Double Ghosts at Chin Pao San 19 August 2018, Chin Pao San cemetery, Taiwan
The outdoor screening at the Chin Sao Pao cemetery will feature the Taiwanese premiere of Double Ghosts a new 35mm film work by George Clark / 喬治 克拉克. Taking place in the original location of Raúl Ruiz’s unfinished film The Comedy of Shadows/影子喜劇, and on the 7th anniversary of his death, the outdoor projection is a tribute to Raúl Ruiz and his phantom film. George Clark’s film was made in Chile and Taiwan and considers the echoes of unrealised projects and political histories responding to the life and work of Raúl Ruiz, the legacy of the short lived socialist Unidad Popular government in Chile and Ruiz’s connections with Taiwan and China. Double Ghosts attempts to use the space of cinema as a site of projection between the past and the present. Drawing on the tradition of ceremonial screenings in Taiwan the special event will be realised in collaboration with a traditional temple projectionist invited to present George Clark’s new 35mm film. The screening will from part of George Clark’s project for the 2018 Taiwan Biennial “Wild Rhizome,” National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
Presented in collaboration with Taipei Contemporary Art Centre, The Other Cinema Collective & Taiwan Biennial.
Special thanks to Chin Pao San for hosting event and Huiying Chen, Yuling Chou and Shih-yu Hsu.
In 1995, Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz flew to Taiwan to film The Comedy of Shadows / 影子喜劇. The film was shot but never finished. The incompleteness of Ruiz’s film is the starting point for Double Ghosts, an new multi-part project by artist and curator George Clark (UK). Double Ghosts considers the echoes of this unrealised project to explore cinematic and political phantoms, from the status and potential of unrealised and fragmented histories to the legacy of Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz (1941-2011) and animist cinematic traditions in Taiwan. While working on his new project George Clark will collaborate with TCAC on series of events that seek to activate these fragments and consider questions of cultural displacement, exile and the changing nature of cinema as the hiatus between the real and the unreal.
George Clark will present Double Ghosts in Taiwan during the final stages of its production as he prepares installation of the project for the 2018 Taiwan Biennale. The project has previously been presented at the Museum of Visual Arts in Santiago Chile in December 2017 and the AV Festival in UK in March 2018. The first event will take place at TCAC and the second will be a site specific screening at the Chin Pao San cemetery, with free transport provided from and returning to TCAC office.
For the first event at TCAC on 8.17, George Clark will give an illustrated talk introducing his project Double Ghosts sharing his research in Chile, Taiwan and Europe exploring Raúl Ruiz’s unfinished film The Comedy of Shadows/ 影子喜劇. Dedicated to the potential and legacy of lost works, the evening will look at how history can be constructed through phantoms and fragments with a rare screening of Raúl Ruiz’s landmark film The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (1979). Originally commissioned for French television as a documentary on philosopher and novelist Pierre Klossowski, Ruiz’s legendary film evolved into a unique speculation on the enigmatic power of images. Deftly blending genres between documentary and fiction, Ruiz’s film creates an elaborate labyrinth in order to trace a lost work by an 19th Century artist whose work is shrouded in mystery and erotic intrigue. Mixing art theory, occult speculation and cinematic games, the brilliant film is filled with clues through which to understand Ruiz’s broader body of work.
Featuring The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting / L’Hypothese du tableau volé (Dir. Raúl Ruiz, France, 1978, 66min)