GB3451/DC/1/8 : Blu-ray 'Realm of Reverberations'

Location(s) in the hierarchy

Chen Chieh-jen Collection



Archival Record



Other Identifiers

DC/1/13 (local reference number)


2014 (was creation date of)

Record Resource Extent

1 Blu-ray (28.2 GB)

Scope and Content

Blu-ray disc containing a black and white Sing-Channel video installation 'Realm of Reverberations' by Chen Chieh-jen. 

The film-based project looks at the history of the Losheng sanatorium, an area in New Taipei City used to confine people with Hansen’s Disease (leprosy), the ongoing struggle to preserve the building by long term residents and the local population from redevelopment. The four-channel video features narratives related to the history of the sanatorium from old residents (tree planters), a young woman who accompanies sanatorium residents (Keeping Company), a hospice nurse who lived in Mainland China during the Cultural Revolution (The Suspended Room), and a fictional political prisoner who travels through Taiwanese history from the Japanese colonial period to the present (Tracing Forward). The characters discuss what they believe will be the inevitable outcome for the building as the artist re-narrates the history of the building, imagining new forms through which a ‘people’s history’ of the building might be told and examining an epic moment of contemporaneity.

Documentary Form Type

visual works ➔ motion pictures (visual works)

Language Information

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

Access and Use

Access status

On site

Representation Type

mediated ➔ digital

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 places

Taiwan, Republic of China ()

Related Terms

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

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