踏蛋踏蛋 ta dan ta dan

2019, 15 min, mixed media
 

a time-based installation in collaboration with Tai-yi Lin

踏蛋踏蛋 ta dan ta dan

2019, 15 min, mixed media
 

a time-based installation in collaboration with jewelry artist Tai-yi Lin

‘ta dan ta dan’ is the repetitive Mandarin pronunciation of ‘踏蛋’, which can be roughly translated as ‘walking on the egg’. This work is an extended project of Lin’s poem, Skating On the Poached Egg, in which Lin portraits the unbalancing feeling of trying to fit in a foreign metropolitan city.

 

The installation incorporates diary film projections (the super 8 film was shot during Lunar New Year in Taiwan, and the digital film was  shot on iPhone over the past three years in the US) and an automata jewelry box in a paper sculpture to establish a temporary space in which to meditate on the transformative process of daily life.

Skating On the Poached Egg 

Tai-Yi Lin

Being balanced while skating on the poached egg 

is tough sometimes a forward swizzle like hugging 

with the mouth of October sometimes a backward wiggle like kissing 

with the arms of s'more so cooling so warm 

I dip and hop I hop and dip ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba 

from both sides coining balance while skating 

on the poached egg ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba 

在水波蛋上滑行

林太乙 

 

水波蛋是紐約這座城市, 

它那搖擺起伏的誘人律動, 

孕育出紐約人彈性敏捷的動態日常線條。 

我們戒慎恐懼,任由它向我們冷嘲熱諷, 

我們悠然自得,任由它對我們赤誠以待; 

試圖不狼狽地 

穩住重心。 

presentation:

8 pm to 11 pm, June 29 & 30, 2019

AlterWork Studios30-09 35th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11106

2019 Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant, New York

 

This project is made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.