One Universe, One God, One Nation (Channel 1)

Author: Chen Yin-Ju

“One Universe, One God, One Nation” seeks to evoke a sense of closure and despair in the face of the inescapable cycles of history. The particular moment evoked here is the age of space exploration in the 1960s, juxtaposed with the forms of imperial, ideological, and totalitarian power existing at that time. The inspiration for the work came from Hannah Arendt’s analysis of space exploration as a form of “world alienation,” and also from the astrological horoscope of Chang Kai-Shek, which predicts his charismatic and authoritarian character. How is it that most modern movements for a better future, and all attempts to break free from the chains of power, ultimately fall prey to their own mythologies? Here we enter the slippery ground between “science” and “collective dream image,” between the knowledge and the fantasy of an epoch. “One Universe, One God, One Nation” is a visual meditation on power, modern forms of totality and totalitarianism, mass mobilization, devotion, the auratic, and the supernatural. It works through the juxtaposition of images taken in outer space with images of war and submission to power.

—Text by Anselm Franke, Taipei Biennial 2012

US & Taiwan
Black & white and color
Three-channel video installation

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Location Code: AV.CYJ.OUO
Language: No dialogue, text in English and Chinese (Traditional)
Year of Publication: 2012