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Light Year 24: Passenger Moment

Video Exhibition on the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage Anchorage Place & Pearl Street, Brooklyn, NY Thursday, April 6th 2017, 7PM – 10PM

The exhibition will be presented via “Live Feed” online the day of the show and at the Fata Morgana Project Space Gallery in Berlin Thursday, April 6th, 7PM-10PM (local time).

Curated by Luchia Meihua Lee, Executive Director, Taiwanese American Arts Council

Participating Artists and video titles:  Meng Chih Chiang: A Stranger to Words

                                                             Jeremiah Teipen: Ice Cubes Melting in a Plastic Cup

                                                             Poyen Wang: A Fabricated Personal History

                                                            Chinchih Yang: Kill Me or Change

                                                           Rosalie Yu and Alon Chitayat: Skin Deep

           Passenger Moment is a title which designates reacting to a system of thought that is based on life. As humans, we are confronted with a transitory existence that is relative to the world when we arrived. Included in this exhibit are five artists who use their personal experiences in life to expand the relationship between themselves and their subjects, and furthermore to express their concerns about the surroundings. This presentation is not to celebrate the beauty of nature or to praise the charming, romantic and magnificent. Instead of that, we investigate self and society.  Poyen Wang in A Fabricated Personal History took faces of stranger children and transferred them to familiar yet alien faces. In doing so, he addresses the assimilation period to the new land or the new world. All various color skins are also present in this multi-cultural city and in the Skin Deep project sketched by Rosalie Yu and Alon Chitayat, where a wide variety of human faces appear in the running video that been painted in different colors. The dripping lines and colors show its spontaneous drawing texture and a cold, lifeless face as urban residents pass by. After learning the various languages, the letters and venues in another way turn to familiar or unfamiliar ways to connect people universally, as decoded by Meng Chih Chiang’s A Stranger to Words that intertwines lines and mingles them with letters. The turning shape takes the viewer to an illuminated and illusionary world. In our materials world, we take pride in rapid high-tech development, ignoring the harmful effect on the environment and our very lives. Overused consumer goods turn to be undecomposed chemical elements that fly around in Jeremiah Teipen’s Ice Cubes Melting in a Plastic Cup. Also, the 30,000 beverage cans – the number used by the average American in a lifetime - that drop onto Chinchih Yang’s head in Kill Me or Change remind us of the astonishing quantities of waste that we have created and that are so deleterious to the earth, the planet which we only recently have come to see as fragile. This view project in this light year is without doctrine, but a beautiful, creative, abstract image that indicates us as strangers to this world.


LIGHT YEAR is an ongoing public art video projection project presented monthly on the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage by John Ensor Parker, Leo Kuelbs & Glowing Bulbs (aka 3_Search) in collaboration with the DUMBO Business Improvement District and the NYC DOT. LIGHT YEAR has hosted the work of over 150 artists and curators from around the world.