by Tony WU
2005 / color / sound / 1S / 16' 25

The original concept of «exTAIPEIit» began with presenting the city and people of Taipei without showing Taipei landscape, and it evolved into an investigation of migration/study/travel issues related to leaving Taipei. Twenty-six interviewees who are in position to make the choices are under the scrutiny of a close-distance camera. Their ghostly images flash on and off the screen telling their personal stories and struggles, aggregating a revealingly collective state of being before breaking away again by polarized perspectives. One after another, identified foreign cities speedily fleet across the screen, clashing and bouncing, then, the image derailed from the gradually unrecognizable urban jungle. In «exTAIPEIit», some who crave to leave stay, and others who crave to come back remain away. Four layers of visual elements pile on one after another to compensate and induce; four layers of audio tracks provoke, seduce and intrude each other. Together they construct a journey of a wandering heart full of contradiction and uncertainty.


distribution format Digital file on server (NTSC)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 29,976 fps
sound sound
translation English (Embedded subtitles)
rental fee 69,00 €