Luo Jr-shin
participates the group exhibition “In Terms of Sport” at “New Taipei City Art Museum”

2024-07-05 — 2024-11-17


Location: Creative Cluster, New Taipei City Art Museum
Curator: Tsou Ting
Artists: Gabriella Angotti-Jones / Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca / Amol K. Patil / Sayun Chang / Hayahisa Tomiyasu / Yang Chi Chuan / Luo Jr -shin / Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi


About Luo Jr-shin’s work Look at Me Grooving
”Watch me dance, watch me perform; I become the ball, or the ball on me becomes myself. I soar over crowds or dance alone, whether bathed in light or hidden in shadowed corners. I may not be your favorite dancer, but I persist in my movement. I dance until I am worn, dance until I break apart, dance until my batteries deplete, dance until I turn to dust.”
Parts of the body closest to a ”sphere” or directly named ”balls” such as eyeballs, breasts, and testicles, are chosen and crafted into a mechanical installation, rolling randomly in space along a predetermined path. Originally individual dancers (athletes) now form a harmonious whole—this can be seen as the perfect linkage on stage or sports field, or from a micro perspective, imagining how independent units constitute a collective body.


Luo Jr-shin, Look at Me Grooving, 2024, Kinetic installation, mixed media, programming, control system

Mechanical Design: Cheng Hsien-yu, Chung Chiu-hung
Lighting Programming: Wu Yi-lian, Hong Yang-che, Cheng Jen-hsiang


About the exhibition
When we talk about sports, what do we talk about? What do we truly observe when we watch sports? Do moments of physical activity in daily life—spanning recreation, workout, and athletics—entail experiences that revolve not really around movement? Coinciding with the 2024 Paris Olympics, the New Taipei City Art Museum, adjacent to the Yingge Civil Sports Center, is presenting “In Terms of Sport,” an exhibition that integrates indoor (playgrounds, stadiums) and outdoor (cities, streets) sports. This thematic exhibition aims to dismantle and challenge contemporary society’s mainstream perceptions of “sports.”

Starting from the everyday moment in sports, “In Terms of Sport” invites the public to visit the Creative Cluster of the New Taipei City Art Museum and experience the multiple narratives surrounding sports. Here, we will explore unconventional sports venues, read stories of sports in Taiwan, encounter the impeccable and invisible national team in Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi’s works, witness the rotational movement in Luo Jr-shin’s Look at Me Grooving and Yang Chi-chuan’s “Just Playing a Game,” step into the dynamic soundscape of Taiwan’s mountains and forests by Sayun Chang, move forward amidst the laborers’ song by Amol K. Patil, dance to Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca’s SWINGUERRA from the Brazilian streets, and gaze at the California’s ocean in Gabriella Angotti-Jones’s I Just Wanna Surf. These exhibition narratives weave together identity, colonial history, political dynamics, and social issues, offering an alternative routine of sports as well as a different kind of physical education class at the museum.


Credit: New Taipei City Art Museum


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