Shijian st. 1 Landing Program is based on the abandoned staff dormitory of Central News Agency (CNA). The old dormitory was built in 1964 and is one of the first accommodations that were built when CNA moved to Taiwan. The street name “Shijian” also entails historical and political connotations in Mandarin. When World War Two ended in 1945, the “Shijian Group,” formed by members of the “White Group” (a group of Japanese military advisers who assisted the Republic of China (Taiwan) in military training and drafting strategies for counterattack) was located at Shipai Elementary School, which, at the time, was located at the end of Shijian Street, hence the name.
The CNA dormitory was an accommodation built for staff members of CNA when the KMT government arrived in Taiwan in 1949. Many CNA dormitories were built in supreme locations across Taipei, such as Shijian Street and Chengde Road. The building is now old and worn out and has been abandoned for more than 19 years. The CNA dormitory is now owned by the National Property Administration and has become a focus for cultural workers and members of the Legislative Yuan in Beitou area, hoping that the Ministry of Culture would reconstruct the dormitory into a cultural space or artist village. Through artistic creations, exhibitions and performances, research, and residencies, this project hopes to encourage government and local cultural organizations to envision ways of integrating resources, invigorating unused spaces, and revitalizing the local community before official resources arrive on scene. In addition, Shijian st. 1 Landing Program hopes to involve C-LAB in the dialogue and contemplate an alternative possibility for creatives to enter urban spaces in an autonomous manner in the post-1990 era.
Shijian st. 1 Landing Program transforms the abandoned dormitory into satellite (moon) coordinates and the axis of history, technology, consciousness, politics, biology, and ecology into vibrations and fluidity of substances (comets and meteorites). Through the gravitational force between the planet (Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab) and the satellite (Shijian st. 1), this work initiates cooperation between energizing idle spaces and reviving local energy to create an ecology of collaboration and coexistence.