Tracing Sites @Kaohsiung
19699, Pier2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, TWN, 2015
Tracing Sites is the project that traces Kaohsiung city itself, for knowing what the contemporary city is. This is also an attempt to create an Arch-typography of a contemporary city.
The contemporary city is made up of many overlapping and circulating factors such as politics, economics, ethics, history, and so on. They are huge and so complicated that they are beyond the scope of what we can “know.” Tracing Sites is an attempt to get closer to the “City” that we seem to know so well, but actually do not.
The city of Kaohsiung looks like any city in any advanced country. Modern architecture, skyscrapers, huge supermarkets, convenience stores, historical architecture from the Japanese colonial era, Chinese streets full of billboards, and various religious facilities are all mixed irregularly, and we feel strange feeling many times while walking around the city. What is this feeling? It is a feeling that is hard to explain, hard to put into words. Nostalgic? A sense of déjà vu? To find the reason, we walk around the city, take a camera, trace earnestly, and ponder, just as many artists have obsessively painted their subjects to grasp them.
It looks like Tokyo, it looks like Seoul, it looks like Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and other cities in Southeast Asia, and of course it looks like China. We extract the contemporary city itself from the Kaohsiung cityscape which looks like anywhere, and form a city that looks like anywhere but is nowhere by Stickers-drawing (Stippling by office stickers).
Tracing Sites @Kaohsiung
19699, Pier2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, TWN, 2015
Mixed Medium, Dimension Variable

With support from: Pier2 Art Center, Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Kaohsiung City Government, Kaohsiung, TWN
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