Like a Urinal in a Nightclub (像是一個夜店的小便斗)@TCAC
24 Feb 2018 - 11 March 2018 @ Taipei Contemporary Art Center(台北當代藝術中心), Taipei, Taiwan




“You came and went. Here I was, taking in your silence and your chatter. Names were exchanged, titles never mentioned again. I thought about what you just consumed and what you were letting out, some golden liquid turning into another. You were like a filter, matters passed through you and became a part of you. I am but an ingredient interpreter, your secrets are safe with me. It would just be like confiding to a treehole – we all know that treeholes stay silent.”

— Note on the wall in a restroom of a Taipei nightclub


Like a Urinal in a Nightclub is commissioned by Taipei Contemporary Art Center (TCAC) as a part of its 2018 program, 2 Weeks. By collaborating with artists, curators, writers, stage directors, and a variety of creative practitioners, 2 Weeks attempts to reimagine space as a medium and a proxy for generating uncertainty, scenes, and timeline.

An imaginary urinal in a nightclub functions as a point of metaphorical departure in Like a Urinal in a Nightclub. It is a mechanism for receiving, analyzing, and producing substances, an object alluding to organs and living beings. The preface to the project describes a certain “golden liquid turning into another.” This process directly illustrates a clubber’s cyclical drinking-urinating behavior, but more importantly suggests the presence of a vehicle for transformation – the human body. Such a vehicle becomes a “filter” and a metaphorical facilitator for material transformation, within which lies lost and obscure information waiting to be examined by the artist.

Materials and meanings progress and mutate constantly in Like a Urinal in a Nightclub. The main piece Water, Malt, Hop, Rice, Yeast takes up the entire space of TCAC, where a surrogate fluid made from ingredients found in beer coats the gallery floor, creating a sticky sensation that incites a particular bodily experience of clubbing when walked upon. Instead of harvesting meaning from accumulating and manipulating found objects, this piece unpacks and alienates everyday items through processes of deconstruction. It complicates our understanding of objects and materials in attempts to imagine new material languages and ways of perception.

Color is a key component to this project. Phenolphthalein and pH indicators are applied to surfaces treated with acidic and alkaline substances to cause color change. Beverages that could tint the color of urine are served during the opening, soliciting a collection of urine samples from the audience that could then be displayed chromatically on a designated shelf in the gallery. These color variations serve as a form of index in this experiment.


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「你匆匆來去,我蹲在那,聽你們沈默或交談,自陶或社交,相互介紹過名字,今後便不再往來。我分析著你吃了與喝了什麼,從一種金黃色液體變成另外一種金黃色液體,你像是顆濾心,物質穿越過你便成為你的一部份,而我負責解讀成分,你的秘密和我一起很安全,像是對一個樹洞講話一樣,大家都知道樹洞是不說話的啊。」

──台北某間夜店廁所牆上的留言



〈像是一個夜店的小便斗〉這個計畫為台北當代藝術中心(TCAC)委託製作,隸屬於其2018年度計畫《2 Weeks異度空間》。這個計畫邀請藝術家、策展人、作家與劇場導演等不同領域的創作者,以空間做為最主要的媒介,重新想像不確定性(uncertainty)、場景(the scene)與時間軸(timeline)於藝術實踐中的意義與可能性。

在〈像是一個夜店的小便斗〉中,羅智信以一個「在夜店裡的小便斗」作為想像與隱喻的出發,將之比喻為一個接受、分析與產出的物件或機制,甚至讓人聯想到器官與活物。在計畫的引言中提到:「從一種金黃色液體變成另外一種金黃色液體」,表面上講的是酒吧裡的人們不停喝酒與上廁所的行為,但對於藝術家來說,更重要的是那個轉換的中介,也就是人的身體,藝術家將之比喻作「濾芯」,隱喻物質轉換流動的過程,並試圖解析當中攜帶與遺失的訊息。

物質與意義上的轉換在計畫中反覆的發生。展覽現場擺放著藝術家自己釀造的啤酒,而最主要的作品《水、麥芽、啤酒花、米、酵母》是一件涵蓋整個TCAC空間的作品,羅智信以和啤酒完全相同的成分,製作成溶液再將之塗抹於地面上,當人們走進時,鞋底沾黏的觸感可能會喚起走在夜店裡的空間與身體經驗。這件作品有別於藝術家過去利用現成物堆疊意義的手法,而以一個完全相反的途徑去對物質進行解構,這通過想像的拆解過程陌生化我們原本熟悉的日常物,挑戰了我們對物件/物質既定的認知,意圖探索新的物質語言與可能的感知途徑。

色彩也是貫穿整個計畫中的重要元素。在這計畫中,藝術家利用酸鹼物質與藥劑,混合了酚酞與PH指示劑來進行化學成色。在開幕派對上,現場也提供了各式能夠將尿液染色的飲料,並依照色彩漸層將搜集來的尿液排列於架上。在他的自述裡頭,他將那些顏色描述為:「實驗進程的顯影與識別」。


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