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A Performance in the Church

This is a documentary on the themes of contemporary art, sound art and archaeology; through the intersection of these three disciplines, it presents a journey across different times and places.

A team of archaeologists discovered the complete foundations and burials of the 17th-century Todos los Santos Church on Heping Island off northern Taiwan. Setting off from this archaeological site, the director created a cross-disciplinary musical performance. The images and sounds ultimately amalgamated with the archaeological material fragments into this film.

  • Chia-Wei HSU
  • Pai-zhang WANG
    Commission Editor
  • Yi-ju CHEN
    Commission Coordinator
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 18 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 7, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    46,000 USD
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    Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan
  • Language:
    Central Khmer, Chinese, English, Malay, Spanish
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    High Definition
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  • Public Television Service
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Chia-Wei HSU

1983 Born in Taichung, Taiwan, live and work in Taipei, Taiwan. Graduate of Le Fresnoy National Studio for Contemporary Arts in France, Chia-Wei Hsu’s work as an artist, filmmaker and curator merges the languages of film and contemporary art and unearths the complex mechanisms behind the production of images. Through his artistic practice, Hsu weaves connections between humans, materials and places that have been overlooked or omitted in conventional historical narratives. He has participated in the Asia Aacific Triennial and Aichi Triennales, as well as other biennials around the world, including Shanghai, Busan and Sydney. He has also held solo exhibitions at the Liang Gallery, the Museum of NTUE, Mori Art Museum (Japan) and the Honggah Museum. He also co-curated the 2019 2019 Asian Art Biennial with Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen."

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Director Statement

We filmed the archaeological site on Heping Island. The distant times and spaces connected through the material fragments found on site have never been experienced by any of us. In this film, we attempt to present this journey of imagination through the intersection of contemporary art, sound art and archaeology.