Performances Of Authenticity
MArch Part II
2021 - 2022
Gabriel Cooper (Voice)
The Formosan Aborigines observe seven solemn times of the year as festivals with great ceremonies.
‘Formosa’ - Some one hundred miles off the southern central coast of China lies an island. Unlike some other islands, this island can boast no long history of continual and progresive civilisation. Instead, this island has been an enigma throughout the centuries.
Circumnavigate the differences
The story of the indigenous communities of Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa, was characterised by stories of miscommunication, misconception, andvagueness regarding the credibility of both colonist witnesses and the facts its tenure illustrated. The Formosan Nuclear sorting facility and the George Psalmanazar imaginative worlds celebrate this notion of the novel travel and the novelty travel of the experience - offering a look into the indigenous system of truths elided by the fictitious world in which the colonial rule imposed. That is the account for an interpretation of the ‘otherness’.
The project unveils indigenous truths of the
island of Formosa (where foreign nuclear material has persistently been buried) through
a series of performative architectures.
Reacting to the fake histories presented to the West by George Psalmanazar in the
1740s, the project is intended to loosen the
‘corset of evidence production’ and create new possibilities, and in turn, construct a
new dialogue that foregrounds the islanders’ heritage and historical truths.
This one is called ‘korouloutaen’ or the seventh feast, At this time of this feast they adorn their arms and heads with white feathers.