Double Action
Che-Yu Hsu (TW)
Double Action

Installation vidéo, 22 min

Starting from a gunman involved in a murder case, I seek to reflect the collective unconscious within society and politics through the gunman's multiple peculiar roles—a filmmaker, a killer, a gangster, and a patriot. In 1984, when Taiwan was still under Martial Law, a Taiwanese American writer Henry Liu was shot to death in his own house in the United States by a Taiwanese assassin. Afterward, due to the intervention and investigation of the US government authorities, this case was eventually confirmed to be a political murder jointly committed by the Military Intelligence Bureau and the biggest mafia United Bamboo Gang in Taiwan, as the government paid the mafia to kill Henry Liu. The protagonist of this work, Wu Dun, is the assassin who fired the shot at the time. After the case was exposed, the Taiwanese authorities were pressured by the US, and Wu Dun was thus sentenced to life imprisonment. However, he was given amnesty and discharged from prison after six years. After he got out of prison, Wu Dun remained an important member of the United Bamboo Gang, and he established a film company as a producer with the support of his mafia influence, making several “wuxia films” - refers to specific traditional Chinese swordplay films. In the genre of “wuxia film,” the story of the conflicts between a government and local gangsters has often been the main theme, along with a strongly nationalistic ideology. In this work, I revisited the film studio that was once used by Wu Dun and is now deserted to recompose the fragments of the political assassination and the scenes of wuxia films, and I cooperated with a 3D scanning team—their job is to provide forensic scanning service at crime scenes—to make a digital double of Wu Dun, attempting to dissect the collective memory from a digital shell.

Che-Yu Hsu
Che-Yu Hsu Taiwan
Promotion Marie Curie

1985 Born and based in Taipei, Taiwan. Hsu Che-Yu works as an artist who primarily creates animations, videos, and installations that feature the relations between media and memories. What matters to the artist is not simply the history of events traceable through media, but also the construction and visualization of memories, be they private or collective.

2019-2020 Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK), Ghent, Belgium
2009-2014 Graduate Institute of Plastic Arts, Tainan National University of the Arts (M.F.A.), Tainan, Taiwan

3 exhibitions:
“VIDEONALE.18”, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany (2021)
“IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam”, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2018,2020)
“Shanghai Biennale: Proregress”, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China (2018)

Art projects: Single Copy (2019), Lacuna (2018), Re-rupture (2017), Microphone Test (2015)


2014 – Graduated from Graduate Institute of Plastic Arts, Tainan National University of the Arts (M.F.A., Taiwan)
2019~2020 – Post-academic research program HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Gent, Belgium)
2019 – Finalist, HUGO BOSS ASIA ART
2017 – Solo exhibition at a.m. space, Hong Kong
2016 – Solo exhibition at Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China
2016 – Annual Grand Prize, Taishin Arts Award 14th
2015 – Solo exhibition at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
2012 – Solo exhibition at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
2012 – Solo exhibition at Society for Arts and Technology (SAT), Montreal, Canada
2011 – Solo exhibition at Digital Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan

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