Saturday, October 22, 2016

Curator Talk by Alice Ko 柯念璞 The Geography of Abandoned People ーSpatiality, Resistance and Art Activism in East Asia

The Geography of Abandoned People ーSpatiality, Resistance and Art Activism in East Asia

The talk will take Funamoto Shuji as a reflection of contemporary human condition in emerging process of urban change in East Asia.Funamoto Shuji was born in Manchuria in 1945. Since 1968, he has been active in the day-workers’ labor movement in Osaka and Tokyo’s Yoseba (the day-labor market. Day-workers were the workers who were used and disposed of on a day-to-day basis, suffering from very unstable working and living conditions. Most radically problematizing the characteristics of the day-workers who appeared in the process of Japan’s modernization, Funamoto defined them as “fluid underclass workers.” He also stressed the fact that they had been mobilized by state policy and then ruled and disposed of by the violent labor control. In June 1975, Funamoto self-immolated in front of the gate of the US Kadena Military Base, protesting against the Okinawa visit of the crown emperor, Akihito.

The speaker will take Funamoto’s path as a unique point and a historical perspective to look into the impact of state and social relations on urban development in contemporary society. And from different East Asian geographical locations,such as the border, shelter, and labour market areas, as its starting points to reflect on the connections between national and politics of life. Through a great amount of fieldwork, artists have investigated, narrated, and made a collective effort to create different sample slides, which have created a diverse portrayal of East Asia in spatial contexts.And how artists through an understanding of geographic space, wandering, and settling, at the borders of their home country and community, to themselves, the land, and others, and those that have been defined as dangerous and contagious objects; those excluded from the city set out on a journey for the renewed pursuit and the process of establishing a dual perspective.

本講座引自船本州治(Funamoto Shuji)「棄民」一詞之意,作為開啓反思當代都市中生命近況的參照,其意指為在國家與資本權力操縱下被迫移動的生命處境。1945年出生於滿洲的船本州治,1968年開始參與東京山谷及大阪的都市勞工運動。同樣身於日雇型勞動環境之中,船本捕捉了日本現代化後,特定社會空間下所生產的流動底層勞動力。最終,船本於1975年於沖繩的美軍嘉手納基地前,於皇太子親訪沖繩時抗議並自焚而死。講者以船本州治作為一個重拾其歷史意義放置於當今社會的支點,回看亞洲在當今疆域的侵略、經濟圈的融合、土地的佔有與仕紳化.本次講座將以講者自身研究及策展經驗為核心,並於案例報告中討論如何以從東亞的邊界、勞工聚落、郊區等地理空間,理解並探尋東亞歷史之間的聯結與生命政治,藝術實踐談如何以田野調查、敘事、集體合作、共同體再造等多樣的生產方式重新詮釋並展現東亞社群的異樣切片。並透過個體的遊走或駐守,在國家的邊界與社群,對異己、土地與他方,以及那些定義為危險污穢之物、從城市裏排除的他者,建立起雙重視角的探索歷程。

Speaker : Alice Ko

Alice Ko as an independent curator and researcher focusing on building the connection and platform of the contemporary art in East Asia.Her curatorial practice centers around use of urban studies in East Asia, artistic action, social movement, and colonial history.In 2013, she was the curator of Reverse Niche – Dialogue and Rebuilding at the City’s Edge (Hong Kong, Osaka and Taiwan). In 2014, she participated in the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\ Architecture (Hong Kong) and organized the symposium We Are Everywhere—Community Art in the mist of Proletarianized Spatial Production—A Critical Approach (Hong Kong). In 2015, she was the curator of Beyond the Borderline- Exiles from the Native Land (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Korea and Beijing).



贊助單位 中華民國文化部 Ministry of Culture (Taiwan)