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Taipei Original Festival

Taipei Original Festival

The 2015 Taipei Original FestivalCreators are said to be optimistic because they have a dream.
Creators are said to be brave because they have faith.
Creators are said to be dedicated because they have determination.
Creators are said to be lucky because they derive their self-worth.
Many twists and turns are transcribed into a series of touching stories.

Since 2012, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has held the Taipei Original Festival at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei.

Themed “Feel the Warmth” (溫度), the 2018 Taipei Original Festival ran from December 7 through December 16 in the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, letting audiences see the subtleties in their daily life, feel the warmth of human contact, and experience moments that touch the heart.
 
“Feel the Warmth of the Island” (島嶼有溫度)
Taiwan, formed by crustal movements, is an island of mountains and rivers. It’s our hometown. It’s where we live every day. It contains people’s memories of the past and expectations of the future.
 
For Yuma Taru (尤瑪.達陸), the process of learning to weave was a long hard journey with countless surprises. Her artwork “Mountains in Autumn” (秋山) showed the beauty of forests in early autumn in the Atayal tribe. The artist used the traditional shawl patterns of different Atayal sub-tribes to convey the creativity of weaving, as well as the processes of planting, harvesting, producing yarn and dying.
 
Tsao Liang-pin’s (曹良賓) project, titled “Feel the Warmth on the Island” (島嶼的溫度), presented the island’s different aspects from the perspectives of four artists: Wu Cheng-chang (吳政璋), Liu Yun-yi (劉芸怡), Li Hao (李浩), and Lee Yeh-lin (李岳凌).
 
Joe Fang’s (方序中) unforgettable childhood memory was the ordinary task of drying the laundry in the backyard of his grandmother’s house in Donggang Township, Pingtung County. The scent of drying clothes became a source of inspiration for Fang’s creative artwork “Memory Puzzle NO.2” (記憶拼圖 NO.2). He invited three photographers to capture their personal memories of drying the laundry in their homes.
 
“Feel the Warmth on the Land” (土地有溫度)
The natural landscape seems ordinary, but its constant transformations add different surprises into people’s life. This year’s Taipei Original Festival promoted cross-disciplinary collaboration between craftsmen and creative teams using clay and bamboo to make their own creations.
 
Simple but timeless pottery that exists in daily life is actually a ceramic end product of high temperature processes. The ceramic technology, wood-fired pottery in particular, bonds humans and temperature. Covered in sweat, craftsmen would sometimes hold their breath amid temperature changes in wood fired kilns. When the craftsmen concentrate on their work, heaven and earth seem to have become one.
 
The “Ashing Hill” (荒燼之丘) from EarthingWay (地衣荒物), a craft shop in Taipei, was created by ceramic artist Chang Ying-kang (張膺康), who had drawn inspiration from the process of wood fired ceramics.
 
Before using it as material for artwork or even for building, bamboo needs to go through a series of temperature-related processes such as decontamination, drying, processing, and coloring. The Association of Humanitarian Architecture (台灣義築協會), Taipei Municipal Da-An Vocational High School, and Taipei Municipal Nangang Vocational High School, as well as bamboo artists Yang Sheng-hui (楊盛輝) and Zeng Shu-hui (曾淑惠) worked together to create the artwork “Handmade Bamboo House” (手做的溫度). The public is invited to enter this delicate hand-woven structure made possible by bamboo-weaving masters’ superb skills and the resilience of this natural building material. This artwork also emphasizes the importance of cooperation and inheritance of craftsmanship.
 
In addition, the all-male a cappella group “VOX Vocal Band” (VOX玩聲樂團); the “Formosa Circus Art” (FOCA福爾摩沙馬戲團), which combines culture and stunts; the “Azua Indigenous Band” (Azua原住民樂團) with warm singing; and Cheng Yi-fen (鄭宜雰), a guitar duo conveying the beauty of land and music, created beautiful music that made everyone feel the warmth of the land
 
“Feel the Warmth of the Faith” (信仰有溫度)
In the modern city, people often forget that early markets usually sprang from faith communities. People would gather and gossip around temples where they also engaged in economic activities that then drove the development of industries and formed cultures.
 
For Wu Tsan-cheng (吳燦政), sound is not only slow or fast, but also a backdrop for human spirituality and an expression of people’s moods. In his artwork “Beyond Silence” (寂靜之外), Wu used multi-layered mixing to compile the conversations, noises and whispers in some places where people gathered in their daily lives. Compared to the hustle and bustle of ordinary life, the need for silent prayer in temples has provided many people the needed sustenance and stability for their daily lives.
 
In her art installation “Spiral Incense Mantra” (香環咒), Tsai Char-wei (蔡佳葳) wrote the inscriptions on the spiral incenses hand-made by an old incense factory in Kaohsiung. Viewers could then calm their minds in a state of meditation with the help of the spiral incenses.
 
“Feel the Warmth in the Hand Brewing Workshops” (手釀有溫度)
A mellow taste is created with brew experts on the good quality of the process from planting fruit trees to fruit production. The delicious flavor of food does not always come from the way food ingredients are harvested, but lies in the fermentation process.
 
The theme of this year’s festival focused on three fermented foods: beer, soy sauce, and cocoa. Guided by food experts including Alchemist Beer Co. (禾餘麥酒) founder Robert Chen (陳相全), On the Grounder (土生土長) founder Ku Wei (顧瑋), CIAO Flower Design (巧偶花藝) founder Lin Che-wei (林哲瑋), Temperature Studio (溫度物所) founders Isaac Chang and Wayne Dai, and local artist Miki Wei (魏琪), participants better understood how food reacted to temperature changes. Through the artist’s superb skills, the exhibits conveyed the interaction between temperature, humans, and the fermentation process.
 
“Taiwan, A Good Home” (好家,在臺灣)
An ideal life should never be compromised
The “Taiwan, A Good Home” (好家,在臺灣) is an annual cultural and creative event. An extension of Taipei Original Festival, this year’s event at the No. 5 Warehouse in the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park presented the cross-disciplinary cooperation between people who insist on making satisfactory and safe cuisine and experts who refuse to surrender their culinary creativity.
 
In addition, the exhibition also had well-received “Good Home Workshops” (好家工作坊) and “Good Home Concerts” (好家音樂會) that added an energetic, social dimension into this community filled with strong human touch and creativity.
 
Collect stamps in each pavilion during Taipei Original Festival
By collecting stamps and playing interactive games, the public was invited to take a short trip to the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park to enjoy the beauty of the park or simply enjoy a good day.
 
The organizers also held a wide variety of events, such as guided walking tours in the communities, the “idea TAIPEI” creative workshop, the SongYan Oasis Park (松菸小綠洲), and the Goods Market for Art and Craft (東西好文創市集). The SongYan Gallery (松菸小賣所), SongYan Style Gallery (松菸風格店家), and SongYan Creative Hub (松菸創作者工廠) also worked together to deliver the spirit of originality through a wide range of wonderful events.