Expired Calendars for Sale
Artwork concept, performance and video: Anchi Lin [Ciwas Tahos]
Studio assistant and photographer: Julia Lin Kingham, 2019
- Recycled steel, wheels, leftover red-paint, collected expired calendars, loud speaker 215cm x 65cm x 64cm
Expired Calendars for Sale is a Taiwanese idiom referring to a story of two local businesswomen. The first woman’s home business is selling candles, she decided to keep all her candles to sell in the New Year market for a much better sale price. The second woman sells calendars and she copies the candle woman’s method, but she failed because all the calendars were expired by the time the New Year market happened. This story tells of the importance of timing, otherwise it is just like an expired calendar – worthless. In this work, I combined the idea of a high-mobility street vendor, as my inspiration to create my sculpture. Then, I brought my work to various locations at first pushing it and then using a local truck to transport it (and me) to the local Madou Night Market. Here I hung expired calendars collected from local residents and a speaker shouted “selling expired calendars” loudly in the night market using the recorded voices of local residents revealing different versions of how this idiom is pronounced in our local Taiwanese (Hō-ló or Hokkien Taiwanese) language.
Photos by Julia Lin Kingham