《再會,從此離去》

Farewell! Departing by Now, 1988


台北  Taipei 

1998年,我做了一箭頭型箱子,自訂名稱為「地心號」。尺寸剛好可以讓自己躺進去,裡面擺放了睡袋、鏟子、登山爐、銀鹽相紙的自拍照,以及幾件小型作品。箱子裡還塞了一塊板子,上面寫著:「再會,我已從此離去」。1998年二月九日清晨,我拖著這個象徵著自己的「博物館」或者「棺材」的箱子,深夜從板橋的自宅出發,前往樹林火車站搭乘平快車,預計隔天先到台南市區拍攝,然後再前往目的地:屏東縣三地門鄉的海神宮(黛娥娜神池)。我好奇,海神宮那個圓形的深潭底部,會不會通到地心?

發之後,沿途不斷地舉著「再會,我已從此離去」的牌子,並且發送有著類似訊息的傳單。在順利把箭頭箱子扛上火車,安置在車廂以後,開始補眠。然而,在南下的夜車中,身上的皮包卻被不明人士扒走了。後續的拍攝,只好靠著口袋裡剩下來不多的錢,在台南、彰化等地遊走、拍攝。這個無法抵達終點的斷尾旅程,卻也是當時作為一個年輕的創作者,相當真實的寫照。

In 1998 I made an arrow-shaped box and named it "Geocenter." Its size was just right for me to lie in. There were sleeping bags, shovel, canister stove, photos of myself in silver print, and a few small works in the box. There was also a board in the box, saying: "Goodbye, I have left." In the early morning of February 9, 1998, I dragged this box that symbolized my "museum" or "coffin", and departed from my home in Banqiao late at night to take the local express at Shulin Railway Station. It was expected to shoot videos in Tainan city the next day, and then head to the destination: Ocean God Waterfall (Diana’s Pool) in Sandimen Township, Pingtung County. I was wondering would the bottom of the circular deep Ocean God Waterfall reach the center of the earth?

After setting off, I kept holding up the "Farewell, I have left" signs along the way and sending out leaflets with similar messages. After successfully carrying the arrow-shaped box onto the train and placing it in the car, I started to sleep. However, in the night train heading south, my purse was stolen. For the subsequent shooting, I could only use the little money left in my pocket to travel and film in Tainan, Changhua and other places. This unfinished journey, which never reached the destination, was also quite a true portrayal of being a young artist.

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