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To Begin a Discussion

Taipei, September 24, 2012

Bo-Wei Chen in conversation with Hong-Kai Wang, Amy Cheng, and Jeph Lo

Wang: You have been a political activist through music for a long time. Today, I would like to discuss “political

activism” in terms of “collective listening” with you. “Collective listening” stands for “listening together”. It sounds very simple in a literal sense, yet is of rich implications. Firstly, let’s talk about who is the “we” that is together in political activism.

Chen: Generally speaking, within political activism, it is very easy to make statements such as “we want…” and “we demand…” Yet, while everybody speaks about “us” so offhandedly, nobody tries to identify who exactly

“we” are. Amid the soaring passion, “who we are” does not really matter. For the participants, what really matters is who comes out to talk about “us”. Then, s/he would feel that this “we” refers to “me” and such. But this is not true. The idea of “we” has not been properly expounded in the public domain. Who is “we”? Many may deem this question irrelevant, because it is supposed to be self-evident. As a result, when no one wants to examine

it, you would find that many of the topical demands lose their focus. The importance of the question of “who

we are” concerns very much those who are involved. What are their positions in the society? Why is asking this question this important? This is a question regarding actual interests. The interests can be economic, or more

陳柏偉(右一)於〈咱的作工進行曲〉工作坊,攝影:王虹凱 Bo-Wei Chen (first right) leads the recording workshop in Music While We Work on site., photo by Hong-Kai Wang

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「重見/建社會」主題策劃展第七檔:王虹凱的《作曲家書寫了未來,以便留下未來不會留下的印記》,這是她於去年參加威尼斯雙年展台灣館展覽之後,首次在台灣的個展。 The seventh installment of the thematic exhibition Re-envision...

The composer composes the future so that the composition leaves the traces of the future...  

「重見/建社會」主題策劃展第七檔:王虹凱的《作曲家書寫了未來,以便留下未來不會留下的印記》,這是她於去年參加威尼斯雙年展台灣館展覽之後,首次在台灣的個展。 The seventh installment of the thematic exhibition Re-envision...

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