Going Back I.b
inter-media installation (sound, video)
sound, 4 channels, 40’00”
video projections and video display, 3 channels, 40’00”
720cm x 985cm x 400cm
Taiwan, Zurich 2018 spring
Storyteller, Nac Hijiyu
Sound Artist, Benjamin Ryser
Media Artist, Dorothy WONG Ka Chung
Going Back introduces a woman reflecting on experiences of home and displacement as a member of the Truku tribe in Taiwan. The Truku people were one of the last indigenous tribes in Taiwan that maintained traditional life in their mountain homeland until the early 80ies. At that time, the Taiwanese government forced them to relocate from their mountain homeland due to the instalment of a National Park. They now live at the foot of that same mountain, living a precarious existence, only being granted a commercialised folklore visibility, which mainly serves tourism.
The relocation heavily impacted the Truku community. Those who try to maintain the connection to their ancestral land, face an arduous life, constantly traveling up and down the mountain, living an existence that is suspended between two worlds.
The narrator’s voice is counterpointed by a series of moving images and a soundscape composition, both composed from footage taken in the village and in the National Park.
The video was made after a two-months residency, where o!sland stayed with members of the Truku tribe. o!sland used the residency time to share life with the local people, to listen and learn. The video speaks about the situation of the Truku community as well as the friendship that developed between us during that time.
Going Back I was conceived as a multi-channel channel video and sound installation that immerses the visitor into a dense environment which recalls the inner and outer landscapes of the Truku community. Going Back I.b is also a part of an ongoing community art project (2017- present) in Tree Tree Tree Person Taroko Arts Residency (https:// treetreetreeperson.me/) that includes several video/sound works, site-specific installations and community events.