DIY Haunt

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DIY Haunt

Curator: Alice Ming Wai Jim

New Media Performance
Friday, May 19, 2017, at 8 pm
(free admission)

Installation version
May 20-21, 1-5 pm

In collaboration with Festival Accès Asie
This event is part of the Montreal Digital Spring 2017

Produced during her artist residency at OBORO, Yen-Chao Lin’s DIY Haunt is an immersive installation performance inspired by the artist’s childhood experiences in the Republic of China in the 1980s and 1990s during a period of turbulent political change and rapid economic growth. It reflects on the political tension and instability that remains despite the end of four decades of martial law in Taiwan which lasted 38 years from May 19, 1949 to July 15, 1987.

Until the Syrian martial law (1963–2011), this was the longest period of martial law by a regime in the world. The lifting of martial law was followed by the liberalization and democratization of Taiwan although the first direct election of President and Vice President were not held until 1996. The political reform triggered many human rights movements, one of the results being the formal apology by Taiwan’s first female President on August 1, 2016, to Taiwan’s Indigenous peoples for four centuries of injustices.

Part tableau vivant of memories, part healing box, DIY Haunt speaks to the social and economic austerity of the post-Chinese civil war trauma where differences between intergenerational experiences invoked separation, boundaries, and divisions. The performance focuses on inversion and stillness, using endurance as a metaphor for different forms of resistance to cultural conditioning past and present, here in Canada, as elsewhere.

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Yen-Chao Lin

Yen-Chao Lin is a Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist, self-described postmodern archivist, and a natural history enthusiast. She is an avid collector of all things from found family records to Victorian ephemera and biological specimens. As a first generation Taiwanese-born immigrant, her works are often inspired by oral histories, folk religion practices, as well as recurring hauntological themes. Lin holds a BFA from Concordia University with a major in film production. Her works has been shown at Festival du nouveau cinéma (Montreal), Antimatter Media Art (Victoria), Women Make Waves (Taipei), Festival image contre nature (Marseille) amongst others. She is currently a core member and key programmer for Atelier Céladon.

Alice Ming Wai Jim

Alice Ming Wai Jim is assistant professor of contemporary art in the Department of Art History at Concordia University, Montreal. Before joining the faculty at Concordia, Jim was curator of the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Centre A) in Vancouver (2003-06). She is currently researching on the convergence between world art histories and contemporary Asian and Asian Canadian art histories.