摩根・歐哈拉行為藝術計畫:週五下班夜

Morgan O'Hara Live Transmission : Friday Night Kitchen

 

時間:2017年4月7、14、21、28日 Date: 7, 14, 21,28 April, 2017

藝術家:摩根・歐哈拉 Artist: Morgan O'Hara

地點:路由藝術 Venue: NUNU FINE ART

這是四場發生在藝廊的行為藝術,原先的展示空間被置換成一間台菜餐廳,廚師、調酒師、外場服務人員、老饕食客與摩根・歐哈拉皆是表演者,共同完成作品《週五下班夜》。

正因為歐哈拉對生命運動所獨有的執著,而讓「日常生活」成為其創作的核心關懷。無論是個體的行為動作、集體的移動軌跡,藝術家都能將它們視為一場正在眼前發生的表演,而藉由兩手裡的石墨鉛筆以格外中性的態度記錄於紙上,成為多段時空壓縮與再展開的過程。

《週五下班夜》計畫發想來自西元1989年夏天一個影響歐哈拉一生的經驗。當年義大利藏家 Cattelani 家族邀請她前往摩德納(Modena),餐廳裡五公尺的長桌成為主人盛情款待的最佳選址,每天晚上都會有許多朋友帶著美酒佳餚至家中共進晚餐。然而,因歐哈拉當時仍不熟稔義大利文(後來她在義大利待了21年),便開始觀察起餐桌上人們誇張的語調與手勢,在經過無數次因語言不便而感到喪氣的夜晚後,歐哈拉決定帶著紙筆到餐桌上,記錄眼前發生的所有動作。席間有人變得不安、說話謹慎起來,也有人完全不受影響,微妙的變化全在歐哈拉筆下的線條被彰顯出來,形成一場移轉生命的行為藝術計畫。

這並非僅是置身事外的觀察。所有身處當下環境的人們時刻牽動著彼此的行為動作,就連歐哈拉自己也不例外。《週五下班夜》便是因此展開,透過再現情境、再現行為本身,反轉空間功能與場所性質,使日常生活場景換身行為藝術的表演舞台。

 

 

 

“Friday Night Kitchen” indicates the four performance art that took place in the gallery. The white-cube space was replaced by a Taiwanese restaurant with the chef, the bartender, the staff, the gluttons, and the artist Morgan O’Hara. All of the participants became the performers of “Live Transmission- Friday Night Kitchen”.

It is O’Hara’s persistence toward lives’ movements that makes the quotidian a core concern of her works. Both individual actions and collective trajectories are regarded as shows that are happening just before her eyes. The works transform in two directions - compressing the time and the space onto the paper and unfolding the lines into a 4-dimension experience – with her graphite pencils in both hands.

“Friday Night Kitchen” originates from O’Hara’s experience in the summer of 1989 that influence her life. In that year, the Cattelani family (Italian collectors) invited her to visit Modena. The family hosted their friends every night with wonderful wine and food on its five-meter long table. However, O’Hara was unfamiliar with Italian that time (She spent 21 years in Italy afterward), then she began to observe the exaggerated intonation and gestures of people she met. After uncountable nights of feeling depressed due to language inconvenience, O’Hara decided to bring her pencils and paper to the dinner, trying to record all the movements happening in front of her. Some people started to feel uneasy and talk cautiously while the others stayed unaffected. All these subtle changes were highlighted in O'Hara's works, forming a behavioral performance program.

This is not just a matter of observation. All the people in this environment affect each other's actions immediately even the artist herself. “Friday Night Kitchen” is therefore the stage where daily performers launch their shows through the ways of representing the context, the actions, and reversing the function and the character of the space.