Au Sow Yee was born and grew up in Malaysia, she now lives and work in Taipei, Taiwan. She attained her M.F.A degree from San Francisco Art Institute (U.S.A) and Graduate School of New Media Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts. Her works question, explore as well as expand the relation between images, image making, politics and power, through video installation and other mediums. Sow Yee is one of the co-founder of Rumah Attap Library & Collective in Kuala Lumpur and currently work in TNUA's Center for Art & Technology. She is one of the finalists for the Asia Pacific Breweries Signature Art Prize 2018.
part of The Extreme Journey of Perwira and the Calm Sea: In 3Acts
靜海武士的極盡旅程(三幕劇)之 1.1 老虎洞 * supported by The Taishin Bank Foundation for Arts and Culture
Japanese intelligence agent Tani Yutaka, a member of the F agency, one of Japan’s intelligence agencies in the 1940s, spoke fluent Malay. In 1911, he was born in Fukuoka, Japan, and later moved with his parents in northeastern Malaysia, where he became a bandit to avenge his younger sister’s death. Tani Yutaka’s story has been filmed in 1943 and 1989 and adapted into the television series “Bandit Harimau” （快傑ハリマオ）in 1960 and 1961. “Harimau” (ハリオ) is known as Malay word for “Tiger.” The series re-imagine Tani Yutaka’s journey on the sea and in his life. As a reference to the South, the tiger is also Japan’s mental appearance attached to its human figures on the map of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. During the Japanese occupation, Taiwan was considered the northernmost spot of the South, and how did Taiwan view the further South? A sleeping tiger is like the sleeping South, the hot, lazy, and unprogressive periphery. “Malayan Tigers” in the tropical rainforest are still named after the colonists, and they drowsily continue their journey to the uncharted fields in their human forms.
Animator and 3D Animator: WU Ting-Yi / Music and Sound: CHEN YowRuu / Sound Design for Sleeping Tiger: Vicky OU
video installation, 9’57”, 2020 (commissioned by Taipei Fine Arts Museum)
The Kris Project+: Polaris, Southern Stars and the Darken Bats is the final chapter of the “Kris Project” series launched in 2016. Centering around the Malayan cinema magnate Loke Wan Tho (who died in a plane crash in Shengang, Taiwan in 1964) as the protago- nist, the “Kris Project” also brings up issues such as regional politics, borders, etc. Loke who mysteriously disappeared in the plane crash met his lover whom transformed into a black bat and, amidst the flux of scenery shots, tackles the dialectics of border imagining both in its fluxes and biases.
2020年的<克里斯計畫番外篇：北辰南星黑蝙蝠> 試圖藉由「陸」展開一場終結的旅程。<克里斯計畫番外篇：北辰南星黑蝙蝠>延伸了<克里斯計畫II：If the Party Goes On>中關於<空中小姐>的元素，藉由電懋旗下<空中小姐>等1950、1960年代冷戰時期生產的電影，以空鏡或消除時空的方式來建構「陸」（亦或是情人Sita）跨越時空的探險旅程。空鏡一般在電影裡面被用作場景建立或填補時間裂隙的畫面。在空難中神秘消失的「陸」那沒有顯身過的情人化身黑蝙蝠，在一片又一片時空顯影和隱身的交織流動中，辯證邊界想像的流動與偏見。
Production Team: Music / Sandra Tavali, Additional Cutouts: Chen YowRuu, Lee Jia Xing