JOY IN PAIN Hung Yu-Hao Solo25 February 2022
In the exhibition "Joy in Pain", the Taiwanese artist Hung Yu-Hao takes up the Moriscan dancers that can be seen in the original in the Munich City Museum. The ambition of their creator Erasmus Grasser was to represent the entire medieval population spectrum with the 16 different figures around 1480.
Not much is known about the history of the Moriscos and their dance, as their existence and appearance is only documented by a few existing visual sources. What is known is that the so-called Morisco dance circulated throughout Europe during the Middle Ages, embodying different manifestations and cultural contexts in different periods and regions.
Its origins can be traced back to the time of the Reconquista, the reconquest of Spain from Arab occupation and the accompanying re-Christianization. The remaining inhabitants of Arab origin were called Morisco (Moors).
The classification of the dance as a sword or battle dance probably stems from this time. Thus, at least a non-conformist basic idea can be assigned to the dance, which grows out of thoughts and feelings of resistance. Whether it is traced back to the struggle between Muslims and Christians, or in later centuries it was a metaphor used by jugglers who roamed Europe to address the hard life and the discrepancy between the nobility and the common people. There are legends that claim that Morisco dancers were hired during plague epidemics to restore some amusement, courage and support to the people in dark times through their eccentric dances.
Hung Yu-Hao takes up these thoughts in his work "Joy in Pain", in order to capture a thought of hope and joy in life in the now already two-year old pandemic, with the help of the imagined dance.
The work focuses on the frozen physical movements of the Munich Moriscan dancers created by Erasmus Grasser, which mark historical time like keyframes. Using 3D scanning technology, Hung has used images of the dancers and attempted to analyse and reconstruct their movements. Using video superimpositions on photographs, 6 of the remaining statues are brought out of their centuries-long rigidity and translated into a dynamism that illustrates the resurgence of vitality and joy even in the present day.
Hung Yu-Hao is currently a guest at Villa Waldberta in Feldafing as a scholarship holder of our joint exchange program with the Cultural Department of Munich, the Taipei Artist Village and the Goethe Institute Taipei.
洪譽豪是現在藝術家交流計劃案的獎學金得主與駐村藝術家，此計劃案是由慕尼黑文化廳，臺北藝術村，臺北歌德學院，Villa Waldberta 與 慕尼黑藝術公寓的合作計劃案。