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蔡宜婷 Tsai Yi-Ting

Taipei National University of the Arts

Newton’s Second Law of Motion

Newton’s Second Law of Motion is a piece about time and space, and the way we exist in the world. Tsai Yi-Ting uses the abrasive belt as an analogy of the infinite history to express how the world and life within it is executed, how this concentrates emotions and incidents into a constant state, and thus transforms into an unchanged law and principle. Tsai launched the mechanical power series when she was a college student in the sculpture department, which has now developed into the foundations for her artistic expression. She tells stories from her cultural background with a poetic approach, viewing the absolute precision of mechanical movements as an abstract language. This abstract language may convey a living philosophy, even transcending the visual image of the work. She uses mechanical elements both as a creative medium and as a deeper exploration of the meaning of life. Artistic creation makes it possible for machines to be infused with living energy through the rhythm created from the combination of precise components and repetitive mechanical motions.

Artist Statement

If the relation of time and space is endlessly running, we live on this planet simply because of gravity. Time is the force of flow and although we attempt to stop our progress towards old age and nonexistence, we run towards ou future, the passing of time inevitable and unstoppable. We were born within regulations and social norms and have always struggled for and chased something in our lives. The toy car and hex nut are my comparisons to a man-made track; in the process, they would rub, wear out, become taut and become loose. With this work, I have tried to develop a mode of interaction between lives and the world, and hence extract an eternal state of regression. With the motion of the objects and the dynamic change of on-site implementation, they embody my three statements of enquiry and artistic exploration: ‘existence, right here, in this moment’, ‘humans are rational because we are not like machines’, and ‘what reasons are there for humans to move on?’.