A play to probe ‘self’ in the information age 探討資訊自我認同 莎妹劇團新作《愛愛》

Mon, Apr 22, 2013 - Page 11

As technology used in 3C (computers, communications and consumer electronics) products progresses and usage of such products increases, computers, smartphones, digital cameras and televisions increasingly dominate every facet of modern living. The small “i” (information) has become our new religion, influencing what we buy, our culture, our values and basically controlling the big “I“ (self). Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group’s new production — iI — explores this phenomenon, depicting the latent uneasiness and difficulties of being the big “I” in the information age.

Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group director and veteran scriptwriter Wei Ying-chuan says that the modern self is quite different from the self that was the object of reflective consciousness in classical discourses on identity. As huge advances have been made in the field of information technology, time and space in people’s everyday lives have been compressed and virtualized, she says. “People’s subjectivity is increasingly obscured and our sense of being is weakening.” To represent this sort of fabricated existence, Wei uses a table and two chairs and the cosplay concept of acting within a comic form, reconceptualizing people’s subjectivity and how to allow the big “I” and little “i” that exist within our understanding of self, self-affirmation and identities to coalesce.

After accumulating years of experience performing at art festivals, the troupe decided that this year, instead of waiting passively to be invited to perform, they would organize their own “City Exchange Program.” Expanding the “one-table-two-chair” format, the group has invited artists working in various fields. internationally and cross-culturally to join them in their performance of iI in the hope of having international exchanges. Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group will be performing iI at the Plum Wine Factory at Huashan 1914 Creative Park from May 24 to May 26.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)