Artistic collaboration: Scarlet YU
With: I-Hsiang WANG, Sophia WANG, Chiu-Yi CHIANG, Ogawa LYU, Lu LEE, River LIN, I-Fang LIN, Yu-Ju LIN, Sean HSU, Jia-Ling HSU, Fangas NAYAW, Fu-Rong CHEN, Sherwood CHEN, Hao CHENG, Pin-Wen SU
Exhibition dates: December 9, 2016–January 8, 2017
“Retrospective” is an exhibition conceived as a choreography of actions that are carried out by performers for the duration of the exhibition. These actions compose situations that inquire into various experiences about the present as a composition of several times coexisting in the same time and space.
The work employs retrospective as a mode of production rather than aiming to show the development of an artist’s work over a period of time. It seeks to recast the material from the solo choreographies in situations with live actions where the apparatuses of the theater performance and the museum exhibition intersect.
Based on solo works by Xavier Le Roy created between 1994 and 2014, the work unfolds in three time axes: the duration of the visit composed by each visitor, the daily basis of the labor time of the performers and the time of the growth of a new composition during the length of the exhibition.
“Retrospective” presents aspects of Xavier Le Roy’s works in the form of excerpts transformed into loops of movements, gestures, and postures performed as immobility and, intertwined with these actions, are biographical elements from the individual performers, who compose narrations to be shared with the visitors.
Although time based, “Retrospective” is conceived without a beginning or an end. It is activated if at least a visitor is present in the situation and it invites the public to come and go as they wish within the network of actions performed by the performers in the exhibition.
With the collaboration of Taipei Artist Village and Taipei Performing Arts Center With the support of Le Kwatt, “Compagnie Conventionnée” of DRAC Ile de France