HUMAN FABRIC TRILOGY：
THE HAPTICS OF SEEING INSTALLATION
Wang Yung An
Co-creater： Wan-Shan TSAI, Bi-Lian HUNG, Yu-Chen HOU
2018 - 2020
Pastel and crayon on canvas, 41.0 x 31.5 cm*6
Massage table, blanket canvas, text, video
The Human Fabric Trilogy, an interdisciplinary art project by Wang Yung-An, explores the bodily sense of touch, as well as relations of physical and mental stimulation. The artist puts to question socially engaged practices that developed under ocularcentrism. Through learning and practicing the ancient technique of massage, she developed her unique approach that fosters a collaboration of art and science. By putting perception-based research into practice, she allows us to understand the importance of having to re-learn our haptics senses and ability of expression through massage. Her treatments, that focus on sensory stimulus and somatic awareness, are based on cognitive neuroscience researches. Furthermore, this project asks for an awareness of agency and ownership when it comes to one’s physical experience of our surroundings.
The exhibition documents the artist’s collaboration with participants from the Cihfang Care Center in New Taipei City. With this collaboration, the artist also aims to share knowledge and help to further destigmatize the institution of Cihfang as a collective space: The establishment of a temporary artistic practice in Cihfang articulates both a state of service and being served, that includes the artist, Cihfang members, their relatives and social workers. Wang Yung-An created an intimate environment, a professional space for creative practice and artistic exchange. Through deploying massage, the artist triggered the participants’ sharing of memories and expression of otherwise unspeakable emotions. The exhibition documents this process of haptics experience, a process of how being massaged widened the perceptive experience of each individual and opened a space for the participants to express themselves in their own artistic creations.