Past, present, future, and, all in between.
I construct the city like kind of mental panoramic landscape.
The sea acts as a mirror to reflect the conditions of human beings.
What is the influence of the landscapes we encounter in the construction of our personality and our regard ? Our Identities are in constant change through Time and Space, formed by the personal experience of each of us. Are our drifts similar to those of the continents : imperceptible but powerful movements causing flaws and encounters, fusions but also disappearances of lands ?
Through images and sounds, I hope to bring spectator's attention to various different subjects, such as nostalgia, nomadism, displacement, psygeography, pursuit after one’s utopia, heterotopia.
I try to guide the spectator on journey of experience through varied sounds and sights, arousing a deeply layered sense of alienation and giving the spectator’s conscience the chance to interact with the exterior world, producing a continually expanding shock and reverberation.
The series of audio are a composition between daily life soundscapes and personal memories of songs and poems. The soundtrack prolong the vision and enlarge the field of the video. It extended the atmosphere of the video and further bring the spectator into an unsettling environment, of an “Uncanny” experience.
Project Type:Animation, Experimental, Feature, Web / New Media, Other
Runtime:9 minutes 39 seconds
Shu-Jung CHAO is an interdisciplinary artist.
Her works focus on the ideas behind fundamental human experiences such as memory, travelling/time travel, culture/language and aspects of consciousness, as well as “globalization” issues in the public sphere.
Shu-Jung grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. After long residence in France, she evolved a lifetime ambition to the video, new media, transdisciplinary media and contemporary art.
In 2009, Shu-Jung graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Bourges with a Master’s degree in Fine Arts. In 2011-12, she participated in the Post-graduate programme at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratif de Paris.
Her works can be found in various prestigious video art festivals around the world and she is the only Taiwanese artist whose work had been thrice selected to be aired on ARTE Video Night (2014, 2013, 2011). Following the ARTE airing, CHAO went on to exhibit her works at the Cinémathèque de Toulouse in France, the La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, and the Palais de Tokyo, also in Paris. Her 2017 solo exhibit was reported by Japanese broadcasters, NHK and RSK. In 2011, CHAO was received the Taiwan’s Emerging Artists award from the Ministry of Culture (Made in Taiwan). Many of her works have been selected by the NTMOFA Collection – Young Artists and the MOC ArtBank for preservation. In recent years, her works have revolved around wandering and traveling where she explores the personal subject of reminiscing and the very public topic of globalization.
A person with simultaneity and multi-culture, a foreigner, a stateless person, or a traveler… How does she sharpen her points of view on the world and question her situation in this world, at a given moment.
I grew up in Taiwan, the country which I left several years ago. When I first arrived in France, I had a huge culture shock, which originated from the unfamiliar language, habit, and history. I experienced relationship and self break-through during these years. Several years after having left my hometown in Taiwan, I felt like a foreigner when I returned to my native land. I characterize it as my “Double strangenesses”. (Double Uncanny)
The barrier between me and my country of origin and these “Double strangenesses”, strengthened and contributed to my artistic course deeply.
For several years, I have developed a personal and significant work on the theme of the exile, the voyage, and the “voyages in my memory”. Many voyages of mine helped me develop my sensitive faculties. All of these made me closer to the answer of my identity - floating, between several worlds (Places / Non-places), the nomadism of my situation, the deep uprooting which conditions me.
The image/sculpture and sound helped me to save my footprint in time, to fix every possible moment, memories and situations. My work is often full of dialogues, murmurings, confessions or a series of sounds. The words are like a channel to preserve time. The series of sounds are the mixture between the sounds in the daily life and the personal interior. The sound prolongs the vision and enlarges the field of the video. The sounds in the video and the atmosphere of the video extended the depth of it, and further bring the audience into an unsettling environment, of an “Uncanny” experience.
 . The Uncanny (Ger. Das Unheimliche – literally, “un-home-ly”, but ideomatically, “scary”, “creepy”) is a Freudian concept of an instance where something can be familiar, yet foreign at the same time, resulting in a feeling of it being uncomfortably strange.