Eighteen Copper Guardians in Shaolin Temple and Penetration, 2001

Hong Kong 2016
Chi-Wen Gallery
Action VideoThree-channel Video, 6min 43sec
6.0 x 43.0 (cm)
2.4 x 16.9 (inch)
Selected for Film Sector

Eighteen CopperGuardians in Shaolin Temple and Penetration: The Perceptive, 3 min 7sec, 2001
The term 'shortcut' is defined here as a kind of superpower. The artist participates in a perception test to identify surrounding objects by using this 'superpower'. Or rather, it’s a test of security and absurdity. Under the condition of not knowing the content of the test, he tried to perceive every object, and earned a very bad score in the end.

Eighteen Copper Guardians in Shaolin Temple and Penetration: The Penetrative, 2 min 11sec, 2001
The series proposed the idea of 'penetration' as some shortcut willingly projected in our living environment. An access to a fluke, which leads us to 'get through' every difficulty we met in daily life. Unfortunately, the result turned out to be those ridiculous ‘bumps’ occurred in the video – if it would’ve been a tolerance test to the so-called shortcut.

Eighteen Copper Guardians in Shaolin Temple and Penetration: The Spontaneous, 1 min 25sec, 2001
In this work, the idea of penetration is interpreted in a relatively different version. Vomiting is the substitute of penetration, and “shortcut” indicate the himself.

Tsui Kuang-Yu (b.1974) currently lives and works in Taipei. He has been trying to respond to the adaptation relation between human and the society from a biological point of view. He also attempts to redefine or question the matrix of the institution we inhabit through different actions and experiments that ignore the accustomed norm. In doing so, the artist has developed new means to adapt to the environment and redefine reality. His action can be regarded as a medium, or a parameter, to gauge social tolerance. Also an attempt to show relationships in the present institution and the relation between man and his environment, His repetitive body experiments accent the absurdity of the social values and reality that people have grown accustomed to.

He has participated in major international shows such as "The Spectre of Freedom", 51 International Art Exhibition-La Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo delle Prigioni, Venice, Italy (2005), Liverpool Biennial 2006 : International 06, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (2006), "The Rencontres Internationales Paris / Berlin", Centre Georges Pompidou, National Museum Jeu de Paume, French Cinematheque, Paris, France (2006), "Thermocline of Art - New Asian Waves", ZKM Center for Art and Media, Germany (2007), "Streetwise", Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain (2008), "Biennial Cuvée", OK Centrum, Linz, Austria (2008), "Time Crevasse", Yokohama Triennial 2008, Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) Kitakyushu, Yokohama, Japan (2008), "The View from Elsewhere", Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Gallery of Modern Art, and the Cinematheque, Brisbane, Australia (2009), "Extra / Ordinary : Video Art from Asia", Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas, US (2009), "ILLUSIONISMO", CaixaForum Madrid, Lleida, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Spain (2010).