“光谱-夜之皇室芭蕾” 三个影像的创作源于姚清妹对现存于卢浮宫的路易十四的官方肖像（雅兴特·里戈作，1701） 及其展示环境的的研究。 路易十四曾以宫廷芭蕾作为政治宣传的工具，在《夜之皇室芭蕾》中诠释了“太阳王”的意义，重申了“朕即国家”的君主专制。光谱 —“spectrum” 这个词在拉丁语中又有图像和幽灵的意思。
Spectre Solaire: Ballet de la Nuit
Three-chanel video, 2017
The three videos in the work stem from Yao Qingmei’s research on Portrait of Louis XIV (Hyacinthe Rigaud, 1701) in the Louvre Museum and the display environment of this ‘official portrait’ of the king. The Latin etymology of the word ‘spectrum’ evokes an image as an apparition – drawing focus on the origins of ballet, which originally was used as a political instrument in the court of Louis XIV, as well as drawing attention to how the monarch consolidated his imperial autocratic power.
《 光谱—前言 》 中，艺术家本人饰演“科学家”，以十分严谨认真的態度，诙谐分析了路易十四－太阳王。文本的上下段通过词语和语义“强行”连接，构成了看似逻辑的逻辑。而其中影像亦干扰并丰富了文本的内容。
In Spectre Solaire: Preface, the scientist performed by the artist makes a serious analysis of the ‘Sun King’. The text is ‘forced’ together through words and their meanings, constructing a seemingly logical absurdity.
In Spectre Solaire: Ballet de la Nuit I, the choreography featured in the work is inspired by classical dance positions of the Royal Ballet, which combine together with gestures used by tourists to take photographs. The ballet dancer both observes and records through a dance, a portrait of Louis XIV displayed in the Louvre Museum. The image captures the moving dancer as she films the space on video, but also depicts at the same time the video taken from the camera controlled by the dancer, contrasting these two different perspectives together.
In Spectre Solaire: Ballet de la Nuit II, an opera singer performs an ‘exhibition guide tour’ in the form of a baroque-style aria. The performer is at the same time both solemn and comical like a character from the Royal Court. The spoken exhibition text comprises an analysis of the political symbolism and also introduces elements of intervention into the display room of the ‘Sun King’. The moving-image switches between reality and a theatrical space – viewed from the perspective of an observer, which follows the tour guide as they enter into the interior of a staged setting.
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