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

Location(s) in the hierarchy

Chen Chieh-jen Collection



Archival Record



Other Identifiers

DC/1/7 (local reference number)


2002 (was creation date of)

Record Resource Extent

1 DVD (1.31 GB)

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.

Documentary Form Type

visual works ➔ motion pictures (visual works)
visual works ➔ installations(visual work)
visual works ➔ time-based work ➔ video art

Language Information

Chinese (has or had language)

Access and Use

Access status

On site

Representation Type

mediated ➔ digital ➔ digital video


machine-readable carrier ➔ optical disk

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)
optical disks (has carrier type )
vob (has media type)
Chinese (has or had language)
motion pictures (visual works) (has documentary form type)
installations (visual works) (has documentary form type)
video art (has documentary form type)
digital video (has representation type)
Copyright Restricted (has use status)
On site (has access status)

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