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Explore arts events in the cultured district of Zhongshan

By Yali Chen
 
A series of arts and cultural events, held by Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), has kicked off in the culturally rich neighborhoods of Zhongshan and will run until October 28. The one-and-a-half-month events include 3 pieces of installation artwork, 10 cross-disciplinary literary creative activities, 10 indie concerts, and 6 Zhongshan walking tours.

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The DCA Commissioner Chung Yung-feng (fourth from left) attends the Sept. 14 press conference
to announce the kickoff of arts and cultural events in the Zhongshan District.

 
At the opening ceremony on September 14, the DCA Commissioner Chung Yung-feng said that unlike the past cultural activities held by the DCA, this year’s events have attracted local stores, the community, local designers, and artists to take part in an art dialogue and enable the public to feel the touch of Taiwan’s local arts and culture.

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Taiwan’s artist Wang Ching-fu uses a traditional Chinese character “cai (財, meaning ‘fortune’)
to explain the ideas behind his creation.

 
With a long history of development, the Zhongshan Shuanglian District is filled with the strong human touch of historic neighborhoods. Diverse architectural styles also provide a retro, tranquil, and beautiful backdrop for this area.

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Taiwanese artist Hsu Ting-jui’s artwork “The Young” allows the public
to take photos on horseback.

 
The Taipei City Government did a comprehensive planning and design for the Zhongshan Underground Book Street last year, and a renovation plan for the MRT Zhongshan Shaunglian Belt Park at the beginning of the year to offer the public new cultural experiences.

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“The Young,” by Taiwan’s artist Hsu Ting-jui, an installation artwork of three iron horses.
 
The first piece of installation artwork was created by local artist Wang Ching-fu who used traditional Chinese characters such as “chuan (傳, meaning something handed down from generation to generation);” “cai (財, meaning ‘fortune’);” and “fu (福, meaning ‘good luck’)” Local shops and residents helped select the characters. By using dark iron plates, the artist created galvanized metal word art to highlight Chifeng Street, once known as the “iron street,” in the Zhongshan District.

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“Black Widow,” by French artist Djeff, has motion sensors that create optical illusions.
 
The second piece “The Young,” created by Taiwanese metal artist Hsu Ting-jui, is an installation artwork of three iron horses. It aims to arouse childhood memories among the local residents.
 
The last one “Black Widow,” created by French contemporary artist Djeff, is an interactive installation of a bewitching spider web. Lights installed on the floor create an optical illusion for viewers. The installation seeks to transmit the need to care for the environment.