The 16th Taishin Arts Award: A Special Exhibition of the Finalists
The 16th Taishin Arts Award: A Special Exhibition of the Finalists specially invites the principal architect of ArchiBlur Lab as well as architecture scholar Eric CHEN to design the exhibition installation. The exhibition makes use of the spiral staircase in the lobby of the Taishin Tower, elevating the exhibition space up to seven meters high. To create this unique space, the designer uses six gradually changing linear structures and textile layers to fabricate the varying transparency and dynamic of the space. As the staircase rises, the installation offers a constantly changing perspective and creates intersecting viewing points. Adopting such an approach of viewing, the design not only serves as a metaphor for the mutual relationship between the sixteen finalists as they are viewing and being viewed, but also corresponds to the contours and outlines of the key visual design. Through physical movement, the exhibition makes audiences become aware of and re-examine their own coordinates in time and space. When we try to understand or revisit a certain moment in history, will the distance between us be changed due to the temporal and spatial divide? Or, will we perhaps realize something at the moment of looking into each other’s eyes instead?
Creative Team: Eric CHEN, WU Yu-Jung, CHEN Li-Hsien
Born in Tainan in 1978 and currently residing and working in Tainan, Taichung, and Taoyuan, Eric Chen holds the PhD degree of Arts from Tainan National University of the Arts, and now he is the full-time assistant professor of Department of Architecture, Chung Yuan Christian University, visiting professor of Department of Architecture, UCSI in Malaysia, and chief architect of ArchiBlur Lab. His creative practices over the past years are the use of body anatomy as reference for expressing group senses, building generation, urban landscape, island manufacturing, thinking, and ideas in an attempt to develop a method to explore the issues in an open framework. He has engaged in the long-term exploration on body and landscapes in order to develop another redefined architectural scale. He also attempts to repeatedly perceive the most fundamental value of everything with the most authentic body feelings, which enables buildings to become a kind of human environment. His main creative practices are: “Landscape of the Boundary” of 2014 “X-Site Project” , “Bridge House” of 2015 Setouchi Triennale “Art House Project” , “Urban Archipelago Project,” “Oasis Settlement Project” in Malaysia, “Floating Mountains．Suspended bridge” in France, “Floating Mountains” in Malaysia, 2016 Taipei Biennale, 2017 Sharjah Biennial “Collectivism”, “Threshold of Being” at Palestine Art Museum, etc.