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The Pivot Point

In the town of Linyuan in southern Taiwan, two roads intersect to form a massive pair of scissors. The intersection is called the Pivot Point and believed as the birthplace of a curse. According to folklore, Lin Ban-xian, a Taoist master from the Chinese mainland, settled in Linyuan around the 18th century. To reward the meals offered by the locals, Lin offered a solution against drought with a unique method that was however exhausting to the locals—Lin pushed the locals into running in order to extract the groundwater. The Taoist master was snubbed in his twilight years and thus spreading a malicious dying wish. His last words deceived the locals into burying his dead body upside down at the Pivot Point. This is said to have activated the Scissors Curse that brings misfortune to locals while blessing immigrants.
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25th October 1945, on which Chiang Kai-shek government officially took over Taiwan, marked the island’s return to its motherland. The date became Liberation Day to be celebrated along with National Sports Day, in which the racing competitions were mostly won by the Taiwanese as they had been the majority of the runners. Today, a bronze statue of Chiang Kai-Shek stands upon the Pivot Point, echoing on the individual level beyond the myth.
The tale is developed into CGI with figures and props referring to existing images. Lin and Chiang are both self-portraitised. They breathe my voice that mimics their languages and tones, which come from a drama episode about the Scissors Curse and an archived speech of Chiang Kai-shek.




While the village of Linyuan has been expanding as a satellite town, the circulation of the tale remains active. Thus, the curse from the Pivot Point has been narrated against a background of tension between early settlers and latecomers, both of whom were mostly ethnic Chinese.
The conflicts between the two groups of dwellers have been ostensibly dissolved. The tale became like a story the locals tell to scare themselves—for the sake of the collective memory of the town.

However, the tale illustrates the suffering of local residents, subtly lingering among grassroots ideologies. In response to that, the stares from the characters manifest both the incompetence and the refusal against the dominance of political consumption.






 
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