文/ 汪正翔 TEXT / Sean Wong
I remember one time we taked about ‘Portfolio Review’during a dinner with lots of artists. Some people think this kind of event totoally like plenty of professionals exchanging their opinions about artworks. I don’t think it something bad. However, if now we’re talking about “trying make our artworks to be honored”, especially wish to be honored by professionals abroad, make me feel something weird inside, even thought it intends to do good things.
Take photography for example, in the past few decades in this field, the honor of most kinds of awards or competitions, were decided by some few people who own knowledge, secrecy, and elite education. Those people would be responsible for picking something good enough and then present those work for the world, before the rise of art school. If we say the whole field like a wildland, those people are just like the searchlight, searching something good enough which make the classic works we see now.
Facing the globalization and international flow of information, how can artists make their artworks to be saw by the professionals?
In the other side of this issue, is there any possibility for us to think that we lack of making ourselves become the one who own the ‘light’? As we know, there is a lot of activity not onlt in Taiwan but also in Japan, Shanghai, Hong Kong. Most of them do invite some curator, art critic, or even art historian.
Because of the globalization and international flow of information as well as the the diversity of education and creation, now we can see more and more researcher or artists in the Institute of Contemporary Art launching some activity about art by themselves. However, the question we would like to ask about is that, most of the time, we couldn’t find the clear main reason why the host invite them.
For example, I remember one time I went to an art event with my artists friends, and we accidentally find out even the invitee also feel confuse about why he got invitation to this kind of lecture to be the speaker. Thanks to the globalization and international flow of information, it’s easy for people to find some information by internet. In the way, it won’t be so hard for us to find out where any people from or even judge is he or she belong to the main system or not.
As an artists, what kind of honor we would like to involve?
We all know that any institute of Contemporary Art from every country including Taiwan do have the power to luach different kind of way to present the idea they figure out. Yet, in other foreign countries, they got more system to form and even organize some comment, for example, independent reviewer, independent curator. Most of all, thse comment won’t be one-way opinon only, it might be multi-direction or even no-limit instead of just “It’s good.”only.
Now in Taiwan, this is not the first time for us to learn that there are so many dissatisfied artists. To some artists, the choice for them to walk in the illumination or not, just like facing the Eye of Soren. As a artists, we should nerver forget to think about how to be the people who DEFINE what is ‘light’ instead of how to be AT the range of the illumination.