© CHEN CHIEH-JEN. From the series Realm of Reverberations. Courtesy of Long March Space (Beijing)
Chen Chieh-Jen - Realm of Reverberations
Courtesy of Long March Space (Beijing)
In 2014, after more than 70 percent of the Losheng Sanatorium had been demolished, the remaining buildings and MRT depot construction site looked like two enormous wounds, or perhaps a wound and a wishful symbol of progress. Realm of Reverberations explores whether past events that seem settled actually ever end from four different perspectives: old residents in Tree Planters; a young woman who had accompanied residents in Keeping Company; a hospice nurse who had lived through China’s Cultural Revolution before coming to Taiwan in The Suspended Room; and a fictional political prisoner who travels through Taiwanese history from the Japanese colonial period to the present in Tracing Forward. The possibility of events opening up intersections or singularities, or generating multiple dialectics and other divergent imaginaries is also explored. Realm of Reverberations contains hardly any words that tell the history of the Losheng Sanatorium and Losheng Preservation Movement. Most time is reserved for the post-event, difficult to define people, scenery fragments, Sanatorium remains, and various extremely obscure objects and sounds.