Next Scene
2020, performance installation, dimensions variable
2020, 空間表演裝置, 尺寸依場地而定




Next Scene is the third collaboration between Joyce HO and Snow HUANG. With the work, the artists continue their exploration of the relations between “places” and “memories” with “traces” as indicators. In Next Scene, detachable pillars are created—based on the shape of the “pillars” that support the main building of Air Force Command Headquarters—and installed in “Art Space III.” A “pillar” as an architectural element that structurally supports beams and the building as a whole often helps create the space for those who remain alive to shelter and to survive. However, when pillars are removed from the beams and the building they support, standing one next to another in an empty space, they are turned into monuments to bear memories of the deceased.

Insinuating moments between life and death, these pillars create “scenes” and translate the public’s shared memories of “states of emergency” in human history into different spatial arrangements. Various models of memories are therefore possible with these “movable and detachable monuments.” And the “scene change” now serves as a memorial ceremony. At the moment, humanity is facing a continuous “state of emergency” under the threat of the pandemic. However, “the tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the‘state of emergency [Ausnahmezustand]’ in which we live is not the exception but the rule. We must attain a conception of history that is in keeping with this insight. Then we shall clearly realize that it is our task to bring about a real state of emergency, and this will improve our position in the struggle against Fascism.”

During the exhibition, the audience can move the pillars around and make different arrangements in the space. In addition, performances in the form of “scene changes” are conducted every week. Every“rearrangement” is a “remake” of narratives of memories. The scenes no longer serve as mere stage backgrounds for performances and narratives to happen. Instead, rearrangements happening during the “scene changes” are turned into the “narrative” itself.

Scene I

Scene II

Scene III