The Art of Turning Uncertainty into Possibility: “Bio Apartment 3—Succession”

October 15, 2016

 

將不確定性化為可能性的藝術盛會:《生物公寓 3 —演替》

 

今年下半年在台灣有許多設計相關的盛事輪番上陣,這一個多月來我們也推薦過「台灣設計師週」、「聽見設計」等展事。一般來說,大部分的設計展都是以實體物件為媒介來求創新、玩概念、談產業、看文化,在不同程度上,我們也因而得以仰賴設計解決在生活、文化、環境中發生的問題。而當下有一檔正在進行中的展覽,展示設計的角度不是為了解決問題、而是發現問題,因此展覽裡的所有作品的出場都不是為了「作」「用」設計,而是為了「思辨」。

 

There were/are design oriented exhibitions and festivals presenting alternately in Taiwan in the second half of this year. We have introduced you some of them, such as TWDW and Sound of Design. In general, the design exhibitions are mediated by design items or works to seek for innovation, practice of concept, discussion about industry, and perspective of culture. To different extents, we engage in design for the solutions to the issues generated from daily life, culture, and environment. While there is an ongoing exhibition, which manifests itself not from the goal for solving problems, but discovering them. Accordingly, the art/design pieces present in the exhibition are not based on the practice (use or do) of design, but speculative ideas.

 

這個展覽是《生物公寓 3 —演替》,10 月 1 日至 31 日、從中正紀念堂延伸到公館一帶皆有展出;為期一個月的展覽共包含了 3 條導覽路線、4 個展區、8 個展場、21 組藝術家、2 場跨界生技劇場表演、以及數十件作品。展覽連結了生物與設計、科學家與藝術家,讓動物、植物、地質的標本,與原細胞、腋毛、寵物貓狗和在一起。看展時如果你覺得哪裡不對勁,那這展覽就對了(吧)。

 

The exhibition, titled “Bio Apartment 3—Succession,” is held from October 1 to 31, in the area between MRT Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station and Gongguan. It consists of 3 guide routes, 4 locales, 8 venues, 21 groups of artists, 2 crossover bio-tech performances, and dozens of art pieces. It links biology and design, scientists and artists, blurs the boundary between animal, plant, geological specimens and protocells, armpit hair, cats and dogs. If you feel anything bizarre or grotesque when being in the exhibition, then you are on the right track.

 

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一場為了「看不懂」的展覽 An Exhibition for “Not Knowing”

 

從捷運中正紀念堂站下車,步行一段距離後就是《生物公寓 3 —演替》其中一個主場—國立臺灣博物館南門園區。在紅樓主館買了價格非常親民的門票後就可以到一旁的小白宮觀覽臺博館的展品:動物博物館《骨頭的故事》、植物標本館《果・實》、地質標本館《幾時蒼海・幾時桑田》。但在骨頭藏櫃中間你會突然發現羊毛(陳勁立《鴿》)、甚至腋毛(宮保睿《樹懶效應:NO.1, 腋下的雨林》);與骨頭的「死」「硬」相對,以羊毛織製的鴿骨、以腋毛培養的生態系展示的另一種生命與美學。而展櫃一旁的巨大塊狀物(劉哲榮《方舟》)和實驗室影像(林沛瑩、Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa、Luis Hernan《死灰復生 II》)則相互映現,從動物的單位化、到原細胞的有機擴張,叩問生存價值意義與生死界限。另外還有數個展覽作品都是在對生命提問。在離場時,展場志工大叔問了我「你都看得懂嗎?」我心裡確實長出許多問號。這個展覽體現的就是一種未知/不懂的情境,一種能讓不確定轉化為可能性的藝術展現。

 

Getting off at MRT Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station, you can reach one of main venues of “Bio Apartment 3—Succession”—National Taiwan Museum, Nanmen Park—in walking distance. Buying the entry ticket in the main hall of Red House, then you can access to the exhibition venue—The Goods Storehouse (referred as the White Palace)—where you encounter the ancient animal bones, plant seeds and geological material curated by National Taiwan Museum. While in between the ancient materials, you will run into wool dove bone (Li, “Dove,” 2016), or a thick growth of armpit hair (Paul Gong, “Sloth Effect: NO. 1, The Rainforest of Axilla,” 2016). In contrast to the animal bones, which connote death and solidity, the softness of wool and the ecosystem defined by armpit hair signify an alternative way of picturing life and aesthetics. By the same token, the odd huge block (Liu Je Rong, “Fun House,” 2012) and video installation which shows the unknown lab experiment (Pei Ying Lin, Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa, Luis Hernan, “Living Ashes II,” 2016) inquiry into the meaning of and the boundary between life and death, as well as many other art pieces. The exhibition embodies the state of not knowing, as an art of turning uncertainty into possibility.

 

《死灰復生 II / Living Ashes II 》 by Pei Ying Lin, Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa, Luis Hernan

 

 

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一場為了「寵物性」的聯誼 In Solidarity with Pet’s Sexual Rights

 

 

離開臺博館後我驅車前往公館汀州路上的 √RADICALSIGN 根號。場中約有四件作品都圍繞著「寵物」這樣主體;有影像記錄與獸醫師對話貓狗的性(幸)與不性(幸),有寵物快速交友的軟體、(交)配種圖解,也有寵物未來公寓的設計藍圖。從影像編輯、電腦工程、建築設計等技術與藝術架構而成的展覽作品,離開人類本位的角度,把寵物的性事看成是一件需要重新思考的事。當然,看完展後我心裡在想:子非汪汪與喵喵,安知汪喵之樂?而獸醫師、交友 app 和未來公寓也都還是在人類主導下產生的設計。這之中的問題並非要在這場展覽中解決,而是我們還可以有什麼樣的提問方式?還有什麼問題沒被發現?

 

Departing from the state of knowing and not knowing, you head off for studio √RADICALSIGN. There you find an animal (pets) oriented exhibition, which consists of 4 art/design pieces in relation to the debate of pets’ sexual life, speed dating app, graphic display on mating, and future scenarios. From image editing, computer science, architect design, the exhibition structured by technology, art/design, and animal science, rethinks animals’ sexual rights from non-human perspective. Though it’s easy to criticize the human subjective-dominant design of the exhibition, still, the essential point lies in the possibility and the space for all kinds of debates and imagination.

 

 

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《生物公寓 3 — 演替》承繼自 2014 年以來《生物公寓》計畫的核心精神,從跨界的方式嘗試連結藝術設計與其他領域,開創多樣的未來想像;此次展覽的豐富性與複雜性,無法就這篇短文窺得全貌,需要你進到展覽空間親自游移與思索。玩味旅舍也在類似的方向上努力著、思考著,除了設計與旅館的跨界連結,我們未來也將有機會與《生物公寓》的核心成員合作,希望能讓彼此的領域相互碰撞,讓思考跨得更大一點。

 

“Bio Apartment 3—Succession” inherits the spirit of “Bio Apartment Project” debuted in 2014, to connect art/design with various disciplines for the visions of the future. With this, this essay cannot cover all the art works and experimental spirits. It requires you to be in the scene, to feel the uncertainty and possibility. Play design Hotel is walking on a similar path, seeks to connect hotel and design, and even more. We are expecting to cooperate with the members of Bio Apartment in near future, looking forward to mutual inspiration and stimulation.

 

 

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展覽資訊 / Exhibition Information

 

 

《生物公寓 3 —演替》

Bio Apartment 3—Succession

 

時間:10 月 1 日至 31 日

Dates: Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, 2016

 

各展覽地點資訊、開放時間如下:

Multi-Venues and open time listed as below:

 

 

・國立臺灣博物館 南門園區 : 臺北市中正區南昌路一段 1 號

    National Taiwan Museum, Nanmen Park ( please click here for the open hours info )

 

    小白宮展示館 9:30 - 17:00(每周一休館)

    戶外空間 6:00 - 22:00 (周一至周日)

 

 

 

・國立臺灣大學展區 : 臺北市大安區羅斯福路四段 1 號

    National Taiwan University Museums ( please click here for the open hours info )

 

  

    動物博物館:10:30 - 16:30(國定假日休館)

    植物標本館室內展廳:10:00 - 12:00、13:00 - 16:00(每周二及國定假日休館)

    植物標本館室外庭園:日治時期庭園、臺北濕地植物區,全天開放;

                                           蕨園,預約開放 (02-3366-2463 #102)

     地質標本館:9:00 - 12:00、13:00 - 17:00(每周一休館及國定假日休館)   

  

 

 

 

・台電大樓周邊展區 

     Taipower Building Area

 

     √ RADICALSIGN:臺北市中正區汀州路三段 77 號 3 樓

     3F., No.77, Sec. 3, Tingzhou Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City
 

     周三至周五:13:00 - 17:00

     周六、周日:11:00 - 18:00

 

     Wed - Fri ,   13:00 - 17:00 ;  

     Sat & Sun ,   11:00 - 18:00  (Closes on Mon. & Tue. )

     

     TEL:02-2364-2306

 

 

     曾秉芳工作室:臺北市中正區羅斯福路三段244 巷10 弄1 號地下室

     Lahok Oning / OEOE Studio:B1, No.1, Aly. 10, Ln. 244, Sec. 3, Roosevelt Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City

 

     預約參觀:周二至周四 16:00 - 20:00 ( 預約專線 02-2365-4998 )

     開放時間:周五至周日 16:00 - 20:00

   

     By Appointment : Tue. - Thu. 16:00-20:00 ( Tel: 02-2365-4998 )

     Open Time:Fri. - Sun. 16:00-20:00

 

 

 

・台大、師大街區

    National Taiwan University & National Taiwan Normal University Areas

 

 

    女書店:台北市大安區新生南路三段 56 巷 7 號 2 樓

    Fembook:2F., No.7, Ln. 56, Sec. 3, Xinsheng S. Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City

 

    周一至周四:11:00 - 19:00

    周五:11:00 - 21:00、周六:13:00 - 21:00(每周日及國定假日休)

    Mon. - Thu. 11:00-19:00,

    Fri.  11:00-21:00、Sat.  13:00-21:00(Closes on Sundays and National Holidays)

 

 

    殷海光故居:台北市大安區溫州街 18 巷 16 弄 1-1 號

    Yin Hai-Kuang Former Residence  ( please click here for the open hours info )

 

    周二、四、六:11:00 - 17:00

    周三、周五:   13:00 - 17:00(每周一、周日及國定假日休 )

 

 

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