GB3451/DC/1/1 : 'Empire's Border II'

Location(s) in the hierarchy

Chen Chieh-jen Collection



Archival Record



Other Identifiers

DC/1/1 (local reference number)


2010 (was creation date of)

Record Resource Extent

3 blu-ray discs

Scope and Content

DVDs and blu-rays containing the three screen video installation 'Empire's Borders II' by Chen Chieh-jen. 

Inspired by a number of documents the artist’s late father left behind, the work paints an intriguing picture of a life lived in cold war secrecy. The work takes it’s title from a short-lived CIA front company, Western Enterprises Inc., which operated in Taiwan from 1951 to 1955. Weaving together archival clips and his own footage the video installation compresses the historical, political and social events with a hauntingly imagined encounter with some of the people behind the objects Chen found.

The work was show at the Centre during the 'Empire's Borders II – Western Enterprises Inc' exhibition in 2010. 

Documentary Form Type

visual works ➔ time-based work ➔ video art

Access and Use

Access status

On site

Representation Type

mediated ➔ digital ➔ digital video


machine-readable carrier ➔ optical disk ➔ DVD

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)
digital video (has representation type)
DVDs (has carrier type )
video art (has documentary form type)
Copyright Restricted (has use status)
On site (has access status)

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