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Surgery of Muse: Implant, 2019, single channel video, 7 min 43 sec. Courtesy of the artist.



Surgery of Muse: Implant, 2019, single channel video, 7 min 43 sec. Courtesy of the artist.



Surgery of Muse: Implant, 2019, image and installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.



Surgery of Muse: Implant, 2019, Image and installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.



Surgery of Muse: Implant, 2019, image and installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.



Surgery of Muse: Implant, 2019, image and installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.




CHANG Chen-Shen

The Fourth Genre: Laboratory/Operating Room/Specimen Room



Just as Mary Shelley stated in Frankenstein, the monster pieced together by body parts reminds us that our identity and ideologies are also pieced together.

Frankenstein is a warning against creating and abandoning monsters. We have the power to create as well as the power to destruct. We all possess the monster’s fury and destructiveness; it all depends on how we choose to use these qualities.

Transplanting hair onto pig heads creates pain and absurdity, while impacting the human soul with biological materials awakens human awareness; this is an attempt to identify the discrepancy between individuals and the environment and to create a new self.

There is a sense of pressure and tension between this work and myself, also a sense of “unfamiliar familiarity.” By transplanting hair onto pig heads, it looks as if the pig is a new life, alive and dead at the same time while overturning the frontier between reality and illusion with a “substitute” self. This work creates impacts on the vision and emotions, inspiring conversation towards pain, death, the ongoing spirit, and imagination of rebirth after destruction.





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Born in Taipei in 1984. Lives in New Taipei City. Lived in South Africa for 7 years during junior and senior high school days. Upon returning to Taiwan, Chang studied at the Fu-Hsin Trade and Arts Night School, and graduated from Department of Fine arts, Tunghai University, and Graduate Institute of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts. Currently studying in the Accelerated Second Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Program at National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences. The Surgery of Muse: Implant project combines issues of personal life journey, human nature, suffering, society, and marginality.

Chang specializes in creating video, installation, conceptual and performance (action) art, and art project.