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trap

One of the good things of being a tourist is that you have lots of free time. Therefore, you get to reflect on your own life. In general, you are too busy to think. Most of the time, you just live like a zombie, dragging your body and looking for the next meal.

During my travel, I realize my life has a lot to do with traps.

There are many traps in life and most of us fall into one of them. The idea is not to escape from traps, but to recognize the same one that confines you.

When I got out from my university in Taiwan, I used to be a full-time graffiti artist. My graffiti career carried on for four years. In this period of my life, the goal of survival was simple: to sign your name as many as possible, meanwhile, without being caught by the police.

To practice illegality, requires a system of production, plans of vandalism. I had a detailed working schedule including specific time and locations that were the least likely to encounter with the law enforcement.  The schedule worked well. Five days a week, I went out around 2 am, patrolled around the neighbourhood, chose a location, started working, had a breakfast after work, back home and went to sleep around 8am.

It took me four years to recognize my trap: I was caught by the idea of not being caught. The plans and routines trapped me. Spray cans trapped me. The dumb graffiti circle and peers trapped me. I was trapped in the endless dark alleyways of Taipei.

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After I graduated from my MFA in Britain, I started my life as an emerging artist.

In this period of my life, I have spent a lot of time travelling. I have been to various cities in Europe and Asia chasing shows and festivals. The strange thing is, no matter which city it was, I always ended up with the same group of people, the same white cube space and the same topics of conversation such as: ‘how is the art scene in your country?’ ‘what is your chosen medium?’ or ‘I think of my installations as unfinished inventories of fragments…’

I am trapped in a matrix reality of the ‘art world’. I am trapped in its awesome infrastructure of museums, government institutions and galleries, its individual professionals such as dealers, critics, administrators, and its formations of organizations, foundations and artist groups. I am trapped by its hypocrisy. I am trapped by publicity. I am trapped by connection and networking.

The trap is called the career of emerging artists: life in a Kafkian novel.

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Life as a tourist is a trap, too.

As a traveller, you have the responsibility to enjoy. If you get bored, then the trip loses its meaning.

So I get angry easily in situations such as the weather turns bad, watching a cheesy performance or people start talking clichés. In these occasions, there is always a monologue going on in my head: I paid the money to come here. Consumer first! Entertain me!

In the second week of my travel, I am trapped by the urge of having fun, the need for entertainment.

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給所有來自過去與未來的人,

這個故事得由過去說起,在2006-2009年之間,以Bbrother為代號,我在台北市街頭進行了四年的塗鴉行動,這個網誌的主要功用,主要作為那時歲月的記錄,關於Bbrother,如有興趣可以看維基百科之解釋:
Bbrother(1982年-),本名張碩尹,是台灣的塗鴉藝術家。Bbrother的號稱,取自歐威爾小說《一九八四》中的「老大哥」(Big Brother)。自2005年開始塗鴉,Bbrother充滿政治意識的模板大量出現在台北街頭,內容從反全球化、反威權、反戰到聲援楊儒門、挺樂生等。並數度為媒體焦點與話題人物。其早期以模板為主,黑白的創作方式…(不過維基這種東西,真的是看看就好)

關於當時的大部分作品,請見此連結:

Bbrother 2005、Bbrother 2006-2008、Bbrother 2008-2012

與 相關報紙資料剪貼集

在那四年短暫卻又混亂的時期,同時間也陸陸續續與參與與主辦了數個活動:

1. 垃圾展:大學最後一年主要學科被刷掉之後的自辦畢業展,又稱「廣告系落選展」(2005).
2. 上山打游擊:在政大的塗鴉行動,與之後所謂的「塗鴉爭議」(2005).
3. 廢墟佔領:在台北市愛國西路上,曾由一群大學生共同佔領了舊台鐵宿舍,並在其中嘗試舉辦影展、展覽、與創立工作室(2006-2007),現為二十四小時自助停車場.
4. 以物易物市集:在以台北市公館為中心,曾舉辦四次以物易物市集,市集內禁用金錢,並且可由勞務交換物品.

最後,這個故事以未來結束,基於人生作為流水般不斷推進、變幻之關係,本網站與本人已不再使用Bbrother發表新作品.

如有興趣的話,查看新作可至www.tingtongchang.co.uk

張碩尹

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