HO Mu-Yun, LIN Kuei-Miao (ExiStone Workgang)
Magang Village in Cape Santiago has faced the crisis of forced eviction with the change of land ownership since 2018. The residents thus applied to register the village as a cultural heritage, and other activists started to help the residents to make their voices heard by recording oral history, measuring the stone houses, conducting community studies, and making documentaries. In 2020, the residents and their supporters turned their efforts into a public exhibition with visual artworks, thus facilitating the formation of the ExiStone Workgang.
ExiStone Workgang is an autonomous collective of Magang residents, cultural workers, artists, graphic designers, and new-media designers. By allying urban and rural activists and providing firsthand information, they endeavor to interpolate the commonality with practical cultural practices and connect the public with the site. By responding to reality with art, the project aims to give a social function to its actions.