The Adventures in Mount Yu V (From Michel Foucault to Our Glorious Future)

by Tu Pei-Shih (杜珮詩)

玉山迷蹤 之五(從米歇爾.傅柯到我們的美好未來)透過拼貼各種史料、網路資訊、經典名著中的知識圖像與歷史文本影像,組成了一個具個人風格的虛構敘事主體—台灣的殖民史。這些大量且多元的歷史知識影像碎屑,不論出自經典或低解析的網路訊息,皆各自乘載其原有的文本指涉,以及對台灣史作為一大主體的描繪。結合這些影像碎屑以形成歷史敘事,我試圖傳達一項訊息:歷史是知識切片總和後的虛構。另方面,作品也隱喻知識與權力的關係:從影片開頭坐在草皮上思考的米歇爾.傅柯,到出現一群台灣早期頒布的國立編譯館教科書插畫中純真且青春洋溢的男孩女孩在森林中冒險為止,敘事皆朝著過去認知中的理型歷史脈絡發展;然而最後,天真的少男少女突如其來遇見一部軍旅車(藝術家黃榮燦的版畫《恐怖的檢查》中的軍旅車),並在槍戰中犧牲,過往被排除在主流知識價值之外的事件(228事件)便成了影片中的高潮。

English text below.

In “The Adventures in Mount Yu V (From Michel Foucault to Our Glorious Future)”, I pieced together classical images and footages gathered from historical and online resources to create a personal, fictional narrative of Taiwan’s colonial history. Through this collage-like historical narrative, I attempted to convey a message: history was an illusion created through an amalgamation of knowledge fragments. Additionally, the artwork was a metaphor for the relationship between knowledge and power. The video began with Foucault sitting and pondering on deep thoughts on a meadow. Then, innocent looking boys and girls, who were commonly featured in textbooks issued by the National Institute for Compilation and Translations in Taiwan, appeared and ventured together through a forest. Until this point in the video, the narrative still unfolded according to the context of historical development through previously held ideas and perceptions.  However, the boys and girls then encountered a military transport vehicle in the end (the military vehicle from Huang Jung-Tsan’s print work, “The Terrible Inspection”), and were killed in the crossfire of a gun battle. The removal of this past incident (referring to the 228 Incident in Taiwan) from mainstream publications and knowledge (by the National Institute for Compilation and Translations) formed the climax of this video.

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