In the 1990s, the Walker Theatre was where the Taiwanese underground met. Su Hui-yu visited as a student and based on three performances he saw. Pop culture and high art merge into a physical, visual concept of what an art scene is or could be.
Originally designed as a multi-channel video installation, the film The Walker ingeniously deconstructed the background stories and the plays of the legendary Taiwan Walker Theatre which pretty much represents some underground culture scenes of 1990's Taipei. Based on a multi-character narrative structure, the film re-interprets the velocity, prime-time, rebellion, physical pleasure and ethical minefield referred to in these plays. With its Dream-like images, The Walker reminds us of the utopia pictured previously by the Taiwan Walker Theatre, indicating a polysemous, hybridized art world whose components range from the sublime to the ridiculous.
2018 International Film Festival Rotterdam