Wu Chi-Yu 吳其育 » The Epoch of Other Things | August 2022

The Epoch of Other Things | August 2022



The Epoch of Other Things: Wu Chi-Yu Solo Exhibition

Period|2022.08.27 – 2022.10.22

Opening|2022. 08.27 (Sat.) 4:30 p.m.

VenueTKG+ (B1F, No.15, Ln. 548, Ruiguang Rd., Neihu Dist., Taipei 114, Taiwan)


About the exhibition

Other things are markers of time, they are an existing method for the collective cognition of narrative production.


As interpreters of the world, human beings narrate their relationship with the ecology, with other things, and with their imagined ancestors. They believe that all existing events and objects must be interconnected. Through their discoveries and interpretations, they knit together events and objects into a web that simultaneously reveals the temporal-spatial phase and the significance of their existence. However, this existence is not a thing of the past but the present state of the ecology. It is preserved in reality through small apertures in time. They take shape or disintegrate according to the frequency of these apertures.


Apertures in the ecology provide a means for observing other things: rays of light pass through spaces between leaves, then scatter on the ground. The imagery this creates is not of the sun in that specific moment, nor is it time that has since passed; it is a temporospatial perception of light emitted by a star, projected through leaves onto the ground, then reflected onto the retina. The expansive forest is like a thin membrane on the path of this light that originated from the universe. This aperture in the forest is a passage to the world, connecting the Earth’s surface with the star in the Universe. Using this concept, human beings have designed various apertures through which to interpret the world. These interpretive technologies are not human inventions, but have been discovered from within existing time. Interpretations within this segment of block time that illuminates the Earth and the retina have already been weathered at the time of conception. The past that they point to simultaneously exist in the present and in the future.


Passages within the network are methods for observing other things. Signals are refracted according to temporal frequencies upon countless interfaces, to produce a world through forests of silicon wafers created by human beings. The appearance of the apertures interprets the existing stereoscopic visual sense of organisms: from the space between the two eyes, to the standardized screen dimensions. These signals are human interpretations of the world. This world was in existence at the time of transmission, and is connected to all that existed before the signal was transmitted. Other things are connected through the network on the Earth’s surface, but the present moment seen within the interface is neither the world nor the shimmering frequency, but a synchronic universe formed between the end-to-end signal transmission and the iterations of system maintenance. Interpretation is formed before objects are linked. What exists is an alternate name for the interpretation of images within time that serves as a technology for creating the world. The interpretive content preexists the world.


The forests have vanished; the network is iterative. We sample the traces of other things in an enclosed space, entering into a world entombed beneath the Earth’s strata. Humans assume the records of time are preserved within Earth’s strata, but the strata are not a warehouse for cumulative time; they are instead a place of ecological exchange.  In an epoch of other things, there is no temporal flow recognizable to human beings, but the connections between matter have never ceased.




A Brief History of Voice-over, Sound installation, 27’06”, 2022
collaborated with Voice Actor Chen Yen-Chun and Sound Design Feng Chih-Ming


A Brief History of Voice-over is an audio work in the form of a podcast which interprets the videos in the environment with guided tours and interviews. In this episode, my long-time collaborator, voice actor Chen Yen-Chun, is invited to speculate the meaning of interpretation in a time and space where no visual images have ever existed. In the interview, the narrator himself talks about how he delivers dubbing services and the current state of Taiwan’s dubbing in the film and animation industry. This audio work speculates the evolution of voice-over, forming an alternative version of video narrative in the exhibition.



Settler’ Guide 1-4, Multi-channel video,Full HD, Dimensions variable, 2022



Settler’ Guide 1-4, Multi-channel video,Full HD, Dimensions variable, 2022


Settlers’ Guide is an ongoing research project which focuses on the impact of human settlement and migration on ecology and the exchange between human’s image production and ecology. It approaches and interprets ecology with several set variables. Since the use of camphor, a substance for film production, human beings have been producing images with natural resources and using camphor forests as a medium to redefine the exploited and reformed ecology so as to create a narrative to rationalize their settlement. This project unfolds East Asia’s economic history and natural resources cultivation narratives, illustrating the state of different species and their linkage to ecology with non-linear timelines.




The Epoch of Other Things, Exhibition view.

The Epoch of Other Things, Exhibition view.



Sandbox Histories, Randomized algorithm, Ink, drawing paper, 21 x 29.7 cm, 2021-2022


The work is a combination of historical events generated by random functions from the timeline of human and biological migrations in East Asia. Through the robotic arm, a different alternative historical puzzle is drawn every day, and the relationship between the events is presented iconically, forming a series of multiple historical associations.



The LED Future, Multi-channel video installation, 4K, 6.1 channel sound, 17’06”, 2020