Chen Chieh-jen Collection ➔ DVD 'Empire's Borders I: Exhibition copy'

DVD 'Empire's Borders I: Exhibition copy' (GB3451/DC/1/3)

Archival Record


Global Persistent Identifier


Local Identifier

DC/1/3 (local reference number)

Level of Description



2008-2009 (is coverage date of)


Chen, Chieh-jen, (b. 1960), artist (has creator)

Access status



Physical and Logical Extent

1 DVD (1.57 GB) (26mins 49secs)

Content Extent

26mins 49secs

Content Type

two-dimensional moving image

Language Information

Chinese (is language of) Latin (is script of) Han (Traditional variant) (is script of)

Scope and Content

DVD containing the color & black and white single channel video installtion 'Empire's Borders I' by Chen chieh-jen. 

 'Empire's Borders I', looks at individual's experiences with border controls and visa between Taiwan and mainliand China, based on the artist's The Illegal Immigrant blog. The work features 8 Taiwanese applicants and 8 Mainland Chinese spouses immgrating to Taiwan on marriage visas retelling their stories sat at desks and speaking into a mirror. 

The work compares these two situations to explore global hierarchies of border control policies, and the disciplinary tactics dominant countries deploy when dealing with people of other nations. The video also critiques the Taiwanese government's domineering attitude and use of Cold War ideologies in dealing with weaker individuals from other regions. 

Management and Use

Conditions on Access

The video works are available to all freely available to all bona fide researchers to view within the Archive & Library search room.

Conditions on Use

The original videoworks are the copyright of Chen Chieh-jen. The videoworks are held by the Centre for viewing purposes only. Request for copies of the works will be referred to the copyright holder.


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Related Content

Related People and Organisations

Chen, Chieh-jen, (b. 1960), artist (has creator)

Related places

China (mainland) (has as subject)
Taiwan, Republic of China (has as subject)

Related Terms

two-dimensional moving images (has content type)
Chinese (is language of)
Latin (is script of)
Han (Traditional variant) (is script of)
videodisc (is medium of)
vob (has encoding format)
video (has media type)
motion pictures (visual works) (has documentary form)
Open (has access status)