We Only Hang Out At Night
The idea for this series, We Only Hang Out at Night, came from a covert form of mass surveillance justified for public safety. For the Taiwanese, the flashlight from speeding cameras never fails to startle. The images captured will then be mailed along with the speeding ticket as evidence. My intent for this project was to catalyze a budget cycle, and it was approved by the university’s art festival committee. Being a public university, it was essentially funded with taxpayers’ money, which then went back to local infrastructure via the fines.
To make this piece, my friends and I did many rounds of orchestrated speeding and tried to do our best composition for the camera at midnight. My friends performed as those often overlooked in Taiwanese nightlife: drunks, cleaners, and loiterers. After the tickets were mailed to me, I reenacted the roles they performed in a studio. Between these two sets of images, I essentially commissioned the local authorities to help complete the series.
This project has received full funding from the 24th National Taiwan University Arts Festival. The fines collected from this project will be entirely remitted to the Taipei City Government Treasury through the Ministry of Education.These funds will be dedicated exclusively to improving the road traffic in Taipei City, with no wastage.
Photography assistance: 謝采蓉、洪揚斌、李青桐、張簡亦軒、陳司翰、Jonah Katz、賴雅鈺、王廷宇、呂宗翰、林政宏
Special thanks: 臺灣照顧生命協會、無名資源回收者們、台北市政府交通大隊
- 226 Keelung Road Sec.3 toward Changxing Street, daily average of 27.7 photos; fined NT$1600.
- Sec.4 Chengde Road Sec.4 North bound (Fixed), daily average of 54.6 photos; fined NT$2000.
- 212 Youngde Blvd. Sec.4 Gechih Middle School (Downhill), daily average of 90.2 photos; fined NT$1800.
- 130 Chengde Road Sec.6 (North to South), daily average of 22.4 photos; fined NT$1600.
- 126 No.58, Sec. 3, Xinsheng S. Rd (North-Bound), daily average of 17.2 photos; fined NT$1800.
- JianGuo S. Rd. Sec. 2, No.179, daily average of 16.7 photos; fined NT$1800."