The Pivot Point
According to folklore, the intersection of two roads in the town of Linyuan in southern Taiwan is the Pivot Point of the Scissors Curse. The curse was activated circa 1700 by a Taoist master, Lin Ban-Xian, with his dead body buried upside down at the intersection. Two centuries afterward, a statue of Chiang Kai Shek was placed upon the Pivot Point
as a guard. The spread of the unphotographed, unrecorded story has involved image-based practices: various images created or sequenced by folklore enthusiasts, novice art students and TV companies. The circulation of these vernacular images inspired me to appropriate and develop them into a complex 3D simulation.
Zong Jhan Li, born in Taiwan, is engaged in fiction-based practices bridging still imagery, animation and film. Li explores the mechanics of certain narrative structures, their potential of creating realities that compete with the singular, original, authentic and authoritative reality.