In this work I superficially explore the traceability, auditability and defensibility of institutions and people. I use the Taiwanese taxation system, Uniform Invoice Lottery, 統一發票 (Tǒngyī fāpiào), to examine the idea of purchase receipts as devotional scripts, accounts of acquisitions and offerings and promises of more (purchasing) possibilities. Financial structures being all which survives post-humanity and accounting records our only way back to god.
The expression “If it is not written down, it did not happen!” is a foundational quality assurance concept established by the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to reinforce the idea of record keeping throughout a product life cycle from design and development to manufacturing and decommissioning.
Prior to failing Canada as a skilled settler, I worked in the highly regulated MedTech industry. Today, I research the ubiquity and reproducibility of concepts learnt during my professionalization as I encounter them in my “private” consumer life, the traces of compliance I leave starting from my social location and how they are being used.
This project was a collaboration at the Treasure Hill Artist Village with Emiko Agatsuma, Gökçen Dilek Acay, 彭家茵 Peng Chia Yin, 王世甫 Wang Shi Fu and Jonnie Pedersen. Please visit Future Temple to see the other artists work and read their words.
Photo credit: Bruce Rusk, Emiko Agatsuma.