"Chronotopia" is an expanded version of a project initially researched during an artist residency at Taipei Artist Village in July 2012, weaving associations between a number of distinct historical narratives – personal, aesthetic and architectural – related to Taiwan across the 20th Century. The moving image work takes as its starting point the figure of Lee Guang-Hui, an indigenous Taiwanese who had fought for Japan in World War II and remained isolated in the jungles of the Indonesian island of Morotai, believing the war had not ended until his discovery in 1974. His narrative is inflected through associations to an abandoned late modernist beach resort in northern Taiwan and the narration of moving images as exemplified by the 'Bianshi' tradition of silent film narrators in 1930s Japanese occupied Taiwan.
Commissioned for the Taiwan Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale 2013, located in the Palazzo delle Prigioni, Venice. The group exhibition is entitled "This is Not a Taiwan Pavilion" and deals with questions of national identity, historiography and fiction. Correspondingly, it is the first time in the history of the Taiwan Pavilion that it features artists not exclusively from Taiwan: Chia-Wei Hsu, Kateřina Šedá and myself.