‘Diachronic Apparatuses of Taiwan – Architecture as on-going details within landscape’, Taiwan Pavilion of 18th International Architecture Exhibition
May 20 @ 10:00 am - November 26 @ 6:00 pm
Organized by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA) under the Ministry of Culture, Diachronic Apparatuses of Taiwan – Architecture as on-going details within landscape, curated by the Architectural Department of Tunghai University for the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, will be exhibited at Palazzo delle Prigioni in Venice, Italy, from May 20 to November 26, 2023.Through an inventory of agricultural landscapes across different altitudes and latitudes in Taiwan, this year’s presentation illustrates how
people have used their knowledge and technology to shape diverse building forms in a bid to tame the environment. The objective is to initiate a dialogue between synthetic and real ground, and also to relearn from the countryside.
The curation of Diachronic Apparatuses of Taiwan – Architecture as on-going details within landscape echoes the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia’s theme of The Laboratory of the Future. It posits that the next chapter of the 21st century may require us to take a detour, along which we must pay attention to and restore the surroundings that have been forgotten in the wake of progress. The curatorial team revisited Taiwan’s geography to look for signposts pointing to a brighter future in “real life”. In Diachronic Apparatuses of Taiwan – Architecture as on-going details within landscape, the curatorial team examines Taiwan’s agricultural landscapes at varying altitudes through a “cross-sectional” perspective, discovering the “modified” aspects to them. Be it the oyster farm shelters off the coast of Chiayi, the greenhouses on the Chianan Plain, or the tea plantations in Lishan, they can all be considered humanity’s tectonic responses to the environment, “modifications” resulting from the identification and understanding of, as well as adaptation to, the characteristics and timing of the solar terms and other natural processes. The curatorial team has proposed six key words, namely “negotiator”, “duality”, “prosthesis”, “domesticity”, “intermediary” and “filter”, in response to how people clash with nature and also make compromises to facilitate mutual prosperity across different landscapes in Taiwan, thereby unearthing possibilities for the future development of Taiwanese architecture.
It is worth mentioning that this year’s team has taken a school-centric curatorial approach and adopted a joint participation model for the first time in the form of a “Teaching Alliance”. In addition to having close ties with the architectural education scene, the main works of the exhibition are jointly completed by the teachers and students from the Architectural Department of Tunghai University. Furthermore, the renowned architecture faculties of National Cheng Kung University, Tamkang University, Feng Chia University and Chung Yuan Christian University have also been invited to participate, enabling more dynamic experimentation and execution. All the exhibits will be showcased alongside each other in this year’s Taiwan Collateral Event.
Palazzo delle Prigioni, where the Taiwan Collateral Event will be located, is a unique historic structure and former prison. The curatorial team will divide the interior into four exhibition areas, namely “Landscape Documents”, “Threshold Corridor”, “Video Projection” and “Studio
Propositions”, according to its architectural space. The venue’s vertical central wall and a horizontal black line will demarcate the boundaries of the four areas, while a big table will expand and unify these divisions as one spatial construct. Recorded audio and video will also be played in the exhibition space, with the sounds of Taiwan’s natural environment, newly arranged music and curated footage becoming instruments that can measure time and space, thus enabling viewers to open up their senses and experience the flow of real life in Taiwan.