Lying quietly in a cine-camera, a film awaits to fulfill its responsibility of projecting 24 frames of images per second after exposure. Nonetheless, I prefer rolling out films outright and fiddling with them by pigments application, collage, scratch, cut-and-mix, etc. Since these are camera-less measures, the projection is unpredictable, surprising, and often so astonishing that I would be mesmerized.
My residency at the Soulangh Cultural Park, Tainan, is actually a hometown residency for I was born in this city. I had this end-of-residency exhibition named Fallen Leaves Return to Film as it uses the symbol of home-returning, i.e. fallen leaves, as the inspiration of creation. I collected fallen leaves in the cultural park and removed their flesh with soap water. Then having the processed leaves attached to 16mm clear films, I tinted their veins to bring out the most delicate lighting presentation.
A variety of equipment is made available for viewers to appreciate the works at different speed. The choices include a motion picture film projector, an overhead projector, a slide projector, a light box, and a digital projector. I even took advantage of the beams of the exhibition space to make a loop allowing the motion picture film projector to “screen film” in a non-stop manner. The viewers can not only enjoy the “films” in detail and as the way they are; meanwhile, they may enjoy the light-and-shadow rhythm created by fallen leaves. -- TsenChu Hsu