Vi Sees


Installation View; Photo: PODIUM

Corpses lay on a windowsill, exposed for days. Their lifeless wings airily sway gently in the stillness. On the other side, the frenetic flies flap their wings and buzz along the surface of the pane. Back and forth, forth and back they shuttle on both sides of the glass, circling around the room at violent speed. Frantically they navigate away from the room then, back, colliding brutally against transparency, dying in their attempt to break the bright which separates them.

Sitting, watching, we might be synchronized.

“Vi Sees” (Eng: I will see you later) is an ongoing project scrutinising the photographic writings and configurations of Jacky Jaan-Yuan Kuo’s summer residency at Podium. Jacky patches his past pictorial experiences at the space, recording the readings, dialogues, current writings, noises generated throughout his stay at Podium, integrating them into two sets of sound scripts and site-specific spatial installations.

Jacky has invited an Oslo-based musician Wei Ting Zeng to participate in these sound installations, and improvisations which will be performed live and spontaneously every day during the opening of the space. These sound materials and improvisations are responding to their changing bodies, both in terms of space, machine, renewing their memories, identity insecurity, physical perception, and the potential sources of combining sensations, memories as alternative knowledge.

The “Vi Sees” project is an extension of Jacky’s previous solo exhibition “The Location of Tears.” The work concerns the ongoing, something without exact end. His photographic experience pertains to the reconstructed - inevitably fictionalised - as fragments of memory, shuttling backwards and forwards in between notes, bodies of authorship, fictions, and autobiography. Furthermore, it asks is individual identity a constant relocation of estranged collective consciousness, or is it integral to the whole of the collected narrative?

The project is generously supported by Bildende Kunstneres Hjelpefond (Bildende Kunstneres Help Fund) and Kulturrådet (Arts Council Noway).

Warm appreciation goes out to the current team at Podium: Lesia Vasylchenko, Ayatgali Tuleubek, Ignas Krunglevičius, Ragnhild Aamås. Special thanks go to Jr-Shin Luo, Åsmund Kvarme Skuterud, Joanna Chia-Yu Lin, Eirik Melstrøm, Margaret Abebe Abeshu, Rickard Aall, Nikhil Vettukattil, Alliyah Wheaton, and Elizabeth Hefty, who have provided vital support for this ongoing project. Many thanks to our family and friends both in Taiwan and Norway.

Object-making & Site-specific Installation:
Jacky Jaan-Yuan Kuo
Script & Text-based Video:
Jacky Jaan-Yuan Kuo
Jacky Jaan-Yuan Kuo & Wei Ting Zeng
Sound Editing & Soundscape:
Jacky Jaan-Yuan Kuo & Wei Ting Zeng
Improvisational Performance (Cello & Piano):
Wei Ting Zeng
Video Documentation:
Rickard Aall
Photographic Documentation: