The Pivot Point

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Johnny

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I am Julius Li Zong-Jhan, engaged in moving image narrative. I melt and mould singular selves into multiple authenticities, creating realities that compete with the monolithic reality.

Transforming to an attentive listener when working on digital design, I craft branding graphics that amplify the resonance between the clients' voice and their products/ services.

Artist CV

Education

2017-2018
MA Photography Arts with Distinction, University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom

2012-2016
BFA Fine Art, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

Exhibitions

2019  Toulouse, France
The Pivot Point was part of Recontre Traverse Vidéo on the theme of Experimental {research/art},  screened in the programme of Les Curiosités at Cinémathèque de Toulouse, and exhibited in the programme of Recontres at Lycée Ozenne.

2018  ONCA Gallery, Brighton, United Kingdom
The Pivot Point was part of Brighton Photo Fringe in the section of Open 18 Moving Image.

2018  Ambika P3, London, United Kingdom
The Pivot Point was part of Probable Lies, one of the joint MA Photography degree show (University of Westminster).

2016  New Taipei City, Taiwan
Body-Boat Project: Let’s Build a Boat and Row Us Out! was a group project conducted on the occasion of the BFA degree show (Taipei National University of the Arts).

2016  8 & 1/2 Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan
From 8 to 8 & 1/2 was exhibited in Visual Cortex, a duo exhibition with Tsai Tsung Hsun.

Awards

2017  Saint-Raphaël, France
Riddles from Inferno was officially selected in AVIFF art film festival.

2015  Taipei, Taiwan
Johnny was awarded Gold Prize in LEXUS Short Film Taiwan.

Sponsorships

2018  Kaohsiung, Taiwan
The Pivot Point was sponsored by Donglin Fude Temple 東林福德廟 for the exhibition expense in Probable Lies (London, 2018).

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The Pivot Point

In the town of Linyuan in southern Taiwan, two roads intersect to form a massive pair of scissors. The intersection is called the Pivot Point and believed as the birthplace of a curse. According to folklore, Lin Ban-xian, a Taoist master from the Chinese mainland, settled in Linyuan around the 18th century. To reward the meals offered by the locals, Lin offered a solution against drought with a unique method that was however exhausting to the locals—Lin pushed the locals into running in order to extract the groundwater. The Taoist master was snubbed in his twilight years and thus spreading a malicious dying wish. His last words deceived the locals into burying his dead body upside down at the Pivot Point. This is said to have activated the Scissors Curse that brings misfortune to locals while blessing immigrants.

25th October 1945, on which Chiang Kai-shek government officially took over Taiwan, marked the island’s return to its motherland. The date became Liberation Day to be celebrated along with National Sports Day, in which the racing competitions were mostly won by the Taiwanese as they had been the majority of the runners. Today, a bronze statue of Chiang Kai-Shek stands upon the Pivot Point, echoing on the individual level beyond the myth.

The tale is developed into CGI with figures and props referring to existing images. Lin and Chiang are both self-portraitised. They breathe my voice that mimics their languages and tones, which come from a drama episode about the Scissors Curse and an archived speech of Chiang Kai-shek.

While the village of Linyuan has been expanding as a satellite town, the circulation of the tale remains active. Thus, the curse from the Pivot Point has been narrated against a background of tension between early settlers and latecomers, both of whom were mostly ethnic Chinese.

The conflicts between the two groups of dwellers have been ostensibly dissolved. The tale became like a story the locals tell to scare themselves—for the sake of the collective memory of the town. However, the tale illustrates the suffering of local residents, subtly lingering among grassroots ideologies. In response to that, the stares from the characters manifest both the incompetence and the refusal against the dominance of political consumption.

Related Pages

Nantian Fude God

a design project dedicated to the sponsor of The Pivot Point 's June 2018 exhibition expense

Traverse Online Catalog

a introductory text written on the occasion of Traverse Vidéo's 2019 edition in which The Pivot Point was showcased