“Tak Chun Art Garden”
– Cai Guojie’s solo exhibition
“Conceiving philosophy as a conceptual generation, and art as an emotional generation is to be in the field of mobility, placement, and distribution.”
– Gilles Deleuze
The “Half-Field Project” is an imaginative art project by artist Cai Guojie. Starting from the “Linear Store” implemented in Taipei in 2004, Cai Guojie borrowed the land development and sales model to sell the boundary line between the land sections in the world. It is a borderline that is a mixture between various “spaces of power” and “spaces of consumption”. In the game of selling the borderline, the “Half-Field Project” suggests a solemn concept: the space of power and the jurisdictional boundary.
What is space? What is the space of power? After the French philosopher Henry Lefebvre published “The Production of Space” in the 1970s, the academic understanding of space gradually shifted from ontology to practice, recognizing that in the developed capitalist world, capital ruled our lives with space. There is a “turn to space” that took place: in developed capitalist society, capital is no longer satisfied through profit from producing goods, and space becomes the object of production and the object of reproduction. In the same era of Space Production Theory, the French philosophers Deleuze and Guattali proposed the theory of “Jurisdiction of Space” and “Deterritorialisation.”
“Jurisdiction of Space” and ” Deterritorialisation” are aesthetic concepts proposed by Deleuze and Guattari by means of geography theory, which actually refers to the process of people fleeing from the existing space of desire (Guattari called it De-coding, De-jurisdictionalisation). That is to say, if we understand the present space as the composition of various spaces of power and consumption, and that these spaces rule our lives and control our thoughts, then escaping from the jurisdiction of space becomes a necessary means to get rid of control. Therefore, we can see that with the help of the “Half-Field Project”, Cai Guojie discovered in art practice that there is a boundary between various spaces of power and consumption in real life. This boundary is hidden in the gaps and misplacement of spaces. This boundary has the characteristics of “non-ownership” and “differentiation”. These characteristics make it possible for us to escape from the rule of space. Deleuze called this important way of “Deterritorialisation ” as an “escape line.”
Different from his previous “Half-Field Project”, the artist’s current solo exhibition “Tak Chun Art Garden” in the Macau Art For All Society records and exhibits the continuous re-circulation process after the sale of “a land line” in front of the Tak Chun Macau Art Garden. “Tak Chun Art Garden” is a brand new attempt in the entire “Half-Field Project”. The artist gives up the production control of the work and makes the work flow and spread in nature. As long as humans recognize the exchange of such forms, this project will continue to circulate over time, self-generating, never ending, and is “nomadic” in its nature: the flow of decentralization (de-centering) process and the breeding of aesthetic characteristics. This flowing line in “Tak Chun Art Garden” has become the artist’s determination to resist the structure of the old rule of space, “Deterritorialising” in nomadism, flowing and spreading. This is a new and profound aesthetic attempt.
August 16th, 2019 in Nantong