(flare-s) is an installation made up of a looped animation and worn lifeboats that are illuminated at intervals by spotlights.

Ching-Yuan Chen , (flare-s)

Year: 2013
Medium: Installation – Single channel video with boat sculptures
Dimensions: Variable
Brief biography: b. 1984 Taiwan. Lives and works in Taipei.


(flare-s) is an installation made up of a looped animation and worn lifeboats that are illuminated at intervals by spotlights. The animation shows a night sea where waves constantly sound and wooden boats drift. There are men on the boats who send rescue signals into the night sky. Yet no rescue is received, more and more signals are ignited: single of crisis paradoxically seems to become celebratory fireworks as the boats sink. (Source: Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, CFCCA)

(flare-s) enjoyed a UK Premiere at ArtWork Atelier, Salford,  as part of Harmonious Society, a major exhibition within the Asia Triennale Manchester, 2014. Harmonious Society was curated by the Centre of Chinese Contemporary Art with support from the University of Salford Art Collection.

Ching-Yuan Chen’s works focus on the dilemma of the unstable and feeble perceptions generated when one has to face an uncontrollable and tremendous pressure. Creating artworks through different media, such as painting, video and installation, Chen often uses visual metaphor to articulate the ambiguity and perplexity of national politics and internal reflections of identity.