ARTFORUM.COM INTERVIEWS |「Morgan Wong 」黃榮法談近期創作

I’M INTERESTED IN THE TEMPORALITY OF SOVEREIGNTY, and how it can be examined or illustrated through geopolitical borders. For example, the ongoing debates that have been happening since the late 1940s about the commonly named “nine-dash line,” a territorial claim in the South China Sea that China and Taiwan have maintained over the years, have long intrigued me. Representing the South China Sea border as eleven separate paintings, my “Dash Series” partly taps into the psychology of how we can perceive a series of dashes as a continuous line. It’s a gesture of destroying the border and, at the same time, an act of rethinking the significance of each dash.

A solo exhibition that I had at KIGOJA Independent Arts Space Initiative in Seoul in 2016, “KIGOJA Standard Time (KST),” presented four installations featuring two steel rails, an open window, six unsynchronized clocks, and a television displaying a silent, spinning globe. With this fictional time zone I created, the works made up a stark tableau that spoke broadly to the role of time in nation building. The show revolved around North Korea’s decision, in 2015, to revert to a precolonial time zone. This setting up of Pyongyang time, on the seventieth anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan, created a new temporal border between the South and the North.

In 2013, I began the lifelong performance Filing Down a Steel Bar Until a Needle Is Made. The title references a Chinese idiom about determination, and the work evolved from my personal determination to become an artist. I am literally filing down a metal bar, which is the same height and weight as myself, by hand. It is also a metaphorical event, in a way. The project was presented as a video in the exhibition “Line of Times” at Mill6 in Hong Kong earlier this year, because I decided it should not be a public performance, but a daily ritual, for me. The metal bar project is already durational in that it’s going to take my whole life to complete, so I don’t feel the need to lock myself up in a room, just filing it every day. If I cannot be with the metal bar, because of work or travel, I just leave it. It also travels with me to residences and other long relocations.

I think it’s important not to recognize a project as absurd in the beginning, because that kind of defines its function and denies the nature of absurdity. Time has always been a concern of mine. Recently I have been looking into theoretical physics and whether the passing of time even exists. Repeating these actions and gestures almost allows me to create my own currency, my own unit of time.

——As told to Samantha Kuok Leese



「疆域—地緣的拓撲」 現場照片,“Frontier: Re-assesement of Post-Globalisational Politics" On-site Photos. Courtesy of OCAT Shanghai and artist.


黃榮法1984年生於香港,現生活及工作於香港。個展包括:「一寸光陰一寸金」(巴塞爾藝術展香港展會-藝術探新單元,香港會議展覽中心,香港,2018) (即將展出)、「此刻的涼薄只存在於主觀與客觀的一念之間」(溫哥華亞洲當代藝術國際中心,溫哥華,2016)、「短劃;喧笑;水塘」(A+ Contemporary 亞洲當代藝術空間策劃,亞洲藝術中心台北二館,台北,2016)、「KIGOJA標準時間(KST)」(KIGOJA,首爾,2016)、「無題─高速公路」(勞斯萊斯陳列室,香港,2015)、「鐵柱成針」(Tintype Gallery,倫敦,2013)、「一小時」(2P Contemporary Art Gallery,香港,2011)。群展包括:「疆域—地緣的拓撲」(OCT Contemporary Art Terminal 上海館,上海,2017)、「走私:一個越境的生命經濟學」(關渡美術館,台北,2017)、「線之時空」(六廠基金會,香港,2017)、「時間測試:國際錄影藝術研究觀摩展」(中央美術學院,北京,2016)、「Seoul Babel」(首爾美術館,首爾,2016)、「如果只有城籍而沒有國籍」Para Site 藝術空間,香港,2015)、「Essential Matters」(Borusan Contemporary,伊斯坦堡,2015)、「第 8 屆深圳雕塑雙年展」(OCT Contemporary Art Terminal深圳館,深圳,2014)、「第二屆巴塞爾藝術展香港展會-藝聚空間單元」(香港會議展覽中心,香港,2014)、「18th Videobrasil」(SESC Pompeia,聖保羅,2013)、「Move On Asia – Video Art in Asia 2002 to 2012」(ZKM媒體美術館,卡爾斯魯厄,德國,2013)、「No Soul For Sale」(泰特現代美術館,倫敦,2010)。 黃榮法亦同時為, Artforum藝術論壇, ArtReview Asia 撰寫文章。