Three-channel Video Installation, Valve Radio, 2’57”, 2022
In Electronic-mobility, HSU Chia-Wei dives into the technical history of electronic products, starting with the valve radio produced by Panasonic in Taiwan in the 1950s and 60s to the new battery technology of today. This context demonstrates a shift from the analogue era to the current digital era. In this project, the artist collaborates with XING Mobility to film the production process of the battery and the electric car under the code name “Miss R.” He also invites a rapper to make the technical principles of making valve radio and electric car battery into a rap song. As the speed of the electric F1 race car accelerates, the rapper also switches gears, and increases the tempo and speed of speech.
The sound in Electronic-mobility is broadcasted through a vacuum tube radio produced by Panasonic in the 60s, and the video is shown on an LED screen. The overall power required to play the work is from the battery manufactured by XING Mobility. Consequently, the technology of the vacuum tube and the contemporary semi-conductor and battery technologies are amalgamated in this installation, whereas the way of how electrons flow shows this particular technical history and its future possibility.