時間：2016/9/23 Fri 7:00 pm
演出者：吳其育 、沈森森、致穎、Umi Sugiharti
Sound Route: Songs of SPECX “The Sining”
2016, 9, 23 FRI 19:00
Brilliant Time bookstore
Wu Chi-Yu, Shen Sum-Sum, Musquiqui Chihying, Umi Sugiharti
*Reservations are required for this free public event.
By virtue of oral history and musical sound collection, Sound Route aims to reflect on both the modality of contemporaneity and the political relations among different regions that have been shaped by transnational trade and globalization since the colonial period. The three artists treat the historical memory of Formosa as their point of departure. Nevertheless, they expect the project to be a comprehensive, multi-thread survey on the early modern history of East Asia, thereby highlighting the synchronicity of the historical development of different areas and the diversity of post-modern qualities.
The work Songs of SPECX features Saartje Specx (1617–1636), a historical figure involved in litigation under the Dutch colonial rule, whose experiences serve as an axis on which the early modern history of trade among Japan, Indonesia and Taiwan spun. Saartje Specx was the natural daughter by a Dutch merchant and a Japanese woman. Following its strict policy of excluding foreigners, the Dutch East India Company forcibly deported these natural children to Batavia (now Jakarta), Indonesia where they were rounded up for control. While there, Saartje was embroiled in a major scandal which left her with no choice but to string along evangelical minister George Candidius to preach in Taiwan. Her mixed blood and forced migration not only represent the microcosm of the colonial history of an island, but also epitomize thousands upon thousands ciphers of her time controlled by the whims of a cruel fate. Against that general background, records on cases similar to Saartje’s have been available in Japan and Taiwan where they have even been adapted for song lyrics. By construing pop music as musical interpretations of oral history and employing sounds and melodies as abstract media, Sound Route: Song of SPECX, which consists of three parts, “The Song”, “The Singing”, and “The Broadcast”, tries to deconstruct and compare the stories and migration routes of these ladies, thereby scraping together an alternative time axis and route map according to which the project chronicles the evolution of capitalism in early modern East Asia.