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Original Script:

Among all the Peking Opera excerpts I enjoy, Give up her son in the second hall (二堂舍子) is especially fun to watch. Or maybe I shouldn’t use the word “fun”.

 For the people in the drama, an extremely tough decision has to be make.

Liu is Chen and Qiu’s father, Wang is Qiu’s mother and Chen’s stepmother since Chen’s mother is a fairy. Chen and Qiu kill an officer who works in Qin-mansion which has power over Chen’s father, so the parents had to sacrifice one of their son bearing the crime.[ 沈香與秋兒在南學讀書,因見告老太師秦燥的兒子宮保汙辱老師,沈香失手將其打死。他們的父親劉彥昌知道了此事,弟弟秋兒與沈香爭著說自己是兇手,劉彥昌猶豫不決。他請出繼室王桂英共同勘問。王桂英先袒護秋兒,遭到劉彥昌的責備。劉因思念前妻三聖母,不忍將沈香舍去,毅然送秋兒抵罪,秦燥怒將秋兒打死。]

 The decision making process of giving away their son is represented and emphasized through the parents’ repeated interrogation on who between the two has beaten the officer to death. The question asking “who beat the officer of Qin-mansion to death秦府官保是何人打死的” repeated 11 times through the 20 mins excerpt (sometimes the parents ask the question in the same time). Chen and Qiu who share strong affection always intent to protect the other one, thus admit that himself is the only killer. Liu and Wang suffering from the pain of making such cruel decision, touched by the brotherhood of Chen and Qiu, claim they kill the officer in desperation.

The endless repetition tells their affection and agony through absurdity and lead us also into the dilemma of life and death, self and family, right and wrong.

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[Algorithm]

Rule:

A. Databases respectively store the clips

Question database

i. 10 different ways of asking the question ‘who beat the officer of Qin-mansion to death ’( asked by Liu or Wang alone or together, asked through singing or speaking with slightly different dictions as a characteristic of Peking Opera )

Answer Database (each include several clips as well)

ii. Chen claims himself as the killer.

iii. Qiu claims himself as the killer.

iv. Chen and Qiu answered together.

v. Liu claims himself as the killer.

vi. Wang claims herself as the killer.

 B.

Radom clip from ‘Question database’ is select.

And random clip from ‘Answer database’ is select.

If ii is selected, iii must be followed.Vice versa.

In order to create the dilemma which carries out the interrogation again.

[MAX/MSP Patch]

Who kills Qinfuguanbao_ZHAN Chang 51798771

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Chinese Script of the excerpt Giving up her son in the second hall ,with the question and answers for ‘Who beat the office of Qin-mansion to death’ highlighted.

[Live Remix Video Demo]

 

Who beat the officer of Qin-mansion to death? from ZHAN on Vimeo.

[Special Thanks: Chau Kwan Ki]

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