Chiayi

Shine On the Infinity

The Powerful Taiwan Pump

With background heroes from 18 different cities and townships in Chiayi county rising and shining for work every day, the industries of the whole island of Taiwan are able to function accordingly.

The exhibit welcomes its audience with a big traditional theatrical stage at the entrance. The more splendid the stage is, the harder work there is for its preparation. And Chiayi county is like the usually unseen crew members in theaters. They work hard and diligently with strong spirits, pushing all the limits to carry out every perfect performance. After passing through the stage and entering the supposedly “backstage area”, 18 screens come into sight, representing the 18 cities and townships of Chiayi county, displaying their own stories, and indicating the unsung heroes of Chiayi county can finally be seen and celebrated. The design for the screens and formation was inspired by the famous cultural festival for Yuci-Yegong Temple in Lucao township, where hundreds of colorful and distinct stages lined up at a side of the road, performing and celebrating the birth of Yuci-Yegong. Borrowing from the festival’s local culture and feelings, the exhibit not only introduces the vibrant and collective energy of 18 different stages upstaging one another like the festival, but also showcases the ceremonial side of Chiayi county, about the simple and grateful attitude toward nature, gods, and beliefs.

The main stage in the exhibit overlooks the 18 Chiayi representatives before it, seeing their individual uniquenesses and the combination of workers from all walks of life. It also provides the audience a broader viewpoint of the 18 screens, and a chance of seeing how the craftsmen do their work on stage.

In order to better explain the craftsmen’s spirit of Chiayi county, the concept of “the Heavens are in motion ceaselessly; the enlightened exert themselves constantly” from I Ching was introduced to wrap up the entire exhibit. In the interactive area with pinball machines, the design of the light bars was based on the “Hexagram Qian” that represents that meaning. On every pinball machine, popular hashtags of each township collected from social media will be shown on it, summing up with fun and depth. From natural resources under the Tropic of Cancer to professions of all walks of life, keeping a craftsman’s attitude toward works and the spirit of solidness, all the qualities above unify into a force of waking the beating heart of Taiwan. And that is Chiayi county, the powerful pump of Taiwan.

Implementer

Our Theatre

Our Theatre is the first performing arts group for contemporary theatre to be officially established in the greater Chiayi area. It intentionally distances itself from the metropolitan areas and chooses Chiayi as its base. The troupe focuses on folk culture and common people and is devoted to developing productions from a southern point of view and experimenting with a new generation of Taiwanese-language works. It strives to set a new direction for the development of art and culture in Chiayi. At the same time, it is constantly aware of the question of how theatre should connect with people and society.

II Design

II Design has been established since 2015 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Today, we could be found in both Tainan and Taipei. II Design was devoted to the innovations of design methods and experiment with material. We prefer to create a better space with unexpected sparks for both of the designer and the client, rather than just provide a room to fulfill the requirement. II Design refuses to stay still. We believe all the wonderful ideas come from ruminating over the life and space.

Curator

 
Founder and Artistic Director of Our Theatre
WANG Jhao-cian
Encouraged by his mentor, Professor LU Ai-ling, he returned to his hometown and founded Our Theatre after graduating from National Taipei University of the Arts. Our Theatre’s mission is to bridge folk culture and modern theater, by conducting in-depth fieldwork at home and actively seeking opportunities to bring locally-rooted productions to the international stage. He also founded an experimental theater venue called Sinkagitso in Chiayi City in 2018.
 
Founder of II Design and Moozhe
Zutto Wu
He is not an interior designer who came from ‘pure-blood’ background. But with his ‘outsider’ thinking, he brought out outstanding works again and again in recent years. Zutto has a firm faith that a good space could not be created without cultural implications. All the concepts and processes of Zutto’s design came from cultures. Therefore, his works are more than a dazzling glance of fireworks, like a moving moment stay deeply and lastingly in the mind.

Location

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H1 The Law of Bellefs

The Making of 100% Pure Belief

H2 Craft Land

Vote on the future together with the faith of craft

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H4 The Tropic of Cancer Route

The Inner Path

H5 Shine on The Infinity

The Powerful Taiwan Pump

H6 The Tales From Where The Land Emerged
h1 h2 h3 h4 h5 h6
H1 The Law of Bellefs

The Making of 100% Pure Belief

H2 Craft Land

Vote on the future together with the faith of craft

H3 coopoflove
H4 The Tropic of Cancer Route

The Inner Path

H5 Shine on The Infinity

The Powerful Taiwan Pump

H6 The Tales From Where The Land Emerged
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