A collaboration with Wong Wai Yin

Everything Goes Wrong for the Poor Couple

Performance, video installation
2010

Total duration about 34 hours, in 5 days at the ART HK 10

“This is a sorrow that everybody knows, everything goes wrong for the poor couple.”
YUEN Zhen, Qian Bei Huai

During ART HK 10, we locked ourselves in a room and re-act the familiar tragedy scenes from few Hong Kong old movies from the 50’s and 60’s, which are about family ethics and morals. We acted out one scene everyday during the exhibition. The few seconds of sorrow in the film were stretched out into hours. Through the black and white live projection, the audience could see us acting in stillness. It looked like a scene captured from the old movies but playing in slow motion. Actually we were in the next room doing live performance, the audience was not able to see us face-to-face.

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May 26, 2010, 4 – 9 pm

Day 1: The husband is a painter but his talents are unrecognized and could not sustain a living. His wife sees that he is sad and makes every effort to console him but fails nevertheless.

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May 27, 2010, 12 – 9 pm

Day 2: Life is difficult. One of them is seriously sick, but could not afford a doctor and could only wait to die. The couple is reluctant to let go, but they could only reunite in their next lives.

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May 28, 2010, 12 – 8 pm

Day 3: The wife is guilty that she cheats. The husband tries to forgive her, but his first lover wants to go back with him. He does not know what to choose. The couple is not willing to let go but it is miserable to stay together.

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May 29, 2010, 12 – 7 pm

Day 4: The wife is finally pregnant after years. Unfortunately, she has a miscarriage and could not bear any child anymore. The couple is in pain.

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May 30, 2010, 12 – 5 pm

Day 5: The couple is in love and overcome all the difficulties finally. However, they come to realize that they are actually long lost siblings.

Trailer:

+ exhibition history

2013. “BiennaleOnline 2013”
2011. “New Media Section”, Art Taipei 2011, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
2011. “Except why not just come right out and say it:”, Collectors House, Heerlen, The Netherlands
2010. “Everything Goes Wrong for the Poor Couple”, ART HK 10, Hong Kong
 
 

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黃慧妍合作

貧賤夫妻百事哀

表演,錄像裝置
2010

全長約34小時,分五天於香港國際藝術展10演出

「誠知此恨人人有,貧賤夫妻百事哀。」
元稹《遣悲懷》

在香港國際藝術展2010展覽其間,我們關在預設的房間裡,演繹從香港五、六十年代描寫社會家庭倫理題材的經典粵語片中的悲傷場面。每天展覽開放的時間裡,只會演出一個鏡頭,本來電影裡幾秒鐘交代的悲痛,會被延長至數小時。透過現場的即時黑白投影,觀眾看到的是我們幾乎靜止不動,像是慢鏡重播的電影片段。然而,我們其實就在隔壁的房間裡作現場演出,但是觀眾不會直接看到我們。

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2010年5月26日,下午4-9時

第一天: 丈夫為畫家,但是懷才不遇,無法維持生活,妻子看到他心裡非常難過,極力安慰,但是無能為力。

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2010年5月27日,下午12-9時

第二天: 生活迫人,其中一人身患重病,無法求醫,兩人只能靜待死神來到,望來生再見。

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2010年5月28日,下午12-8時

第三天: 妻子不忠,內疚不已,丈夫嘗試原諒,但是初戀情人回心轉意,丈夫不知如何抉擇,二人不願分開,一起又非常痛苦,苦無去路。

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2010年5月29日,下午12-7時

第四天: 兩人經過很多年才能有孩子,但是妻子不幸小產,以後也不能懷孕,兩人傷痛不已。

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2010年5月30日,下午12-5時

第五天: 兩人真心相愛,排除萬難,以為守得雲開見月明,但是發現兩人原來是失散多年的親生兄妹。

展出紀錄:

2013.「BiennaleOnline 2013」
2011.「新媒體藝術展區」,台北國際藝術博覽會2011,台北世界貿易中心,台北,台灣
2011.「Except why not just come right out and say it:」,Collectors House,Heerlen,荷蘭
2010.「貧賤夫妻百事哀」,香港國際藝術展10,香港

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