Sunrise Sunset

(2019)







concept: River Lin
performance: Zi-hao, Mu Yan, River Lin

2-channel video, installation, performance
dimension and duration variable

production: Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, as part of RAM Highlight 2019. (curated by Hsieh Feng-Rong)



Snrise Sunset is a new selection of River Lin’s Alarm Clock Series presented by Rockbund Art Museum, part of RAM HIGHLIGHT, an annual festival program dedicated to the intersectional artforms of performace and exhibition.      

Through re-staging The O Time Collection (2019), Sleeping in between Tehching Hsieh and On Kawara (2018), and My Alarm Wakes Me Up (2017), with a new video-installtion Until Sunset (2019), River Lin choreographes an expanded cycles of sleeping and waking lying in one’s socially everday timetable of morning, afternoon and night time.   

Inter-textually, the video work Until Senset screens via two channles, where one is presenting a scene of sunset in real time and the another is sunrise. The video of sunrise, however, is actually a rewinded process from the video of sunset. Thus, the two channles serve as a mirrored circle in conversation with the trio live-acts.




photos of exhibition view by River Lin. 

Mark

The O Time Collection


(2019)



concept & performance :  River Lin
in collaboration with : Liu Yi-chun @ Peeping Tome Dance Company
production: KANAL- Centre Pompidou & KAAI Theatre (Performatik Biennial of Performance Art, 2019)


One’s everyday labour begins from waking until sleeping, and the two ends aligns the primal unit of life time. 


To signal the process of time and ritualize daily movements, River Lin’s Alarm Clock Series (2017-ongoing) creates a situation where an artist sleeps alongside an alarm clock until being awaken by the alarm. Actions of sleeping and waking repeats over and over again, compressing the two ends of time span in an artificial force.



The work The O Time Collection specifically looks at visualizing the round and circular temporality instead of the linear. An alarm clock is positioned as a center of circle in a space, where performers sleep and circulate to map and document each time of sleep, gradually, a number of radiuses of  a circle are drawn and collected.   





photo by Yu Wan-lun

Mark

Sleeping in between Tehching Hsieh and On Kawara

(2018-2019)

In Sleeping in between Tehching Hsieh and On Kawara , River Lin stages a live installation to perform and document the progress of time. River offers a reflection on cycles of waking and sleeping, presence and absence, transience, and labor. As the title suggests, the piece also gives a sly nod to two artistic forebears “from” Asia, Tehching Hsieh and On Kawara, whose work have also taken the marking of the passage of time as one of their prime tasks.

This performance-based installation is part of Out of Turn, a project curated by Meenakshi Thirukode and John Tain, Asia Art Archive. 


Concept, installation & performance :  River Lin
commision : Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong) & Seredipity Arts Festival (Goa)


- RAM Hightlight, Rockbund Art Museum, 2019
- Out of Turn, Serendipity Arts Festival, 2018
  






 photo by John Tain ( Goa, 2018) and River Lin (Shanghai, 2019)

Mark

The Everyday Ritual Collection

(2018)

concept & composition: River Lin
performer: Ashley Chen, Massimo Fusco, Ni Ni Yu, Shihya Peng, River Lin 

Production: Palais de Tokyo, Paris
at DO DISTURB Festival, 2018. (curated by Vittoria Matarrese)


The Everyday Ritual Collection is a durational performance spontaneously happening throughout the festival time at the Palais de Tokyo. The collection of this performance consists of three pieces, as an extension of the project 8 Days 2 Night and 10 Artists, including My Alarm Wakes Me Up (by River Lin), The Umbrella Is Prohibited Here ( by Ni Ni Yu) and One Must Imagine Sisyphus Was Happy (by Sunteck Yao).

The three pieces compose a new context that considers what human bodies do every day. My Alarm Wakes Me Up performs a circle of sleeping and wakening, implying fundamental actions of the everyday. One Must Imagine Sisyphus Was Happy is a choreography of moving and rolling a stone as the manual labour. The Umbrella Is Prohibited Here is a performative negotiation that a performer holds an umbrella for audience members.      





photo by Chin-fan

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My alarm wakes me up

(2017)



concept & performance :  River Lin
Production: Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2017.
this work is a part of 8 Days 2 Nights and 10 Artists


One’s everyday labour begins from waking until sleeping. The two ends aligns the primal unit of life time. The notion of performing the two ends in a compressed time span and questioning waking up from sleep as an artificial force than natural in modern society, has inspired this work.



To signal the process of time and ritualize daily movements, this live installation creates a situation where an artist sleeps with an alarm clock until being awaken by the alarm, in repetition. By mechanizing bodies and locating this performance in a gallery setting, the timeline of human life integrates into the context of exhibition making, negotiating ways of viewing time-based art between artworks and spectators. 



 photo by Chang Wei 

Mark