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Creation/Research Support
Shijian st. 1 Landing Program

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.


KUO I-Chen

郭奕臣的作品不斷透過不同的媒材型式,創造出一種詩意兼具情境式的獨特語彙。作品的核心關注於環境與內心歸屬感的消逝與飄盪的精神狀態,並透過不存在的狀態去顯現對生命本質的探索,作品《入侵》曾代表臺灣參加 2005 威尼斯雙年展臺灣館,並為歷年來最年輕的參展藝術家。曾獲臺北獎首獎 (2005)與台新藝術獎年度五大視覺入圍(2008), 2016 年出版童書《宇宙掉了一顆牙》獲得金鼎獎, 2017 年創立 STUPIN 藝術家工作室駐村平台,作品曾在臺北雙年展、新加坡雙年展、雪梨雙年展、首爾國際媒體藝術雙年展與德國 ZKM⋯⋯等重要美術館展出作品並持續獲邀於各國展出。

LIN Yi-Hsiu