2008 Taipei Biennial / 2008 台北雙年展

Description:The 6th Taipei Biennial does not have a single theme, but a constellation of correlated themes, most of which address the chaotic states of things in this time of globalization. The exhibition engages with the city of Taipei in various ways. It does not only take place in the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, but also exists in a range of urban spaces. This guide book includes preface by the curators and brief introductions about the exhibited works.

Language/s:Chinese - Traditional
:TSUI Kuangyu(崔廣宇)WONG Hoycheong(黃海昌)WU Mali(吳瑪俐)GU Minja(구민자)CHE Onejoon(최원준)LIU Wei(劉偉)YU Chengta(余政達)Jun YANG(楊俊)Bbrother(塗鴉客)
:Vasif KORTUNHSU Manray(徐文瑞)
Publisher/Organiser:Taipei Fine Arts Museum (Taipei - Taiwan)

Venue/s:Taipei Fine Arts Museum (Taipei - Taiwan)
Various locations (Taipei - Taiwan)
Year of Publication:2008
ISBN / ISSN:9789860152937


Secret Garden
Installation, 6.3m x 7m x 2.7m, 2008
타이페이의 거리에서 마치 도시의 상징처럼 눈에 띄는 것 중 하나는 다양한 디자인과 색깔, 그리고 사용할 수 있는 공간을 늘리려는 듯 한껏 과장되게 튀어나온 독특한 모습의 방범창이다. 그 모습을 바탕으로 아주 모던한 사각형의 조합들로 지어진 타이페이 시립미술관의 창문에 타이페이의 전형적인 방범창을 디자인하여 설치하였다.
One of the things a first-time visitor to Taipei notices are the ever-present 'anti-crime' windows that sometimes extend to the upper floors of buildings, at a height that even the most talented of thieves would find impossible to overcome. The local praxis of veiling windows and balconies upsets the standardised force of residential architecture by being 'customised' and allowing new adoptive functions. The contradictions between the original architecture and the lived-space that then takes over, are more inventive, varied and visible in non-western cultures and in buildings where people of lower economical means reside. Minja Gu transposes this vernacular tradition to the Museum which is one of the most well-regulated, institutional models in the world. Museums generally spurn additions to their architecture, but Gu undermines this rigid approach by transforming one of the bulky ubiquitous windows of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum into an 'anti-crime' window jammed with a collection of chachkas. She borrows from the everyday and gives back to it..

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