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Caecus creaturae.

32’53”  27’37”
Two Channel Sound/Video Installation, color, stereo

Georgo Eberhard Rumphius (1627-1702) is a biologist who was employed by the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century. He designed and built a fortress in Ambon, Indonesia in 1654. He lived in Indonesia for 49 years and died. Rumphius is particularly enthusiastic about plant and shellfish research. His important work "Herbium Amboinense" publishes 1,200 species of plants, including 930 species, which form the biological basis of the Maluku Islands. A large amount of research data left by Rumphius also contributed to Karl indirectly. Carl von Linné's "Binomial Nomenclature" was established in 1753, and even some supporters thought that Linnaeus had stolen his research. This era of great naming has become the beginning of species dataization, and it has evolved into the scientific basis of our understanding of plants and animals. In fact, Rumphius has blinded his eyes at the beginning of his research, but he continues to use imagination to define future.

The film records the islands of Ambon and Banda, which are strongly colonized, emulating the interpretation and linguistics of Rumphius, using the senses of hearing, touch and smell to reproduce the world, and then re-production after interviewing the local experience. The image language, just like the words of GE Rumphius, is also the process of renaming and translating.

32’53”  27’37”

Georgo Eberhard Rumphius (1627-1702) 是一位十七世紀受僱於荷屬東印度公司的生物學家,1654年於印尼安汶島(Ambon)設計跟建造堡壘,就此於印尼長住49年以至離世。Rumphius尤其狂熱於植物與貝類研究,其重要著作《Herbium Amboinense》裡發表的植物高達1,200個物種,包含明確命名930種,奠定了印尼馬魯古群島地區的生物基礎。Rumphius留下的大量研究資料也間接促成了卡爾.林奈(Carl von Linné)在1753年建置的「二名法」,甚至有支持者認為是林奈偷了他的研究。這個大命名的時代成了物種資料化的開端,也演變成現在我們認識動植物的科學基礎,事實上,Rumphius在進行研究的初期就已經雙眼失明,但他仍持續的以想像力定義後來我們認知的世界。

影片記錄下安汶與班達島具有強烈殖民色彩的島嶼,其中模擬Rumphius的詮釋與語言學,使用聽覺、觸覺與嗅覺等感知重現世界,透過訪調當地後的經驗後再重新生產下的影像語言,正如同G.E. Rumphius失明的文字,也同時是重新命名與轉譯的過程。