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

Location(s) in the hierarchy

Chen Chieh-jen Collection



Archival Record



Other Identifiers

DC/1/3 (local reference number)


2008-2009 (is coverage date of)

Record Resource Extent

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

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. 

Documentary Form Type

visual works ➔ motion pictures (visual works)

Language Information

Chinese (has or had language) Latin (has script) Han (Traditional variant) (has script)

Access and Use

Access status

On site

Representation Type

mediated ➔ digital ➔ digital video


machine-readable carrier ➔ optical disk ➔ DVD

Media Type

video ➔ vob

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.

Use status

Copyright Restricted

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.

Related Content

Related People and Organisations

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

Related Terms

two-dimensional moving images (has content type)
vob (has media type)
Chinese (has or had language)
Latin (has script)
Han (Traditional variant) (has script)
motion pictures (visual works) (has documentary form type)
digital video (has representation type)
video art (is related to)
DVDs (has carrier type )
Copyright Restricted (has use status)
On site (has access status)

Descriptive Notes

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