A Performance in the Church
Three-channel video installation
The intact foundation of the walls and graves, as the remains of the Church of Todos los Santos, successively unearthed from 2018 to 2020 by the archaeological team, were the only and most direct evidences of the Spanish presence in Taiwan between 1626 and 1642. Taking the archaeological site as the point of departure, the artist organized an interdisciplinary musical performance via the encounters among archaeology, sound, and contemporary art. Archaeology, fascinating in a way that it allows contemporary audience to imagine a time and space we have never experienced before as they are absorbed in the tiny material pieces, thus conceptually becomes the center of the project which attempts to re-create sounds for the archaeological site which has slept in silence for centuries.
The artwork includes three videos: the first represents a musical performance taking place at the archaeological site, where the composer Hui Tak-Cheung transforms the archaeological elements into musical materials, including the instruments made in the models of archaeological findings, such as the flute made of a 3D-printed bone tool, or the percussion assembled with scums and antlers, while the floating animation in the video is also derived from the on-site findings. The second video captures the composer’s conversation with the archaeologist Ellen Hsieh taking place in the sound studio where sound and archaeology meat each other. The third video documents the on-site archeological excavation process and its animated 3D scanning.