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NI JUI HUNG 倪瑞宏
Project name: A Search on Peng Lai Mountain[A1]
This project investigates the founding story of "Peng Lai Mountain," Taiwan's first TV station to be established in Kaohsiung. The mainstream ideology in Taiwan is probably the reason why I'm curious about the way of media communication enthusiasts outside of Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, during the time when the Internet was less omnipresent. In 2014, I created a work in which I visualized the combination of Peng Lai Paradise and the TV station, trying to explore something that was buried deep in my childhood memories, something that I saw on TV at midnight but couldn't understand. As the TV station was shut down in 2004 and there is hardly any data about it on the Internet, some people only remember its sexy bomb program at midnight. I'm even more curious about how the founder regarded his "Peng Lai Mountain." To learn more about the TV station, I combed through the sparse online data and found how to contact his son. I had an interview with him and found that as the parties concerned were too numerous, it'd take a long time to build a clearer picture of the facts that were deemed improper to be written into official history. Those facts were a thing of the past and I'm not a historian or cultural worker. It's been ten years since the founder passed away, rendering it hard for me to write a biography for him. I'm curious if the TV station led to some aesthetic view that can be found in Taiwan's sexy bomb karaoke videos and the plots of Taiwanese (Hokkien) TV series.
I work mainly in the media of painting and low-tech interactive installation. In the past, my work delved into the "fairy" signifier, the ideal female image in the Mandarin-speaking world, and how this image shapes ideology. To me, creative practice is like setting a theme for a game, visualizing the look of the spaces, and creating the game, making it part of entertainment for the public.
Over the past decade, technology has radically changed people's lives. Yet, the fast-evolving technology still can't quench people's insatiable desires. Many artists have therefore looked back to the last century; they believe the past evokes more warmth in our hearts than the present. Wondering what evokes such warmth, I set out to investigate a secretive, Taiwan-based TV station in the 90s. It is known for a low-cost, erotic midnight program that has become part of the collective memory of my generation. The channel was closed in the early 2000s and programs of similar nature have experienced a decline due to the rise of the Internet. Today, about 20 years later, it's too late for me to learn about the TV station. We've consigned it into oblivion because of Google, and I'm not sure if it's meaningful to restore the lost history. I think, through this project, I'm in a sense trying to understand why I'm nostalgic for the history that I didn't make out back then.
NI JUI HUNG 倪瑞宏
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