"An epic painting titled Hai Cuo was recently brought to public attention, describing in great detail an unprecedented battle between humans from... Read More
"An epic painting titled Hai Cuo was recently brought to public attention, describing in great detail an unprecedented battle between humans from the land and underwater creatures...”
This artwork, in form of a micro-exhibition, takes advantage of art conservation and escape game design strategy. In this fictitious alternate history, the missing piece of the painting serves as an invitation to the audience. By exploring, excavating and piecing together the various clues and fragments of information in the space, audience will find a solution that is persuasive to themselves, figure out the anti-fouling paint applying on the ship hull as the key, but also realize that the two routes they chose to start the chase will lead to diverse, conflicting positions. And dialogue becomes the only mean toward the insight into the whole picture.
This work attempts to reflect upon the hidden marine pollution that has been widespread in the shipbuilding industry from the mid-20th century to the present, and points out presumably a zero-sum relationship within the “defilement–anti-defilement” logic of the marine industry.
* This artwork was commissioned by Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan.
Prof. Yiing-Jang Yang, Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University
Prof. Tina Hui-Ting Lin, Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University