Live Performance March 11th, 2019. Atelier Q Art, 24th Nippon International Performance Art Festival (NIPAF 2019), Tokyo, Japan. Curated by Seiji Shimoda 霜田誠二
The date of this performance was on Monday, March 11. In Japan, Monday is written as 'Moon Day'. The moon was in a crescent shape on that night. At this very moment, I suddenly remembered the feeling of depression that I had encountered during times of mourning in my life. In Taiwanese culture, pointing at the moon is taboo; it's believed that your right ear would get cut off if such an action happened. In this performance, my index finger actively pointed against the paper on the wall, then walked back to the stamp pad placed on the floor. I put my ear on the stamp pad. I walked towards the paper again, then imprinted my right ear on the paper. The exact sequence of actions was repeated six times. The purpose of this performance was to reflect on the state of my past emotions and determination during intense periods of mourning. In addition, March 11 was also the commemoration day of the Fukushima Earthquake in Japan, and mourning was triggered at large scale.
Photography by Chiming Tseng 曾啓明