect the visual noise. In this work, I also used a local drum, and during the evening outside under the moon, I drummed and composed an audio piece with my imagination of how a broken drum sounds like scaring off the sky dog monster. The sound permeates in the exhibition room through the visual representations of the discarded pieces scattered. The music scores on the exhibition wall are the experimental scores converted from an undeciphered Siraya nation’s stone steles found in Madou Sanyuan temple. I translated my version of this idiom in both auditory and visual representation.
Photos by Da Pu and Julia Lin Kingham