Chapter One: Historical Events of That Year
25 Years Ago the Night｜Video｜14min46sec｜2015
I discovered very interesting historical records telling a story, which happened in Taipei’s Shulin district in 1990. Owing to the person who was filming at that time and by means of archeological methods, I was able to find an archived video reflecting a 25 years old story from the perspective of a video maker who was also a victim. The story was recorded by a cheap portable filmmaking device. The narration in this visual documentation is very clear, yet video maker has also added some textual descriptions. I think I should cite them below for a better explanation of the research. What makes me very surprised about human nature is that people can live around a ticking-bomb and to be invalid to confront it. I believe that being a robot sometimes is not necessarily a bad thing.
Only the fissured fragments of the events have remained, but the oral accounts and the memories of various people can help to fill in the cracks. Retrospectively looking back at the late-night escape, which took place twenty years ago, the question ‘why did it happen’ comes to the foreground. Until now, there have been many broken bits of evidence that benefit to unraveling a mystery of the incident. Even though the information I have is from official sources, but the field research and visits will aid us toward understanding.
Sometimes people have to go through some strange experiences when they are facing intense violent attacks. The body goes out of control or it even loses its form, we have to fully accept the present situation and acquisitions that ought to become paradoxical under a social disorder.
We try to create a seemingly safe world at the edge of the border situated at a landscape that seems to be secured. But what really happened was a deadly fire caused by a gas leak in a densely populated industrial area, which triggered a tumult in the middle of the night.
I try to piece back the history with my fragmented memories from that night to illustrate the disaster, to portray the people who have experienced it, and to comfort not only the victims of this incident but also those who were able to escape.