PROJECT DESCRIPTION 中文

On the day of the Moon Festival, September 22, 2010, artist Lee Mingwei, in collaboration with the Museum of Chinese in America will send off one hundred notebooks into the world. Inspired by the epic journey of Chinese to America, each book is a Traveler who leaves the MOCA "home village" to embark on a journey of its own.

Each person who receives a book is asked write a personal story about "leaving home" during some point in his/her life…

Did you have a call to adventure?

Did you leave willingly?

Did you overcome setbacks?

…And then pass it on to someone else to continue the chain of stories. Travelers are asked to sign on to the project website, and enter their geographical location and photos of their journey. Each traveler helps to create a map of journeys across the country, and perhaps, around the world.

The last writer is asked to send the book back to MOCA by (no later than) the next Moon Festival, a day when Chinese people traditionally return home, on September 12, 2011.

What kinds of stories will they be filled with on their return?

Each book, transformed and filled with stories from its year-long journey, will become the centerpiece of an artist installation by Lee Mingwei at MOCA in November 2011.

Supporters:

The Travelers is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The project is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties. It is also supported by the generosity of museum members.

Site Production by the Longitude and Muse Games

About the Artist

Born in Taiwan and currently living in New York City, Lee Mingwei creates both participatory installations, where strangers can explore issues of trust, intimacy, and self-awareness on their own, and one-on-one events, where visitors explore these issues with the artist himself through eating, sleeping, walking and conversation. Lee’s projects are often open-ended scenarios for everyday interaction, and take on different forms depending on the participants. Time is central to this process, as Lee’s installations often change during the course of an exhibition.

Mr Lee received an MFA from Yale University in 1997, has had solo exhibitions internationally including Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Fabric Workshop and Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has been featured in biennials in Venice, Lyon, Liverpool (2006, 2010), Taipei, Echigo-Tsumari, the Whitney Biennial, and at the Asia Pacific Triennial. He is represented by Lombard Freid Project, New York.

www.leemingwei.com
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旅人.札记

你曾因听见心中冒险的召唤,

决心离家踏上旅程,前往未知之地吗?

而今,你仍惶然与不安或已释怀......

2010年9月22日中秋节,一百本《旅人‧札記》将自「美国华人博物馆(MOCA)」出发到世界各地。如同曾长途跋涉迁移至美国的华人,每本札记就像是一位旅人,挥别美国华人博物馆这个「家」,开启它们自己的旅程。

我们邀请收到这本札记的人,写下自己人生中任一阶段关于「离家」的经验。然后把它传递给另一个人,持续书写着这样的故事。我们请旅人们登录本计划网站,输入自己所在的地理位置并上传旅程中的照片。每个《旅人》都在帮助我们绘制这个环美、甚至环球旅程的地图

最后一个《旅人》札记的书写者,请在下个中秋佳节前(2011年9月12日),将札记寄回「美国华人博物馆」,让它回家和其它一样写满了故事的札记团圆。

曾随旅人游走天涯的札记,会承载了什么样的时空片断与内在絮语呢?艺术家李明维将以此为素材创作装置艺术,于2011年11月起在「美国华人博物馆」展出。

關於藝術家

过去十年来,李明维一直从事观念装置艺术的创作,作品往往仰赖艺术家与观者间的私密互动交流。透过具有自主交流机会的艺术项目,他持续关注信赖与自我意识等议题。在这些项目中,他试图测试转变性经验所发生之时间和地点的极限,他更纤细地取材日常活动,将之塑造成能够提供发现和自我更新机会的经验。

李明维出生于台湾,目前居住于纽约和加州伯克莱之间。作品在美国和国际多处展出,包括史密森尼亚瑟 M. 沙可乐美术馆、纽约当代艺术博物馆、洛杉矶县美术馆、惠特尼美国艺术博物馆、费城织品工房博物馆、台北当代艺术馆、伦敦阿尔滨画廊、里昂双年展和泰特利物浦美术馆与利物浦双年展等。

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