水哪裡去了? Where is the water flowing?


2017好地下藝術空間-藝術家駐村計畫

作品名稱:水哪裡去了?

創作者:李蕢至

地點:花蓮市區(121.6062E, 23.9722N),磯崎海邊(23.707455N, 121.548522E)

材質:木料、回收的生活物件、聲音裝置、漂流木、沙

年代:2017

作品說明:

水滋養萬物,萬物像水一樣流轉。


2017年,我受田名璋教授之邀到花蓮參與好下藝術空間的藝術家駐村計畫。這件作品我以水的路徑訴說著台灣當前發生的環境議題。因此,我創造了兩件作品,即花蓮市閒置空間的水泉雕塑裝置作品,以及磯崎海灘的大地藝術作品,並對應著亞洲水泥公司在新城山的礦業開採形成的巨坑事實與許多關於該地的環境議題。試圖以山、城市與海,三個地點連成線的方式來描繪出我們現在所處環境的真實面貌。並將此計畫名為「水哪裡去了?」。回應當地曾經存在的自然資源之外,也藉由水的路徑來回看我們這塊土地、山與海域。


第一件作品的概念來自於花蓮當地的湧泉歷史和新城山上的環境危機。中央山脈的地下水沿著奇萊平原往低窪流,讓花蓮市一帶遍佈著湧泉。也形成了溝仔尾(日治時期稱為紅毛溪)這條孕育著花蓮市老街區的母親河。但這豐富的常民文化與河流風景很可惜地在商業的發展下被水泥掩蓋住了,那被掩蓋的不只是河流,也隱藏了過去的文化記憶與湧泉歷史。在進駐之前我與田教授一起和當地的里長進行場地勘查,並藉以了解當地的歷史。我選擇了一個曾經有人居住但現已荒廢的地方。在這個地點我們可以閱讀到它如湧泉一樣有著此曾在的過去事實,看見過去曾有人在此生活過的痕跡。在決定了地點之後,我決定以城市中的廢棄物件作為作品材料。一方面以回收再利用的方式回應城市中的消費文化,另一方面以湧泉的雕塑形式回應過去的湧泉歷史。


在製作過程中很感謝里長與當地民眾的協助蒐集作品製作需要的回收物件。在材料已備齊之後,我開始慢慢地將這些回收物件組成一座靜止、不流動、如被棄置的水泥塊一樣死寂的湧泉雕塑,回應花蓮當地的湧泉被掩蓋的現況。這湧泉的雕塑有如在地下蓄積已久竄出的泉水,在這殘破的面頰上湧出,流淌在這冰冷的土地上。


雕塑進行的同時,對於山區、城市與海邊居民的訪談也正在進行著。非常謝謝國立東華大學的同學們協助我進行田野的訪談。訪談的內容大多是關於居民們對於地下水的記憶、生物棲地的改變與生活的轉變。對比著過去和現在的環境,在生態上產生了甚麼改變?而生活本身又是如何適應這些變化? 在訪談結束後,我將這些訪談後的聲音檔製作成聲響裝置,植入在死寂的湧泉雕塑之中。當這些水的記憶與其自身故事的聲音從雕塑中發出時,仿佛注入了雕塑靈魂,使原本這死寂的物件雕塑活了過來。而雕塑組成的每一個物件承載著我們日常生活的共同記憶,當它伴隨者雕塑中此起彼落發出的記憶聲響時,我們聽見了許多關於土地的美麗故事與哀愁,也猶如一個個不在場靈魂的環境宣言。


水從山上流向城市,再從城市流向大海…


在完成了第一件作品之後,我來到花蓮縣豐濱鄉的磯崎海灘進行第二件作品製作。由於這海邊的作品我希望能夠與自然的潮汐一起合作來完成。因此,我配合著當地的潮汐時間表,在退潮的時間製作,由滿潮的海水將作品帶走而完成。它是個平和、簡單的圓形地景作品。像是水的漣漪,也像是個火山口。而火山口的形象在這裡也呼應著當地部落以狼煙傳遞訊息的方式。它跟市區的湧泉一樣蓄積著巨大的訊息能量,也是一種人與人,或是以自然神靈溝通的渠道。


「水哪裡去了?」作品以城市間的湧泉雕塑結合著海邊的地景雕塑,再對應著山上的採礦事實。以水的路徑揭示著我們現實的生活環境。以自然的規律訴說著土地上的故事,看見漫流在時間長河中無法沖淡的歷史事實,也是人與自然關係之間共存的生活省思。

2017 Good Underground Art Space Artist Residency project

Title: Where is the water flowing?

Artist: Lee, Kuei-Chih

Location: Hualien City and Jici Beach

( 23.9722N, 121.6062E) , (23.707455N, 121.548522E)

Material: Wood, Recycled living objects, Sound device, Driftwood, Sand

Year: 2017

Work conception:

Water nourishes everything, and everything flows like water.

The concept of the work comes from the local history of the water springs. The sound of the water be covered, it just like the water accumulation underground for long time and sprang out in this broken cheek gushing, and flowing in this cold land. This is the natural order and the real reaction of our life.

The works are located the unused space in the Hualien city and the Jici Beach in the Fengbin Township, Hualien County and echoes the status of the mountain here. In this unused space, we can read the past facts that it used to exist, as was the same as the water springs. We could see the traces of the past life here, and feel that time scrubbing the history of the old taste. The work is constructing by the local recycled living objects, and set the sound device that the local residents talk about their memories of the water and their own stories. It is a kind of no flow, such as abandoned the cement block as deadly rock sculpture. Each object is carrying our daily life and life history of the common memory, and accompanied by the memories of the sounds around here, like an absence of environmental declaration, but also direct evidence of human consumption society.

We saw a peaceful and simple circle of the Land art work at the Hualien beach. It looks like a crater, we could imagine the smoke of the tribe to convey the message. It also with the same huge energy as the water spring under the ground and waiting for the release of the moment. It is kind of the reveal the natural spiritual image too, and like a circuital chain which is without starting and ending, and life philosophy.

This work uses the water path talking about our environment issue. Water flows from the mountain to the city and finally flows to the sea. Therefore, I create two pieces of work which are the water springs outdoor sculpture installation art in the unused place in the Hualien city and the land art work on the Jici Beach and try to echo the fact that is the Asia Cement Corporation dig the giant pit in the Xin-Cheng Mountain and many local environmental issue. Trying to depicting the true face of the environment in which we are now.

The work called "Where is the water flowing?" It responds to the local existence of natural resources, in addition, also tried to look back our city, the mountain and the sea with the water path. By the natural order of the water tell the story of the land. See the historical facts flow in the long river of time but can’t dilute.

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