After the end of the earth after thousands of years, what has been left? This idea pops up my mind when I was watching a Discovery Channel’s program about Pompeii; I wonder if volcanic eruption, magma, and pozzolana destroyed the whole world, how the civilization after thousands of years will examine and inspect us? Maybe the people in the future may recognize the catwalk discovered from ruins as an airstrip. Or, would they know that the tiger shark in a glass tank of formaldehyde is actually a pricy artwork in our era? I have set my artwork at the time of thousands of years later after the end of the day. The parrot man who live in a remote planet have received the flight vehicle full of information about Earth of thousands of years ago. Meanwhile, they have discovered Earth, and realized there was civilization before. Therefore, they have sent many parrot researchers travelling through thousands of light-years to investigate Earth During the archaeological excavation, parrot men have discovered many incomprehensible items from their prospective. For example, the white arc in Marcel Duchamp’s famous artwork “Fountain" may be considered popular amusement equipment in Earth then; while Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog” may be regarded by parrot men as the transportation vehicle. Moreover, the artificial satellite landed on Earth may be thought to be the equipment for barbecue.
To create a plot during the creation of my artwork is my method for art transformation. I have set the time at thousands of years from the end of the world, intending to reset all the meaning of symbols that are currently used. The reason to choose parrot men as main characters is because parrots can imitate human beings. In my plot setting, parrots men would imitate human beings’ behaviors in order to research the culture of Earth. For instance, parrot men may imitate models’ motions while doing 25 continuous shootings so that we can see the beautiful and fashionable poses acted by others, which is very interesting and ridiculous. Since the imitation from parrot men is segmental, my setting for parrot men’s research of Earth archaeology is with much misunderstanding and misinterpretation.
In this artwork, the parrot men from remote edge of galaxy, have traveled to Earth light-years way and looked into the possible pattern of Earth thousands of years from now. I want to reopen our visions of thinking toward the possibility of many things by the imagination and assumption from parrot men’s prospective. Besides, from their new interpretation from the archaeology, they can remark things we are numb and aloof with now and highlight the ambiguous modes of contemporary.
text by Teng Yuan Chang