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The Subduction Zone (Our Story) 隱沒帶(我們的故事)

The Subduction Zone (Our Story)隱沒帶(我們的故事)

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Located at the subduction zone where the Eurasian Plate converges with the Philippine Sea Plate, the island of Taiwan has developed a unique topography as a result of the downwelling tectonic activity. Similarly, Taiwan’s position at the boundaries of different political forces within the global geography, and the hidden forces exerted by political, economic, cultural, and ideological plates, have shaped its national identity. 

Taiwan’s unique landscape and geopolitical history serves as a theme for The Subduction Zone by Shake. Comprised of three short films entitled Our Status Quo, Our Story and Our Suite de Danses, the work traces the intersection of the tectonic plates and travel to Taipei’s Tatung Volcanoes; the Yuli to Antun section of the old railway line in Hualien that traverses the Eurasian Plate and Philippine Sea Plate; and to the Jili Badlands in Taitung. In the eyes of a geologist, these locations are ideal textbook examples of plate tectonics; but what Shake contemplates is whether these landscapes enable an imagining of the political struggles that have taken place on this island. How does an individual find a resting place within the conflicts of divergent social structures, political systems, and ideological modes? How can the status of the self be reimagined and the story of the self be told?

In addition to landscapes, Shake also includes constructions of narrative elements in the film, such as archived historical documents, personal memory, school activities, and cultural rituals, in the artistic practice of cinematic writing.



除了地景,雪克也在影片中含納歷史檔案文件、個人記憶、學校活動與文化儀式等敘事元素的建構,進行電影書寫(cinematic writing)的藝術實踐。



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