8.7. - 4.8.2000
"Es gibt Menschen, die mehr als einer Welt angehören,
mehr als eine Sprache
sprechen (im wörtlichen und übertragenen Sinne);
die mehr als eine Identität
bewohnen, mehr als ein Haus haben; die gelernt haben, zwischen
zu vermitteln und zu übersetzen..." (Bojana Pejic)
Reconsidering the Förderkoje as a "walking in
clothes closet" by image-transfer artist Ben Yu (*1956,
Taipei) is going to create a look how a Taiwanese house
feels like today at home in Berlin.
"For the past ten years of globalization I have searched
for a definition of identity within Taiwanese contemporary
culture. I am looking for Formosa and the essence of a beautiful
island among real life environment. "Taiwanese Houses"
portrays contemporary urban houses to present the transition
from old to new society based on history and geography.
Taiwanese communities are free to design and build structures
that reflect local materials and culture because they are
not burdened by development codes and city planning. Corrugated
metal houses use the same material as illegally built houses:
they are easily constructed and completed quickly. These
characteristics permit the design, function, and color of
any form to be constructed in Taiwan reflects their imagination.
Secondly, because land use has shifted from agricultural
to industrial, newly constructed "avant garde"
houses and houses of worship which spring up in the middle
of farmlands, are easy to find. After reaching a certain
comfort level, contemporary Taiwanese houses reflect an
intense curiosity about anything new and a new aesthetic
based on a barrage of information. If a "Taiwanese
Post-Modern Experience" exists, it must be a combination
of ancient western columns and traditional Taiwanese styles.
Without the burdens of tradition and boring community development
a new Taiwanese house is like a maiden: she wears fashionable
clothing and accessories to exhibit the vibrancy of a life
in continual flux." (Ben Yu)
It's interesting when investigating into tourism - I visited
the International Tourism Exchange in Berlin (ITB) - recognizing
that up to now a lot of the famous European editors like
DuMont or Merian haven't yet published a Taiwan guide.
So the housing will express an outlook into "l' only
planet Taiwan" with its geopolitical and cultural aftershocks
I could see and experience while living and working in Taiwan
The artist will be present at the opening on 8 July, 5 p.m.
- 9 p.m.
1999 "French Chair in Taiwan", IT Park, Taipei;
1999 "Between Real & Unreal (IV)", China Fine
Arts Museum, Beijing, China; 1998 "You talk/I Listen",
Centre d' Art Contemporain, La Ferme du Buisson - Noisiel/Marne-la-Vallée;
1996 "Family Album", Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine
Arts Museum; 1992 "Horizon of Korean Photography",
Seoul Fine Arts Museum, Korea; 1989 "Something About
Gauguin", First Gallery New York