Laboratory Projects

2019 CREATORS

The “2019 CREATORS Creative/Support Project” is based on cultural creativity and aims to promote artistic, technological, and social development through research, action, and presentation, calling out to adventurous individuals and collectives.

Apart from continuing last year’s creative research residences, this year’s “CREATORS” expands towards the actual individual needs and research methods of creatives while encouraging art groups to commence local projects. Individuals/collectives are selected based on a variety of factors, with topics spanning across cultural and historical data collection, archive research, sound art , technological creative work , theater performance, platform development, and local revitalization, displaying the diversity and creativity of contemporary Taiwan culture . The 15 individuals/collectives selected for this year consist of creatives from different backgrounds, leading projects including interdisciplinary research, music and media presentation, cultural distribution focusing on community and professional groups, setting up databases, and developing digital content. Connecting the public with professional social groups or the specific process from creative planning to practice and action, each work showcases the richness of contemporary Taiwanese culture .

 

張永達 Chang Yung-Ta
Hidden Layer of City [Taipei ver.]

With the rapid development of digitalization and implementation of artificial intelligence, the visible, technical sceneries of urban landscapes are transformed into an invisible world of surveillance and algorithm. Our previous cognition and connection with the outer world which relied on bodily sensations (such as hearing and vision) are no longer sufficient. Technology and microsensors seem to offer key opportunities for us to enter the digital world of big data microsensors and data modulation, a world which is unreachable (un-sensible) to physical sensations.

The operation of a digital city lies heavily on various data monitoring and mathematical modulation. The phenomena behind these data are like invisible layers, overlapping in the city and forming our surroundings. In Hidden layer of City[Taipei ver.], I conduct experiments with several microsensors such as radiation sensors, gas (CH4, CO, CH-CH3, H2, CH3-CH2-OH, CO2, CO) sensors, soil material sensors, and plant ecology sensors. With C-Lab as the center, documented data (such as numerical value, location, and time) are processed through algorithms, AI, and machine learning, imagining and experimenting the invisible layers in the city through machine-powered visual installations and sound installations.
http://www.changyungta.com/

莊知恆 Chuang Chih-Heng
Relight——The Vanished and Vanishing Settlements in Taipei

Relight——The Vanished and Vanishing Settlements in Taipei focuses on settlements hidden in the larger Taipei area that are facing demolition, relocation, or abandonment, such as Treasure Hill Village, Nanmen Market, and Wen-Meng House. By conducting field research, exhibitions, performances, applying “light” as the main creative medium, and implementing artistic methods that exist outside mainstream historical discourses, this project attempts to “rememorize” spaces that have vanished or are vanishing into time.
https://www.chuangchihheng.com/

郭奕臣、林怡秀 Kuo I-Chen , Lin Yi-Hsiu
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.

雜草稍慢/林芝宇 Weed Day/Zo Lin
Urban Gatherer – Making Your Own Weed Tea

Herb Tea Culture ╳ Action Art ╳ Lifestyle and Food ╳ Urban Living Experiments ╳ Cultivating Biodiversity ╳ Selfcare ╳ Recycling and Regenerating Resources ╳ Sustainability ╳ Education Promotion ╳ Writing and Publishing

Exploring the regeneration in urban life through an innovative /contemporary urban gathering based on the Qing Tsao Tea, a Taiwanese herbal tea, this project gathers information such as artistic creation, studies on herb management, and green space adoption into a book.

Among wild plants, weeds are most present in human life. Even in urban environments, weeds are seen everywhere, vibrant and full of life. These wild plants are vitamin complex from the heavens, a source of nutrition. Urban Gatherer unearths the names of the weeds, unveiling their connection with human civilization while discovering the endless possibilities of herbs with values that are yet to be discovered. Many of the materials are ingredients for Qing Tsao tea, while wild vegetables and living utensils are also included. Weeds can assist us in moving toward self-sufficient living and become an opportunity for renewable urban resources.
FB | https://www.facebook.com/weedroot/

安魂工作隊 Libera work-gang
The Galaxy of Discipline: a survey of post-war diaspora and suppression

This project includes the following:
(1)A clarification of the meaning of the space of Air Force Command Headquarters in post-war history, as well as the historical relationship and context between institutions similar to the Air Force Command Headquarters and is people. This is the fundamental research investigation.
(2)Based on the fundamental research investigation, this project further attempts to understand how the post-1949 mainlanders were treated with loyalty tests, bodily discipline, and penalty. Through the lesser-known “mainland military political prisoners” during White Terror, this project commences a preliminary creative experiment by interpreting the complex dialectical relationship between the body/scope of vision/identification.

沃時文化有限公司 cultime.co
Representation, Resistance, Reconciliation: Tracing the History of Tongzhi Stigma in Taiwan

This project first returns to the 90s to trace the beginning of the Tongzhi (LGBT) Movement. Apart from intellectuals whose names have been recorded in history and other Tongzhi members who were driving forces of the social movement, where are the other members of the Tongzhi community? What sort of lives do they lead? What are their relationships and experiences with the visible trajectory of the movement and the public space? This project attempts to dig into the domains and memories of Tongzhi culture that are relatively intimate and insert them into the landscape of written records of Tongzhi history, presenting a more complex and multivariate map of stigmatization.

In addition, this project plans to invite non-Tongzhi (heterosexual) creatives from different fields of expertise to trace and listen to Tongzhi space and history together, finally reversing the “declaration – reception/writing –audience” hierarchy of the Tongzhi narrative. This project presents an interactive workshop designed by professionals of different fields and searches for stigmatized space narratives that originate from varying perspectives, developing the possibility of collective creativity. We hope that this project will become a channel for connecting and immersing different communities, opening a collective memory of Tongzhi identity and producing more organic and multifaceted understandings. Furthermore, this project also explores ways and angles to connect with the masses at this stage of the Tongzhi movement.

林其蔚 Lin Chi-Wei
The research project of Scores for Tape Music and H.D.C.M. (Human Dynamic Co-ordination Models)

The Research Project of Scores for Tape Music and H.D.C.M. is part of the Human Dynamic Co-ordination Models. From a technical perspective, Human Dynamic Co-ordination Models is a reversal of the concept that “the machine is the extension of the human body” in traditional philosophy of technology, reversing the operation of media machines into human movements and sounds. For instance, the mathematical and mechanical structure of the bubble sort in algorithm, cellular automation , cassette machine, and music boxes are transformed into agreements for human interaction. We refer to this method as “models ,” which means “prototype.”

The term “model” originates from intermedia artist Lin Chi-Wei’s Tape Music performance in 2004. Since 2017, Lin Chi-Wei developed alternative bodily interactive methods distinctive from tape music, which gradually grew into a group creative project. The project invites creatives including film director Chen Singing to participate in a whole new development and testing rehearsal. The “model” intends to create a unique community which forms a performance that embarks on inner exploration on the premise of following a set of rules. Participants can follow the crowd or forge their own path, while audiences can also be invited to take part in the performance. This method allows participants from different backgrounds to cultivate their individual desires while forming collectiveness throughout the interactions. Finally, the dialectical interactions between the two are displayed in the final sound and bodily aesthetics.
http://www.linchiwei.com/

顧廣毅 Ku Kuang-Yi
Delayed Youth

Delayed Youth is set in the year 2050, Taiwan. In this futuristic world, conservative groups have successfully taken hold of political resources through referendums and by taking an aggressive stand in political participation, and are instigating the Ministry of Health and Welfare to change policies on gender and sexuality. By collaborating with the Endocrinology Department and pediatricians, these groups use medication for sexual precocity to control sexual maturity among adolescents. The government works alongside local hospitals to distribute medicine on a regular basis so that parents can give the medication to children who have not yet reached puberty.

By applying medical technology, the government is able to postpone the puberty of all adolescents in the nation. Children only reach sexual maturity at the age of eighteen; in other words, this treatment allows the stages of sexual maturity to synchronize with the lawful age of sexual intercourse. This means that no adolescent will have secondary sexual characteristics before reaching high school, reducing sexual desire brought forth by hormones during the student years, therefore lowering the likelihood of sex-related problems. This project presents a series of dystopian scenarios to construct a fabricated world of extremes, inspiring the masses to contemplate on the individuality of adolescents and the issue of sex.
http://www.kukuangyi.com/

施佩吟、蘇映塵 Shih Pei-Yin , Su Ying-Chen
Ferment the City!

“Fermentation” is a natural interaction and reproduction process of microorganisms. In the process of food production, fermentation increases the nutritional value of food and adds flavor. We will explore ways to transform waste into resources and materials through fermentation, focusing on two primary materials: recycling plastic and organic waste. The application of fermentation, on the other hand, involves two aspects: biological fermentation and social fermentation.

Biological fermentation transforms organic materials into new resources. For example, the fermentation process is applied to developing new food ingredients, animal food, kitchen waste and composting, making use of organic matter in urban plantations, environmental craft, and the production of construction materials. We search for inspiration from the culture and technology of fermentation in Taiwan and apply the concept of fermentation in the natural world, learning from the microorganisms for ways to process plastic, including methods of decomposing, “fermenting,” and rearranging substances. We research and develop ways to reconstruct recycled plastic products into daily commodities while focusing on integrating and reusing organic and plastic waste, exploring possibilities of the two.

We will be conducting research and experiments in neighborhoods and community spaces in Taipei City. The project will be based in Hó-Sńg House, a space that was created by reconstructing an old building. Ferment the City also ponders how outdoor spaces influence the community and conducts biological and social experiments through public events. Apart from achieving “zero waste,” this project also aims to encourage participation among residents, inspiring new social relations and allowing social connections to continue fermentation.
FB | https://www.facebook.com/fermentthecity/

畸零地創造股份有限公司 Groundzero
Collectives weave with Social movements

In September 2018, Yuanli Market was devoured by a mysterious fire. Implementing the same belief by using different methods, Groundzero and Hi Home initiated a conversation about heritage and cultural preservation. Groundzero traveled to various controversial heritage architectures with the Burn Down Cake Project, selling sponge cakes shaped like the architecture to encourage dialogue with locals with hopes of inspiring contemplation towards cultural preservation.

After focusing in resistance, local Yuanli youth group Hi Home has taken a detour from “resistance” to “return,” returning to their homeland and contributing their skills to locals. This project gathers art workers from different fields and creates a new form of interdisciplinary collaboration based on the historical background of Yuanli Market and different opinions of urban planning. The project further explores whether the divisions in the creative process can reach equality through different collaboration methods and establish new working patterns or an essential “interdisciplinary creative process.”
FB | https://www.facebook.com/BurnDownCake/

李立鈞、吳耀庭、謝杰廷 Lee Li-Chun , Wu Yao-Ting , Hsieh Chieh-Ting
Reconstruction of Stain: A Transdisciplinary Experiment on the Space of Memories in Taipei and Berlin

How should we face the “stains” of history? What sorts of form and structure can we give “stains?”
This project combines concepts from cultural studies , architecture, and body theory to retrace the multifaceted meanings of “stain.” By inspecting the case of Berlin and Taipei, this project explores ways that a city can coexist with “stains” and methods of tagging “historical stains” on the landscape. How can this be done? By erecting tall towers and monuments? Or open, rolling plains? By using sturdy, heavy mineral materials? Or transparent glass? This project combs through intentions, imaginations, and ideologies that surround different forms and mediums and designs a set of memory components that allow public participation and operation. By repeated deconstruction and reconstruction, this project reinspects ways of displaying “stains,” coexisting with “history,” and discovering different possibilities of “the space of memory.”

孫于甯、劉上萱Sun Yu-Ning , Liu Shang-Hsuan
s.s.s. Mart

“The vendors make a rain-resistant hat by grabbing a plastic bag and placing it over their heads in the rain. An abandoned red washbowl becomes a lampshade, creating a reddish hue that is perfect for the fruit stand. A broken traffic cone is transformed into a unique plant pot…” Have you ever noticed these interesting “products” around you?
Having paid attention to the culture of cherishing goods and with a background in creating and developing products, the mamaisun group traveled the lanes and alleys collecting examples and stories behind the “products” designed and altered by everyday folks. Through themes “online store,” “urban map,” and “street storybook,” this project invites people to be mindful about the surroundings and notice stories that are unfolding in the streets, savoring the liveliness of the locals. Furthermore, this project inspires people to contemplate the questions: What does “useless” and “convenient” mean? What do we really need?

王維薇、蔣慧仙 Wei-Wei Wang, Sophie Chiang
C-LAB Gardening — Growing Sustainable Systems

It all started with an organic combination of two friends, Wei-Wei Wang and Sophie Chiang, from the arts and culture fields, looking for a fresh project. Teaming up with Christopher Adams, we seek to explore sustainable systems from artistic, social, and technological points of view.

Our project, C-LAB Gardening — Growing Sustainable Systems, supplemented by research, talks, and online programs, aims to introduce sustainability into all aspects of cultural practice, laying the groundwork for current and future questions of sustainable systems. We plan to build a cross-disciplinary community of professionals from the arts, architecture, agriculture, cooking, design, and technology, to cultivate a dialogue and explore sustainable lifestyle. We will cover the spectrum from concept to action, from individual to community, from manufacturing to consumption.

We are here to host a virtual garden where all are welcome. This garden will cross-pollinate ideas, bridge cultural divides, and incubate practical proposals from seeds to blossoms.
Please join us at https://lab.garden

僻室 House Peace
Mars BUG

“The planet Mars has a masculine quality…Mars brings upheavals and turmoil, cruelty and thieving, sickness, death, hunger, and armies.”
-Shiji (Records of the Grand Historian)

The planet Mars has appeared frequently in the recent discussion on interstellar immigration, and is also a planet known for its destructive forces throughout ancient mythology and astrology. This project symbols the destructive, aggressive development of urban civilization.

BUG—Build─Uprise─Garbage.

This project will be presented through the three stages of B, U, and G, constructing a future city that is gradually collapsing.

Focusing on young Taiwan individuals living abroad, this project conducts data collection and literature creativity, exploring how human being construct cities through labor and migration. While cities bring forth migration, it also creates a disorientating effect on the bodies and minds of laborers in the process of relocation.
https://www.house-peace.com/

張立人Chang Li-Ren
The Ruined City

The content of the video will be temporarily separated into a few sub-themes that will be adjusted according to the data collection, and finally, be presented in a suitable space within Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab.

This project includes creating a video installation about a city, displaying blurry spaces, scenes, and memories. As a scenery that is constructed by a group of people, the city is intertwined with fleeting stories, as well as ongoing moments and visions that have not yet arrived.

Date

2019.4.30-10.31