Knotted Water Sizzled Tongue by Tzu-Huan Lin – Online exhibition with Platform Asia

Jan - Feb 2022 • Online

Languages are shapes that have fallen out of our mouths. A story about the attempt to make perfect pronunciation for immigrants.


Exhibition dates: 24 Jan – 11 Feb 22, online – opening at 11 am on 24 Jan.

Platform Asia presents Knotted Water Sizzled Tongue 形聲, a new film by Tzu-Huan Lin, in collaboration with videoclub.

Inspired by the Chinese mythical character of Candjie, Knotted Water Sizzled Tongue traces the learning experience of foreign languages as immigrants. Reflecting on our ability to mimic and speak non-native languages, to the falling of Pixiu, an ancient Chinese mythical creature, from heaven. The work discusses the authenticity of displaced identities and languages, and the embracing of acceptance.

The work will show for the first time in the UK on Platform Asia’s website between 24 Jan – 11 Feb. Having been shortlisted for the 2021 Taipei Art Awards, this programme will run parallel with an exhibition of the work at Taipei Fine Arts Museum till 20 March 2022.

Click here to read about the Taipei Art Awards and exhibition in Taipei.

Supported by Arts Council England. With additional support from British Council Connection through Culture Grants and National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan.

About the artist

Tzu-Huan Lin is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. An alumnus of the Pratt Institute, Lin’s art primarily focuses on narrative film and immersive installation, exploring different facets of art and issues about the digital age by working with issues that deal with various occurrences. Mythology, history, scientific theories, pseudo-documentary films, and experimental films are some contents dealt with in Lin’s artworks and also the approaches he employs. Through his interpretations of certain issues, he uses diverging narratives to dive into the themes being examined and to shape the artworks created. He also creates spatial installations to enhance the way the audience experiences his way of seeing the world.

林子桓生活與創作於紐約布魯克林。畢業於普瑞特藝術院(Pratt Institute)。創作形式主要以敘事性的影片與沉浸式的空間裝置為主,議題以結合不相同的事件探索藝術不同的樣貌與數位時代的問題。作品內容與方法涉及神話、歷史、科學理論、偽紀錄片以及實驗片等,將議題自我詮釋後以發散的敘事方式漸漸切入主題形塑出作品,另也透過空間裝置強化觀者去感受作者在作品中的的世界觀。作品曾於奧胡斯現代美術館(ARoS Museum)「2021 Flux at ARoS」中放映,近期也參與2020台北數位藝術節「愛情數據」(01_Love)、第六屆台灣國際錄像藝術展「離線瀏覽」(2018,Offline Browser)、第14屆雅典數位藝術節(2018,ADAF);舉辦過的個展有關渡美術館「假想圖集與旅行者(2020,Hypothesis Atlas and Voyager)」、臺北市立美術館「銜尾蛇」(2017,The Yellow Snake Is Waiting)等。