Receding Triangular Square (RTS) is the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between the artist and filmmaker Virlani Hallberg and the art critic and psychotherapist Leon Tan. Commissioned originally for the Taipei Biennale 2012, the project used the mediums of conversation and moving-image to ’analyze’ colonisation and decolonisation, psychosocial trauma and repression, and potentials for constructing new assemblages of enunciation in Taiwan (Republic of China). Through an unsettling arrangement of sound, voice and moving images derived from on location interviews and footage, the single-channel video installation invites audiences to explore Chinese and Aboriginal (indigenous Taiwanese) philosophies and practices of healing as well as the dominant (’official’) Euro-American mental health paradigm, and to relate these to the larger social and historical framework of Taiwan’s development as a modern and post-colonial state.
Exhibited in Taipei Biennale (2012), Galleri Riis Stockholm (2013), 1335Mabini Manila (2013) and San Francisco Asia Contemporary Arts Week (2013). First edition acquired by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.