Super Taboo
超級禁忌

duo channel video installation, color/ sound, 18’30”, 2015

duo channel video installation, color/ sound, 18’30”, 2015

Adapted from historical texts, the narrative in the two-channel video artwork Super Taboo came from a pornographic publication, which was previously known as “a small book” (xiaoben), with the same title. In addition to illegal copies of pornographic photos from Japan and Western countries, the undisguised description of erotic scenes is now a mesmerizing vernacular Chinese literature. In this video, the renowned actor Chin Shih-Chieh guides the viewers into a surreal erotic scene by playing the role of an urban white-collar worker who mutters the plots of the “small book” in his hands. 

Through the work Super Taboo, Su Hui-Yu leads us back to the 1980s when he was an adolescent in Taiwan. Pornographic content was then edged to the periphery of the audio-visual system and merely tolerated by late night shows, secret rooms in video rental shops, or inconspicuous corners in bookstores. However, banned pornographic content tended to put greater erogenous temptation in our way than that freely accessible to us did. Pornographic content holds its allure at the expense of being salacious, nasty, and immoral. Su’s fascination with this subject matter is reminiscent of Georges Bataille who was interested not so much in the pleasures of the flesh but what is classified as ‘dirty’. Physically pleasant sensation seems to be perilous and ergo requires the endorsement by the transcendental love or a social context as the foundation. As shown in the vintage pornography displayed in this exhibition, the pink fellatio image is accompanied by the true confession: “we are fellows who suffer in the society where people are snobbish and indulgent in unbridled desires, which is why we should feel mutual sympathy and take care of one another.”

《超級禁忌》的敘事源自一本早年俗稱「小本」的黃色刊物,內容除了來自歐美、日本的盜版色情圖片,露骨的性愛描寫卻是如今讀來頗有韻味的白話文學體。由金士傑飾演的都會白領階級男性,在荒郊野外喃喃唸著書中情節,帶領我們逐步進入超現實的情慾場景。做為錄像裝置,《超級禁忌》一作企圖以重構/歪讀/幻想的策略帶領我們回到藝術家青少年時期的1980年代台灣。那時色情被推擠到視聽體制的邊緣,僅見容於深夜節目、午夜場、錄影帶出租店的小房間或書店裡最後一排書櫃。然而,被禁制的色情刊物永遠比敞開著的更性感,色情因為被視為下流、齷齪、敗德才換得吸引力。藝術家對此的興趣讓人想起巴岱耶(Georges Bataille)──對肉體快感興趣缺缺,只對被視為骯髒的東西有興趣。在《超級禁忌》裡,藝術家行走在這樣的稜線上,對禁忌的大眾文化產物進行一系列歪斜的閱讀,展示那個年代充滿曖昧的雙重性──高與低、主流與地下、端莊與清涼。純粹的快感彷彿是危險的,必須以先驗的愛來背書,或有社會情境為襯底,就像藝術家展示的色情古本中,粉紅色的口交影像佐以情感真摯的告白:「我們是同病相憐同在這個人慾橫流,勢利的社會生活,我們應該互相愛護才好呢!」