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政大藝中以「刺青:身體記事本」為2022年度學期駐校藝術計畫主題,以「身體圖像化-圖像身體化」及「身-心轉譯」為主要概念,前者聚焦「將身體的記憶,以書寫、繪畫等方式,將內在轉譯成身體圖像。」承此脈絡,侯俊明以《刺裸 : 國王的新衣》為題,以身體圖訪談創作為本展進行延伸性的發表。

2014年至今,侯俊明陸續完成了將近70位的身體圖訪談創作,分為「男洞」、「男槳」、「女島」三個系列,它們從2016年起,陸續受邀於上海《修身術-世界身體的自我技術》、國美館的雙年展《一座島嶼的可能性》、東海大學個展《推拿》、2017年MOCA《光.合作用-亞洲當代藝術同志議題展》,以及2019年水色藝術工坊《身體祭》、洛杉磯《轉世花木蘭》……等展出,每次都是以不同的組合、空間樣貌面對觀者,期待在不同時空與觀者能產生最大的共鳴。

侯俊明說,「身體圖訪談創作探索的是關於我們的慾望、匱乏與追尋。關於記憶、祕密與窺視」。身體圖也反映了時代、社會價值觀是如何影響著我們決定以何種方式,與自我最私密那一面相見。面對身體圖即將進入政大,回頭發現了兩個有趣的時間點:一是侯俊明身體圖最早一批受訪者始於2014年,正是目前在學的政大生們正進入青春期的時刻,二是侯俊明的身體圖訪談受訪者中,滿高比例的參與者是這批學生「父母輩」的年齡,這些人在約莫十年前,受到侯俊明個人臉書發起的招募吸引,主動報名參加了這個計畫。以上述兩個時間點為背景,面對有著更早的性啟蒙、更普遍的身體自主意識,以及高度網路社群依賴的世代,侯俊明的身體圖訪談創作將為我們,帶來什麼新的啟發與對話?

某種程度,身體圖訪談創作與刺青,都是在追求「真我」的行動,都是一種表達,行動的特殊性讓原本完全的陌生人更願意交託出心底最深處的秘密,最後被圖像化所呈現出來的,不一定是秘密本身,而是進入藝術家、刺青師的生命經驗裡進行整合、轉化的最終結果。我們也期待在政大的兩個月,身體圖能有更多的討論,「在不斷的敘述中,完成了自我的凝視與救贖。」

NCCU Arts and Culture Center's theme for the 2022 art residency is "Tattoo: The Story of You," which centers around the concept of "The Body as an Image, Images as the Body" and "Interpretations Between the Mind and Body." The former features "interpreting memories and inner states into images on the body through methods such as writing and painting." HOU Chun-Ming's The Emperor's New Clothes aligns with this concept and explores the topic through his body maps interview project.

Since 2014, HOU has successively completed the body maps interview project on almost 70 people. The interviews have materialized into works that are categorized into three series: "Man Hole," "Man Paddle," and "Female Island," and have been showcased at exhibitions including Shanghai's "Body Practice: The Self in the Body of the World" exhibition in 2016, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts Taiwan Biennial "The Possibility of an Island," Tunghai University's "Knead and Gain" solo exhibition, MOCA's "Spectrosynthesis - Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now" in 2017, Mizuiro Workshop's "Body Festival" in 2019, and the "Mulan, Make Up!" exhibition in Los Angeles. In each display, HOU presents the works in varying curatorial and spatial arrangements with hopes of touching viewers of different spaces and times.

HOU stated, "The body maps interview project explores our desires, yearnings, and pursuits. It is about memories, secrets, and the clandestine gaze." The body maps interview project also reveals the fact that how we face the most selfish side of ourselves is impacted by the values of society and the time we live in. As body maps is about to enter NCCU, HOU realizes two interesting points in terms of time: one is that the first group of body maps interviewees was approached in 2014 when they were the same age as the current students of NCCU; the second is that a high percentage of the interviewees of HOU's project are now around the same age as the parents of the NCCU students today. Around ten years ago, these people were attracted by the announcement on HOU's Facebook page and applied to participate in the project. Based on the two points in time, what ideas will HOU's body maps interview project inspire among a generation of young people that have experienced sexual enlightenment at an earlier age, a more widespread awareness of bodily subjectivity, and are highly dependent on social media and the internet?

To some extent, both the body maps interview project and tattoos are attempts to express and pursue the "true self," while the project's uniqueness allows strangers to be willing to share their deepest secrets. The final images may not necessarily be direct depictions of the secrets; instead, they are integrations and transformations of the life experiences of the tattoo artist. We hope this two-month body maps art residency will encourage more discussions and "lead to continued discourse that inspires self-awareness and self-redemption."

《刺裸:國王的新衣》侯俊明個展
"The Needled Flesh: The Emperor's New Clothes", HOU Chun-Ming Solo Exhibition
2022.03.21 - 06.10
週一至五11:00-17:00,國定假日休展 | Mon. - Fri., 11:00 to 17:00, Closed on National Holidays
藝文中心 5F 藝文空間(大廳往上一層樓)
Art Gallery, 5F of NCCU Art & Culture Center (One floor above the lobby)
藝術家導覽|Artist Guide
2022.04.29
(五) 18:30-19:10 | Fri. 29. Apr. 2022 18:30-19:10
藝文中心 5F 藝文空間
Art Gallery, 5F of NCCU Art & Culture Center
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身體圖與刺青:藝術家與刺青師的創作交流|Body Maps and Tattoos: The Artist and the Tattoo Artist
2022.04.29
(五) 19:30-21:30 | Fri. 29. Apr. 2022 19:30-21:30
藝文中心 4F ART HUB
ART HUB, 4F of NCCU Art & Culture Center
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侯俊明身體圖工作坊 | HOU Chun-Ming Body Maps Workshop
2022.04.30
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(六) 10:00-17:00 (12:00-13:00為午餐時間) | Sat. 30. Apr. 2022 10:00-17:00 (Lunch Time, 12:00-13:00)
藝文中心 8F 813活動室
Room 813, 8F of NCCU Art & Culture Center
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