Gallery 1: Yin-Ju Chen

Inspired by and borrowed from Galileo’s book A Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, this project is attempting to convey a notion of solar system consciousness. ‘In all (the processes taking place) under heaven, what is there of thinking? What is there of anxious scheming? They all come to the same issue, though by different paths; there is one result, though there might be a hundred anxious schemes.’ (繫辭下傳Xici Zhuan II, a.k.a The Great Treatise II) The project continues Yin-Ju’s research into dystopia, conspiracy and art history. It will discuss the order and the meaning of the consciousness of the solar system, through two different scientific methods: the ancient Ptolemy’s geocentrism, which asserts the Earth is at the centre of all the celestial bodies; and the modern Copernicus’ heliocentrism, which works on an astronomical model in which the Earth and planets revolve around the Sun. This research-based project will be focusing on the “dialogue” between the two approaches as well as combining other cosmological ideas and ancient teachings. The exhibition here at CFCCA will represent the re-edited A Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems in an audio-visual installation, accompanied by objects, texts and drawings. This work will also try to suggest some questions to the viewers: Does modernity diminish the connection between human and the universe? Would it be possible for modernism and spirituality to coexist A multidisciplinary artist, Chen Yin-ju’s practice spans the mediums of video, photography, drawing and installation with a primary interest in exploring the relationship between cosmic events and human behaviour. This exhibition has been supported by the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture.
WEB Yin-Ju Chen - Liquidation Maps (2014) 1WEB Yin-Ju Chen - Liquidation Maps (2014)WEB CHEN YIN-JU A portion of the Pleiades open star cluster in the constellation Taurus Source NOAOAURANSF