Balcony city series- The quotation of building block urban.
As a Project Collaborator in this project, I feel satisfied to accomplish his works by small action. When i invited local people to join with me, it’s really fun and interesting to collaborate with them. They are residency from different cities, however they are part of artists as well, creating their new imagination with cities, with their talent instinct!!
Outsiders Factory will help artist Lin Shu-Kai’s “Ex-situ project of Balcony City”. This project will begin from June, 2012. We will use 2 year to “immigrate” Lin’s work at least for 30 countries in 5 continents.
The concepts of artist Lin Shu-Kai, The Balcony City Series—The Quotations of Building Block City
For those worldwide friends who want to join in Immigration Plan, I will deliver building blocks through the mail. All you have to do is search for a suitable place (your own residency, street/lane or local scenic spots, etc.), and fabricate the Building Block City as you wish. The last step is to take a photo and leave. You can choose to leave the blocks behind or bring them with you and keep traveling, or of course you can keep the blocks, or they can be gifts for your friends, but remember to send me the photos you take, and fill out the form (the file is attached). Besides the basic information, please write down your Immigration Plan imaginings, thoughts or the imaginings of your city (a sentence, a photo or a drawing). Lastly, I will combine all the information with a drawing through my imagination, and will make a print to send back to all the participators.
My father works in a traditional mold casting factory. I transform and combine his professional experience into my work called “The Balcony City Series—The Quotations of Building Block City”. By the way of transforming and reforming industrial wooden boxes and molds from my father, I express connection among the three parts: living experience in a city, sunset industry and family memory. The connecting way is a special ceremony, as art making summons my familiar personal history back. Within the interactions of fiction, truth, memory or the moment, I’m searching for the past fragments of memory and images. Those balcony-sized cities I made are stacked like building block, layer by layer.
In fact, it shows the overlap and illusion between reality and un-reality of citizens. Compared with some other possible conditions, artists all stay in those boxes (studio) situations, and try to make their own discriminations and imitations for their boxes. Artists rebuild and collect personal image memory, and in the process of re-summoning and re-casting, it also enters into the situation of self-cognition and self-discovery. As a matter of fact, artists always want to touch the personal life experience to make a new projection of reality, and moreover, go back to the valuable position of their existence. They think of whether they really exist or not in the space which they built. These molds in my work are the first line of industrial production; at last they should be copied and produced in a great quantity and go back to human life. The phenomenon indicates the practice of copy /stacking in a city space. And of course it also describes the city desire which is stacking through different human stories, issues and memory. Ponder on the interaction and the meaning between an ordered city and a chaos city. The city keeps changing and renewing, and I also train myself to observe the city environment. For the purposes of my art, it will be a “Guide” to show the effects of both thinking and practice. People, issues and things keep breeding again and again in a city, and actually make many tiny ecological systems—many organic tribes. Through the act of adjoining the subjects I made, they all live together in my creative structure, and naturally form a special organic ecology by themselves.
＊The content of the Immigration Plan has two main points:
Firstly, I will treat every city I visit as a tribe, finding suitable places for fabricating my Building Block City, and try to match up the local stories and city types. Besides, I will also try to find perfect places to build a “flash” city, (like a flash mob) my Building Block City piece. Secondly, while residing in the International Art Village, the residency will be a base station. Through the linking with worldwide people, I will try to move to different countries and dialogize with them. If someone can help me, I will deliver building blocks to the person through the mail; after the person rebuilds the building blocks in his/her country, I will ask them to send the images back to me to my blog.
”The Balcony City—The Quotations of Building Block City” Immigration Plan will plan to show in 50 countries and cities. The last step will be the use of the Google search concept, linking document, image and illustration to a world of an “imaginary nation” picture. During the residency period, I will collect local material (including local industrial molds); after coming back to Taiwan, I will combine those materials with the Building Block Series to make a larger Building Block City. In addition to the installation of Building Block City, I will make a completed document to show the process of the residency.
I imagine my physical “models” of buildings and communities are residency places; I look at them the way that I look at a map. The map/cosmic perspective is a bird’s eye view of the imaginary living people, issues and things. It’s a kind of microcosmic world into which I peep at the tiny parts, or perhaps, inside my own heart.
Through the conversation and interaction of human beings, I wish to practice my own Immigration Plan. I use blogs to link up many tiny tribes (personal residents) to form a global or larger community, and use the Google Map concept to describe the type or idea of the little tribes’ stories in an expanded world.
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