An exhibition of experimental ethnography:
Sensefield
Taipei, 6-15 October 2017

About 關於


Things are stirring at the once little-trafficked intersection of art and anthropology. On the one hand, the ethnographic turn in contemporary art, exemplified by world-class Biennale exhibitions handed to indigenous curators, has brought anthropological knowledge into the whitewashed spaces of the art world. On the other hand, experimental urges in ethnographic knowledge-production are pulling academic output away from established formats such as scholarly writing and ethnographic documentary, towards practices variably defined as relational aesthetics, sensory ethnography and transmedia arts. This is not an entirely new convergence – art has consistently been a central concern of anthropology, and anthropological knowledge has consistently been in the backdrop of art production – but the most recent rapprochement of these two domains of practice has been articulated with an explicit emphasis on collaborative production and experimental sensibilities across both established and innovative media formats.

Sensefield, in Chinese 感野 gǎnyě, literally ‘field of senses’, is a pioneering exhibition designed to bring experimental ethnographic art to Taiwan. In spite of the country’s long tradition of anthropological practice and its bustling contemporary art scenes, the recent articulations of these two domains haven’t yet been coherently showcased, with the result that the generative possibilities of ethnographic experimentation remain largely opaque to both artists and anthropologists. Organized in collaboration with the 2017 edition of the Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival (TIEFF) and supported by both the National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF) and the Taiwan Association of Visual Ethnography (TAVE), Sensefield 感野 brings together five artworks by internationally recognized artists and anthropologists from the USA, UK, France, Australia, Italy and Taiwan, all of whom are experimenting with new configurations of ethnographic knowledge and sensory mediation. By combining the classic ethnographic idea of uncultivated field (野) with the experiential idea of sense (感), Sensefield 感野 offers a field of sensory stimulation through which audiences can engage, interact and resonate with five audiovisual installations showcasing the current, exciting exchanges happening at the intersection of anthropology and art.

在藝術領域和人類學之間小小的交集地帶,許多事物交融、混雜著。一方面,當代藝術的民族誌轉向,舉原住民策展人舉辦的世界級雙年展作為例子,將人類學知識混入藝術圈的白灰牆空間;另一方面,具人類學色彩的實驗性創作促使民族誌書寫、紀錄片拍攝等學術圈典型的生產形式在更多元的實踐場域開支散葉,如關係美學、感官民族誌及跨媒體藝術等。這並不是一次史無前例的碰撞交融,人類學原本就將藝術當作一個重要的研究課題,而人類學領域相關知識也在藝術創作中扮演的不容忽視的角色,但這兩個領域近年逐漸被強調的走向則為各自領域發展的新方法、新媒體形式的跨界合作創作,以及實驗性的感官體驗形式。

感野,意為感官的場域,為一新的展覽形式,為台灣帶來實驗性的民族誌創作形式。在台灣,儘管人類學有其長久的學術淵源,而當代藝術的發展也蔚為成熟,但以兩個領域聯合的名義策畫的行動尚在起步階段。身處邊界進行探索的藝術家和人類學者,在以民族誌創作為基礎的實驗行動上,還有相當大的開拓空間。透過本次跟台灣民族誌學會共同策畫的展覽《感野》,將幾位來自美國、澳洲、法國、義大利和台灣本地並具國際知名度的藝術家和人類學者的作品,齊聚於台北市中心展出。這些參展者皆致力於開拓民族誌知識生產的新方法以及創新的媒體形式。展覽主題《感野》二字,分別乘載著實驗性的感官實踐以及作為人類學基礎方法的田野工作,也同時也引導觀展者有意識地將展覽空間視為一可透過更進一步的參與,感官的場域。

Director 主任: P. Kerim Friedman 傅可恩

Curator 策展人: Gabriele de Seta 胡子哥

Artists 藝術家


Ernst Karel

Ernst Karel

Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab

Véréna Paravel

Véréna Paravel

Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab

Lucien Castaing-Taylor

Lucien Castaing-Taylor

Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab

Miyarrka Media

Miyarrka Media

Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts Aboriginal Corporation

DJ Hatfield

DJ Hatfield

Berklee College of Music

Yannick Dauby

Yannick Dauby

Atelier Hui-Kan 回看工作室

Wan-Shuen Tsai

Wan-Shuen Tsai

Atelier Hui-Kan 回看工作室

Gabriele de Seta

Gabriele de Seta

Sensefield 感野

Artworks 作品


Ah humanity!

by Ernst Karel, Véréna Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor

Meme, Yolngu style

by Miyarrka Media

O Matpong Ko Fulad Tiraw

by DJ Hatfield (with Rahic Talif)

Listen to the Atayal in Taoshan

by Yannick Dauby, Wan-Shuen Tsai & Taoshan Elementary School

The Body of the Mountain

by Yannick Dauby & Wan-Shuen Tsai

Nangang, Nangang

by Gabriele de Seta

Visit Us 來看

Location: Rooms 153-155, Bopiliao Historical Block (Guangzhou Street), Wanhua District, Taipei
場地: 台北市 萬華區 剝皮寮歷史街區 廣州街 153號 & 155號

Visiting hours: October 6-15, 10:00-18:00 (Mondays off)
開放時間: 10月6日 – 10月15日, 10:00 – 18:00 (周一休息)

FREE ADMISSION 門票免費