Physical and Logical Extent1 DVD (1.57 GB) (26mins 49secs)
two-dimensional moving image
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.