Ima hangan su? (What is your name) / Tainan
inter-media installation (sound, video)
sound, double channels, 59’00”
video projections, double channels, 16’00”
6m x 8m x 10m
In this installation, we deal with the living space of the Truku people we met, which is split between the residential area in Xincheng and the old tribal villages Datong and Dali on Liwu mountain. When we visited the Truku we joined them on their hikes to their old homes on the mountain and back to the town where they now live. This transition between the two spaces left us with a feeling of in-between, of not belonging to either place. We took video footage in both places and paired them in the installation. All videos observe specific details of the environment, being attempts to learn about the people by observing their surroundings. A mountain video always appears together with a Xincheng video, thus pointing out the contrasts as well as the connections between the two places. A diverging feature of the two places is their respective soundscape: machines and cars dominate in Xincheng whereas a rich variety of natural sounds can be heard in the mountain villages. On the pathway between the two places the acoustic arenas of the mountain and the city blend. Factory and street noises are layered with the sounds of the mountain forest. This observation is at the core of the installation’s sound part. While watching the videos the visitor is standing between two sound sources that play the two soundscapes. Two spaces fall into one, they coexist and at the same time interfere with each other.