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CHANG Ting-Tong


Single-channel video 17'26"

“Soap” is an original online exhibition project by Chang Ting-Tong, which serves as his response to this pandemic period when physical activities are absent and social activities only available in the digital form.


Kadaververwertungsanstalt (literally the Carcass Utilization Factory) spread during WWI as his starting point. As a propagandist event, the rumor was deliberately spread by British intelligence agencies, who concocted and circulated the story of a secret factory in the depth of German forests that rendered down corpses of soldiers to produce soap for the German armies when materials were scarce. With sensationalizing illustrations and textual reports, the rumor combined conspiracy theory and prejudices against Germany to facilitate a shift of the public opinion during the war.


Different from most online exhibitions that reproduce physical space using the virtual form, Chang directly recreates a fictitious factory that only exists in fake news and never in real life. Afterwards, this reproduced information production center is encoded and constructed by a software engineer to be represented on the internet and transformed into a site-specific work in the digital world.


This project was part of the 3rd Dreamin' MoNTUE and was presented and experienced online. For this exhibition, the project is showcased through a collaboration with composer Hui Tak-Cheung and reimagines Soap through experimental music to present the single-channel video version.

CHANG Ting-Tong

Chang Ting Tong (b.1982, Taipei, Taiwan) is an artist who lives and works in Taipei and London. Chang is known for his collaborative projects through a variety of media including installation, video, and theatre. After receiving his MFA at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2011, Chang has exhibited internationally. He held solo exhibitions at the Cube Project Space, the MoNTUE and Taipei Fine Arts Museum and has participated in group shows and commissioned projects in Guangzhou Triennial, Taipei Biennial, Saatchi Gallery, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Wellcome Trust. Chang’s major awards include the 19th Taishin Arts Award, Taipei Art Award 2020, Hong Kong Art Central RISE Award 2016, VIA Arts Prize 2016, and Royal Society of Sculptors Bursary Award 2015. His works can be found in the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Art Bank, Hong Foundation, Embassy of Brazil London, JM SR Collection Mexico and private collections in Europe and Asia.

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