Ya-chu Kang
Unknown Gift- detail
2010
During her residency period, she will research the Taiwanese funerary paper sculpture culture, and the relationship between the burning ceremony and the values of society. Her work will draw the lines between inspiration, heaven or hell. The “unknown gifts” project will ask for participators to share their memories or feelings about death, and imagine a gift for themselves if they die. It is about a wish, a place and an illusion of the unknown world. It shows another viewpoint of living and dying. This project is in collaboration with artist Christian Nicolay who will be responding to the sculptural work through sound.

The “unknown gifts” project asked for participators to share their memories or feelings about death, and imagine a gift for themselves if they die. These gifts were made into paper sculptures and presented as an installation using video projections. This project is in collaboration with artist Christian Nicolay who was responding to the sculptural work through sound to connect the real and imaginary worlds. The separation between life and death, known and unknown is valued and dealt with in many ways through the humans imagination and curious practices of ritual and superstition. Through this exploration the artists ask the participators and viewers to re-examine their idea of afterlife, and the traditions and practices associated with it.
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