Chen Chieh-jen Collection ➔ DVD 'Lingchi: Echoes of a Historical Photograph, exhibition copy'

DVD 'Lingchi: Echoes of a Historical Photograph, exhibition copy' (GB3451/DC/1/7)

Archival Record


Global Persistent Identifier


Local Identifier

DC/1/7 (local reference number)

Level of Description



2002 (was creation date of)


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

Access status



Physical and Logical Extent

1 DVD (1.31 GB)

Content Extent

22mins 26secs

Content Type

two-dimensional moving image

Language Information

Chinese (is language of)

Scope and Content

DVD containing the black & White, separate sound, single-channel video installation 'Lingchi: Echoes of a Historical Photograph' by Chen Chieh-jen. 

Created for the Taipei Biennale 2002, the work was inspired by a photograph by an unknown western photographer in the early 1900s of the execution of a man by Lingchi, also known as ‘death by a thousand cuts’, used in China until it was banned in 1905. The film set the scene of the execution mixed with images of the ruins of historical places, images of workers in electronic industry, and female workers disabled by accidents and occupational diseases in their hostels. It examines the relationships of power between the strong and weak under the dominance of World War I, when the power was first focused on globalisation.

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.


Media Type



computer disc

Encoding Format


Related Content

Related People and Organisations

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

Related Terms

two-dimensional moving images (has content type)
Chinese (is language of)
computer discs (is medium of)
vob (has encoding format)
electronic (has media type)
installations (visual works) (has documentary form)
video art (has documentary form)
motion pictures (visual works) (has documentary form)
Open (has access status)