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《信》余政達個展
The Letters - Solo Exhibition by Yu Cheng-Ta

Nov,8,2013-Dec,14,2013

The Letters is a critical acclaimed piece which Yu Cheng-Ta selects six spam emails and invites participants to reenact the content of its description, in order to help audience visualize the global enterprises which these letters represent, as well as associate faces, ways of speaking and political realities with those represented by the letters.

All of the emails for this work were selected from artist’s spam email folder. He then invited participants that matched the physical description of those letters’ senders to read the letters aloud sitting at a desk in front of a green backdrop with an image of the Earth. Reading aloud transforms the letters into oral accounts, and simulates a mutually imagined scam with the reading participants playing the roles of the imaginary letter writers, such as a dying Kuwaiti widow, one of Libyan prime minister's sons who is in need of help, an Asian woman affecting a British accent, an Irish salesman under an assumed name, and an African international banker inviting the reader to join an international financial crime. From these letters, viewers are inspired to imagine the other parts of the world and think further about the connections among people’s appearances, linguistics accents and political reality.

余政達2013年新作《信》在探討網路的虛擬世界裡,經由隨機收取的陌生來信進行一場真偽不明的現實理解。

在《信》作品中,藝術家從自己的垃圾郵件信箱揀選了六封信件,邀請符合信中描述角色的人種在同一綠幕背景、地球及桌子前進行朗讀。每一場英文朗誦轉化書寫變成口述,像是在模擬一個相互想像的詐騙現場。透過錄像中瀕死的科威特寡婦、需救援的利比亞總理兒子、操著英國腔的亞裔女子、冒名的愛爾蘭銷售員以及邀請一同犯罪的國際非洲銀行行員;我們想像出這些信件裡所帶有的世界主義企圖,也思考著信外關於他人面貌、口音與政治現實的想像連結。