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2023/ Somewhere Beyond Right and Wrong, There is a Garden. I Will Meet You There //// 2018/ Extrastellar Evaluations III : Entropy : 25800 //// 2010/ End Transmission //// 2008/ Transactions //// 2007/ CH3CH2OH //// 2006/ Three Decades of Static //// 2006/ Suprematist Kapital //// 2005/ Total Mobilization


Somewhere Beyond Right and Wrong, There is a Garden. I Will Meet You There

16 min. | HD | 1080p | single channe | stereo | 2023



混音|周震、廖邦儒/震 · 聲音影音平台
檔案聲庫|Freesound/rickaldo09, setunitman,16fpanskalan jiri, pappabert, mayelinorozco, ericnorctross81, timkahn


Poem excerpt from Rumi, A Great Wagon

Voiceover: Astrology Reading - Amber Tang, Malka Xiaoxiao Yan | Cambodia Trip - Ko Kui-Chu
Animation: Chia-Sheng Lin at FREEMANFREERUN
Sound Mixer: Cheng Chou, Bon-Yu Liu at Seismic Sound Lab. Ltd.
Translator: Hūi-hong Claire Âng, Lynn Wilsey
Archival Footage: Internet Archive, NASA Visualization Explorer, ESA/Hubble Images and Videos, Pexels
Archival Sound: rickaldo09, setunitman,16fpanskalan jiri, pappabert, mayelinorozco, ericnorctross81, timkahn at Freesound

Commissioned by the 14th Shanghai Biennale: Cosmos Cinema

Collection: Power Station of Art, Shanghai, CN



文/班 · 伊斯特漢

Taking for inspiration a line by the thirteenth-century Persian poet Rumi, "Somewhere Beyond Right and Wrong, there is a Garden. I Will Meet You There" (2023) is the account of a healing process and a meditation on human suffering. Combining found footage, documentation from the artist’s own travels, and animations of the mythological centaur Chiron (renowned as a healer and prophet), Somewhere Beyond Right and Wrong… asks how spiritual practice can help us to move beyond individual subjectivity to perceive life and death from a cosmic perspective.

Text by Ben Eastham

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Yin-Ju Chen, 陳瀅如, Somewhere Beyond Right and Wrong, There is a Garden. I Will Meet You There, Rumi, A Great Wagon, the 14th Shanghai Biennale: Cosmos Cinema

Yin-Ju Chen, 陳瀅如, Somewhere Beyond Right and Wrong, There is a Garden. I Will Meet You There, Rumi, A Great Wagon, the 14th Shanghai Biennale: Cosmos Cinema如

超星鑑定 III:熵:25800

Extrastellar Evaluations III : Entropy : 25800

17 min| color/ BW | stereo | 1080p HD | 24p|2018

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018

An extravagant film that appears as a message from outer space. A cryptic cocktail of thermodynamic laws, Egyptian gods and extra-stellar intelligence.


End Transmission

By Yin-Ju Chen & James T. Hong
15 min. 40 sec. | HD | black & white | stereo | 2010

40th International Film Festival Rotterdam Tiger Award nominee for short film

End Transmission | Yin-Ju Chen

Strange messages are sent to humanity. They are frightening and poetical at the same time; they report of a takeover and the end of it all. The messages alternate with ominous black-and-white images of lifeless cities under control, frozen industrial landscapes, sterile laboratory machinery and nature in an abandoned state. "We were here before you". "Fear is natural". A final warning: the planet is re-colonized, and human life only seems possible in the protected, artificial and enclosed environment of a large-scale indoor resort. 

Stephen Hawking once wrote, "If aliens ever visit us, the outcome will be much as when Christopher Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans". In this case, who are the colonizers and who are the natives?


7 min 42 sec | HD | Color | Stereo | 2008
YIN-Ju CHEN | international 2008 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

In a sewing workshop, the making of a piece of clothing is filmed in detail while we listen to a phone conversation between a Taiwanese mother and her daughter, the director of this film. The mother spends her days and nights toiling away so she can afford to send her daughter to school in the United States. They are discussing the credit card bill. Not only their physical distance, but especially their emotional one manifests itself in an increasingly emphatic way. Their worlds are light-years away from one another, which leads to miscommunication and lack of understanding.

A talk between two people who love each other is reduced to a business transaction; after all, the language of the dollar is universal. Transactions is about the boundaries of a love that supposedly knows no bounds.




5 min | HD | B&W | Stereo | 2007

Two memories of alcohol abuse -- reconstructed from found sound tracks, and put into a metaphorical image montage. Two women from different generations talk about their life struggles and how they became alcoholics.

Three Decades of Static

4 min | HD | Color | Stereo | No dialogue | 2006

This video work combines both performance and video art. The artist portrays a state of stress -- the stress from self-pressure and the fear of turning 30 years old. Using a unigue architectural structure and video techonology, the artist imagines three decades of herself.



Suprematist Kapital

By Yin-Ju Chen & James T. Hong
5 min | Video | Color | Stereo | No dialogue | 2006

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A symbolic history of Kapital -- a symbolic history of the West. Inspired by Kasimir Malevich's minimalist artworks and the struggles for resources in the age of peak oil, Suprematist Kapital was born of the want to create a visual artwork that could be displayed on many different-sized mediums regardless of resolution, e.g., theater screens, mobile devices, ipod's, etc. When once technology as progress was an end in itself, it became the handmaiden of capitalist accumulation and war, and is now a form of capital itself in the age of peak oil.

Total Mobilization

By Yin-Ju Chen & James T. Hong
8 minutes | color | stereo | MiniDV | 2005-2007

Migration is fact; immigration is destiny.

The disappearance of White America could mean the end of the United States of America as we have known it. The West could be reduced to Europe and few lightly populated overseas European settler countries. Without America, the West becomes a miniscule and declining part of the world’s population on a small and inconsequential peninsula at the extremity of the Eurasian land mass. 
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