Posted by: QQmei | May 23, 2014

敞開心胸 擁抱異文化國際交流

By Amy  (“來去海口住一個月” Volunteer)

Amy (middle) , Maurice (left) and Sam very much enjoyed the Folly that they builded together.

在完成25天的2014成龍濕地國際環境藝術節志工活動後,最大的收穫就是從藝術家們身上深刻體會到異文化的人文思考與創作精神。

我的老闆是荷蘭籍藝術家Maurice Meewisse(我們都戲稱自己負責協助的藝術家為”老闆”)。Maurice是一個叛逆、反骨、調皮、不受拘束、追求自由,卻也充滿深度人文關懷的藝術家。

Maurice的創作方式為,先幫魚寮主人修復破損的魚寮,接著複製已修復過的魚寮結構,亦即依照相同比例的長寬高與斜率、角度進行縮小複製,最後將複製品重新組成一間全新的魚寮,我們稱呼這新的魚寮藝術品為Folly,Folly就位於希望魚寮的中段路上,由在地村民決定之後的用途,也許是村民歇腳喝口茶的地方、遊客的涼亭,或是孩子們的秘密基地。

過程中修復了九間不同的魚寮,共有兩個屋頂、兩面牆、一個地板、一扇窗子與三扇門,並對修復過的物件塗上鮮艷的顏色,重新賦予魚寮活力,希望透過藝術家的修復,能喚起主人對魚寮功能性以外的重視,例如視覺上的欣賞,因為美麗的魚寮也會讓主人重新愛上自己的魚寮、喜歡自己的魚寮、有活力的勞動著,並有自信的與他人分享這一間間美麗的魚寮。

雖然有不少魚寮主人希望Maurice可以進行更多的修復與建設,但Maurice堅持不幫魚寮主人修復整間魚寮,其實背後是有其目的的,然而藝術家所希望醞釀發酵的目地竟也真的實現了……就在Maurice幫其中一位魚寮主人John換上一扇漆上鮮艷大紅色的全新拼裝木門後,隔三天的早上,John開著小貨車載著一袋袋的水泥來為自己的魚寮重新整理地面,平順鋪上的水泥並重新整理了原本髒亂的魚寮,現在John的魚寮變得又漂亮、又乾淨,這就是Maurice希望透過藝術而能發生的化學作用。因為每年藝術家完成創作之後就離開了成龍村,但村民會繼續留下來生活,因此若在作品完成之後能夠再多產生一些什麼效應,甚至讓村民自行主動參與,亦是Maurice期待的結果,但也萬萬沒想到在這麼短的時間內就讓他親眼看到了,這正向回饋也讓Maurice非常開心。

除完成作品創作,藝術家們必須在藝術節開幕活動中設計與遊客互動的DIY內容,Maurice不以手作DIY內容為方向,反而嘗試帶入荷蘭人生活中很重要的Coffee break習慣,即便他知道大部分村民喝茶,但卻可同時加深異文化交流的機會,相互認識不同國家的民情風俗。Maurice與遊客的互動就是一場行為藝術的精彩演出,首先出聲邀請路過的遊客過橋到Folly、請遊客進入Folly坐下、端上一杯咖啡、開始說明Coffee break在荷蘭人日常生活的重要性、聊聊Folly的創作想法,透過坐下來喝咖啡、相互聊聊天之後,便退出Folly,讓出該空間的隱私以便遊客好好欣賞、反覆咀嚼體會。對我來說,Maurice的作法同時也是一種策展的延伸思考,國際藝術節理應有見到更多元的方式以及更寬廣的面向,更可以給村民與來自各地的台灣遊客更有趣的藝術節經驗。

跟著Maurice一起工作,讓我們變得又黑又壯,因為他什麼事情都願意讓志工來嘗試,舉凡使用釘槍、圓鋸、鍊鋸、剖竹子、攪拌水泥、拆除爛牆、爬上屋頂修復破損屋瓦,甚至會與志工共同思考創作的方向與可能使用的方式等等,Maurice說希望透過各種經驗的嘗試,也豐富志工的生活,他總是希望志工能有所收穫與體驗,才不為枉然這一個月的時間,我與另一位志工Sam都覺得自己非常幸運能遇到勞動手作的藝術家老闆,也時常能感受到Maurice對志工們的信任,一整天八小時的工作相處,也談論到了彼此的生活、愛情、國家的狀況與人生觀,這對我們來說都是寶貴的人生歷練交換時刻。有一天早上,Maurice衝向我們,大聲的對我們說:「恭喜台灣,因為台灣人的上街抗議遊行,讓你們的總統發表停建核四的宣言」,他的這番話當下震撼了我,原來一個外國藝術家會如此關心台灣的國家大事,甚至比台灣人還要關心,之前的太陽花學運他也在關注、之後的反核四遊行抗爭他依舊持續關心,我問過他為什麼來到台灣會如此關心我們的國家大事呢?Maurice淡淡的說,關心在地發生的事情原本就是藝術家應該要去關注的事情,藝術不是只有單方面的創作,更因進一步瞭解當地發生的事情,而且他向來都會關注國家大事。他的態度也再次提醒我們:自己的國家自己救,視野與關心的層次不應該僅停留在自己的生活圈,自己國家的事情應該要有更多人來關心並參與討論才是。

Maurice的村民志工小白鷺曾經很可愛的說出:「下次可以不要抽籤抽到這麼搞怪的藝術家嗎?」在場的志工們也脫口說出,遇到不同國家的藝術家反而是你的幸運啊,因此更可體會到國際文化交流的意義,認識不同文化背景、不同性格、不同思考模式的外國人,不就是這個藝術節的意義之所在嗎?這可是其他人求之不得的機會呢!

小白鷺的心聲,也再次提醒我們自己,舉辦以國際為名的藝術節其前提更應以開闊的胸襟、開放的思考,包容不同國家的文化觀點、風俗民情,相互尊重、彼此幫忙,維護在地文化與習慣之餘,也應多一分對外國人的關懷,調整更具彈性的規定,以幫助外國人更融入台灣生活,甚至取得兩者間的協調。再次感謝成龍村村民、感謝2014成龍濕地國際環境藝術節、感謝6位來自台灣與世界各地的藝術家,讓我有這個深刻與豐富感受的25天。謝謝大家,辛苦了~

最後Maurice Meewisse的名言是Rebel, be cynical and critical,以此與大家共同分享、持續思考。

Posted by: janeingramallen | May 4, 2014

2014 Artworks Finished!

The 2014 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project with the theme of “Fishing for a Better Environment” opened on Friday, May 2, with an official ceremony and speeches by government sponsors and the administrators of the project.  Curator Jane Ingram Allen introduced the six 2014 artists and thanked the volunteers and the fishing hut owners and all Cheng Long villagers for their help with this year’s art project.

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Representatives from the Yunlin County government and the Taiwan Forestry Bureau, sponsors of the Cheng Long art project also made speeches about the art project at the opening ceremony. After the official opening ceremony the visitors and press representatives followed the artists to a tour of the artworks, and each artist made a short presentation about their artwork.  After the opening of the exhibition all the artists, volunteers, sponsors and others were treated to a fantastic lunch at the nearby noodle factory restaurant.  For dinner that evening Maurice Meewisse and Katie Surridge and other artists and volunteers made a special Dutch dinner and it was served by candlelight.  Everything tasted delicious!

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This year the artworks were different and used natural and recycled materials and are sited in the fishing hut area.   Artists had to work with their fishing hut owner to reach agreement about what could be done there.  I think the artworks are powerful this year in a different way than in the past years;  the impact is not so much a monumental visual artwork, but the concepts and the process of the works will have a big effect on the thinking of the Cheng Long people and visitors.   There are ideas expressed about alternative energy, using ordinary earth to make a functioning cooking oven, using recycled materials in creative and innovativ ways and bamboo and other local natural materials.  Some of the works also directly improve the environment of this part of Cheng Long and hopefully encourages the people to continue improving the environment and thinking about environmental issues.  The children of Cheng Long are even more involved this year  with the art project and the international cultural exchange process and are now interacting freely and speaking English with the artists from all over the world.

Below are photos and a brief description of each of the six 2014 artworks:

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Title:  Space for Purification

Materials:  bamboo, recycled plastic bottles, cord, various mechanical parts

This artwork includes a working system to take dirty salty water from the canal and with solar and wind energy passing the water through the clear plastic bottles so it condenses and produces some pure fresh water that could be used to water plants or other purposes in the fishing hut area.

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Kathy Bruce, USA

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Title:  Big Fish Through Wall

Materials:  Bamboo, raffia, twine

This artwork shows a giant milkfish (the most common fish raised in Cheng Long fish farms) going through the walls of a fishing hut with the tail on one side and the head coming out over the fish pond.

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Katie Surridge, UK

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Materials:  Recycled materials, earth, seeds, plants, plywood, tiles, dishes, etc.

Katie’s artwork included many parts; it visually improved an existing vegetable garden at a fishing hut and she added stone walls, removed debris, added planters and a seating area and also made murals for her fishing hut installation.

 

 

Artist Maurice Meewisse, Netherlands

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Title:  Hut (Folly)

Materials:  various lumber and hardware materials, purchased and recycled materials, bamboo, twine, etc.

Maurice’s artwork is a conceptual project that involves the artist relating to the local fishermen by his labor.  He talked with fishing hut owners to discover their needs and repaired about 10 huts in some way, sometimes putting in windows, repairing roofs, doors and walls.  His artwork also included the construction of a “folly” hut that is a sort of record of his work on the fishing huts and includes various parts put together to make a unique seating area at the fishing hut area.

 

 

Artist:  LaLa Wang, Taiwan

Title:  Hopes Hide Inside

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Materials:  recycled fabric from old clothing collected in Cheng Long, recycled plastic bottle caps, old black fishing net and twine

This artwork wraps up a fishing hut as if it were a gift.

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Thiery Godet, France

Title:  Between Two

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Materials:  Earth, dried grass, found fire bricks, various wood for burning

This art installation consists of a working oven for cooking fish, bread, pizza, sweet potatoes and many other things.  The oven is made from local earth mixed with dried grass and recycled fire bricks.  It is in the shape of a bird with folded wings,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2014 artworks will remain on view in the fishing hut area at Cheng Long for one year, and the 2015 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project will be next April with a new theme and new artists and environmental art installations.

The artists will return to their homes on Monday, April 5, and a farewell dinner is scheduled for Sunday, May 4.  Public Activities (DIY) continues today at the fishing hut area in Cheng Long.  Each artist is at their site to explain the works and do some activity with the visitors.  Public activities on Sunday are 10AM to Noon and again in the afternoon from 2PM to 5:30 PM.  Come and join us in Cheng Long village, Yunlin County, Taiwan.

The curator of the Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project is Jane Ingram Allen (wwwljaneingramallen.com) and the photos on this Blog are by Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com)

 

 

 

Posted by: janeingramallen | April 26, 2014

Progress continues on the 2014 art installations

Joaquin Fargas, 2014 artist from Argentina, and his volunteers continue working on the bamboo structure for the windmill that is part of his installation titled “Space for Purification.”

 

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American artist Kathy Bruce and her two volunteers are putting the finishing touches on the fish head that is part of her installation titled “Big Fish Through Wall.”

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Katie Surridge, artist  from England, and her volunteers have completed setting all the bottle pieces in her “big wave” mural, and now they are grouting the mural on her fishing hut.

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Taiwanese artist LaLa Wang is continuing to make many flowers of recycled fabric and plastic bottle caps, and has started putting the flowers on the recycled fishing net and construction of the bow for her installation titled “Hopes Hide Inside”.

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Maurice Meewisse, artist from Holland,  continues to make repairs on the fishing huts in Cheng Long, and he is making a “folly” hut with his two volunteers to record all of the repairs.  The folly hut will be a community place for fishermen and villager to relax with a view of the water.  Here is a photo of a fishing hut roof that Maurice and his volunteers repaired with red roofing tiles.

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Here you can see Maurice and his two volunteers jumping on the bridge he made for the fishing hut area and testing its strength.  The bridge is made from recycled material and Maurice decided to paint the recycled metal beams a bright blue green color.

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Thierry Godet, artist from France now living in Berlin, has already cooked some bread in his oven!  The bread was delicious, and we all enjoyed some of the homemade bread cooked in Thierry’s oven.

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He is also planning to bake some sweet potatoes and maybe other food in his oven.  You can also see some finishing touches Theirry and his volunteers have made to the form and construction of his big oven by one of the fishing huts.

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Keep watching this Blog as the 2014 artists finish their installations.  The opening ceremony is Friday May 2 at 10 AM, and there will be DIY activities with the artists in the Cheng Long fishing hut area on Sat. and Sunday May 3 and 4.

The Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project is curated by Jane Ingram Allen (www.janeingramallen.com) and the photos on this Blog are by Timothy S. Allen (http://allentimephotos2.wordpress.com).

Posted by: janeingramallen | April 26, 2014

Continuing Progress on the 2014 Cheng Long art installations

All of the artists and volunteers are working very hard now on their sculpture installations for the 2014 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project.  Here you can see artist Maurice Meewisse and his two volunteers repairing a wall on a Cheng Long fishing hut.  This hut was in really bad shape and so they had to tear down some patched up parts of the wall, and Maurice decided to make a new really nice plywood wall painted Chinese red so that it will be very visible as visitors come down the road next to the Wetlands to enter the fishing hut area where the installations are sited for this year.

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Artist Katie Surridge and her volunteers are continuing to make the big wave mural on the side of her fishing hut.  They are using the bottom of Taiwan beer bottles, a nice dark green color for the mosaic.

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Kathy Bruce and her two volunteers are continuing to work on the head of the big fish for her sculpture installation titled “Big Fish Through Wall”.  She is constructing it on the side of another fishing hut for now, but it will be moved and installed on the fish pond side of the wall on the same hut that the tail is coming out of.  The space to work over the pond is very small so it will be installed there sometime next week when construction is completed.

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Taiwanese artist LaLa Wang is continuing to make many flowers for her hut installation using recycled fabric and plastic bottle caps.  Now she is starting to put the flowers on some recycled pieces of old black fishing net…the netting will be attached to the hut like ribbon for her “gift” installation.

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Thiery Godet is continuing work on his big oven and adding final touches to the form and structure.  He has also built a fires inside and it holds heat well.  The small ovens made by his 5th grade class have also made a door into their small ovens and added a new layer of mud at the bottom to make the ovens have more space inside.  Next Thursday the kids will get to build a small fire in their ovens!

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Artist Joaquin Fargas and his volunteers are continuing work on the windmill and solar energy installation he is making for a fishing hut in Cheng Long

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Keep looking at this Blog to see the artists and volunteers finish the installations soon!

Our opening ceremony will be Friday, May 2, 10AM, and the public opening activities with the artists will take place on Saturday and Sunday May 3 an 4 in Cheng Long village at the fishing hut area.

The Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project is curated by Jane Ingram Allen (www.janeingramallen.com) and the photos on this Blog are by Timothy S. Allen (http://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com).

 

Posted by: janeingramallen | April 24, 2014

Easter Eggs cultural exchange at the 2014 Cheng Long Art Project

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Artist Kathy Bruce from USA shared the tradition of dyeing Easter eggs with the other artists and volunteers at the 2014 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project.  Kathy brought along some packs of the traditional Easter egg dyes and we found the white eggs and vinegar to do this activity with the volunteers from all over Taiwan and the other international artists in Cheng Long village in southwestern Taiwan.  The Taiwanese had never seen or done this before, but it was familiar to the European artists in our group.  This photo shows the eggs after they were dyed and decorated by the group on Saturday evening.

Early on Easter Sunday morning Kathy went out to a grassy area at Cheng Long Elementary School to hide all the colorful eggs for the volunteers and other artists to participate in an Easter egg hunt.

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One of the volunteers created a golden egg using foil from some chocolate Easter bunnies that French artist Thierry Godet brought to share for the Easter celebration.

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The Easter egg hunt in Cheng long was greatly enjoyed by all, and the winner who found the most eggs received a packet of Easter egg dye, so maybe this Easter egg dyeing and hunting tradition will be continued in Taiwan….

Other artists will also be sharing things about their culture with the villagers, volunteers and other artists at the Cheng Long art project.

The Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project is curated by Jane Ingram Allen (www.janeingramallen.com) and the photos for this Blog are taken by Timothy S. Allen (alltentimphotos2.wordpress.com)

 

 

Posted by: janeingramallen | April 22, 2014

Seeing the 2014 Artworks Developing in Cheng Long

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This photo shows volunteers helping to move a bridge that Dutch artist Maurice Meewisse made as part of his art project in Cheng Long.  We decided to have a procession and ceremony for putting this bridge across the canal in the fishing hut area.  Maurice created the bridge from recycled materials, and the fishermen will be able to use it to go back and forth caring for their fish farms.  Many of the bridges across the canal in the fishing hut area are just planks of old wood, and this new bridge from old recycled materials will also be useful for visitors to go to the area where Maurice will be building his folly hut that is a record of all the repairs he is making on the fishing huts in Cheng Long.  

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Here the volunteers are helping to put the bridge across the canal using some bamboo poles to roll it on. 

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This photo shows some volunteers crossing the new bridge for the first time.

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Maurice provided some beer for his hard-working volunteers, and this photo shows the group celebrating the new bridge!

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Here is Maurice in front of a new door he has made for a fishing hut as part of his plan to repair fishing huts as his conceptual artwork in Cheng Long. 

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This photo shows the tail part of artist Kathy Bruce’s “Big Fish through Wall” installation on a Cheng Long fishing hut.  The tail part is almost finished and now Kathy and her team of volunteers have started to build the head part of the fish that will be on the water side of the fishing hut.  She decided to make her milkfish sculpture with the tail and head both turning up so that it will be easier for the fishing hut owners to move around the hut when they are caring for their fish farm.  

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Artist Thiery Godet made a fire in his big oven to try it out.  It seems to work well and the oven made lots of heat.  We are all waiting now for him to bake some bread in this oven!  He is also now starting to create the oven in a more sculptural form and adding some tiles on top to protect it from rains in Cheng Long. 

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Here Thierry is cutting a door for one of the small ovens made by the 5th grade students that he is working with.  On this Thursday afternoon all the artists will again be working with their class of students in Cheng Long Elementary School, and Thierry hopes he can lead the students in cutting doors in all of their small ovens and making some fire in each oven.

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Here Maurice’s two volunteers are making a wall of bamboo for Maurice’s folly hut.  They decided to use what is usually the back side of some split bamboo as the front side of their creative wall. 

The artists are all working hard and so are the volunteers.  Things are going well and we are excited to see the 2014 artworks developing at the fishing hut area in Cheng Long village. 

The Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project is curated by Jane Ingram Allen (www.janeingramallen.com) and the photos for this Blog are taken by Timothy S. Allen (http://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com)

 

 

The 2014 artists are making great progress on the art installations, and again this year we have a wonderful team of volunteers.  This year each artist has 1 or 2 volunteers, and they come from all over Taiwan to spend 25 days in the small fishing village helping the international artists create their works.  It is hard work but lots of fun too!Image

This photo shows volunteers making a part of artist Katie Surridge’s installation attaching many discarded oyster shells to a piece of old fishing rope.  

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Here Joaquin’s volunteer Kevin is taking labels off clear plastic bottles to use as part of the pipeline for Joaquin’s installation that will purify some water for use in the fishing hut area. Children and villagers have been saving many plastic bottles and we also collected many plastic bottles at the local recycling center for Joaquin’s art installation. 

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The 2014 artists have visited a hardware store in nearby Kohu village many times to buy some tools or materials for their art installations.  This photo shows Joaquin and his volunteer Holly chatting with the store owner and getting a receipt for Joaquin’s purchases.  Holly is from Beijing and is working for a foundation there that also does environmental education, and this year she came to volunteer in Cheng Long to learn more about our Cheng Long Wetlands environmental art project.  

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Artist Maurice Meewisse from Netherlands is busy now making repairs on several Cheng Long fishing huts.  This photo shows a window in a fishing hut that Maurice replaced with a good recycled one found in Cheng Long.  His art project will include a “folly” hut that he creates in the fishing hut area as a record of all the repairs he makes on Cheng Long fishing huts.  The second photo here shows a bamboo wall that  was made by Maurice’s volunteers to be a wall for the folly hut.  

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This photo shows French artist Thierry Godet making an oven by a fishing hut for his art installation. Thierry is using some old fire bricks collected around Cheng Long and earth/mud also found in Cheng Long.  His volunteers are doing lots of work moving earth and bricks and also learning about how to make ovens. 

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This photo shows some village volunteers helping Taiwanese artist LaLa Wang with her 2014 art installation.  The volunteers are making holes in plastic bottle caps that LaLa collected at the community recycling center to use as centers for the flowers in her installation.  This hole punching machine is normally used by the villagers in Cheng Long to make holes in oyster shells to string the shells up to grow new oysters.  Image

This photo shows the garden area at artist Katie Surridge’s fishing hut installation site.  Katie’s volunteers did some very hard labor to make a stone wall and a brick and concrete rubble wall around the garden….it’s hard work moving those heavy things!  The area around the fishing hut has been cleaned up now and it is looking so much better.  Katie plans to continue improving and adding to this garden area as well as making mosaics with the children on the walls of her fishing hut.  

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In this photo artist Kathy Bruce from USA and her volunteers are working to make the tail part of her giant milkfish that will look like it is going through the wall of her fishing hut.  

This week the artists also worked with their classroom of children at Cheng Long Elementary School to introduce their country and their art project to the children.  They also did some art activities with the children so that the children can learn new things and help to make the 2014 art installations.  Image

This photo shows one small oven made by some 5th grade boys working with the 2014 artist Thierry Godet.  The 5th grade class enjoyed playing with the mud and creating the small ovens…..maybe next week they will be ready to make some fire in these small ovens. 

The 2014 art project in Cheng Long is going well and this year we are excited to see so much enthusiasm and support from the children as well as the villagers.  This year too we are getting the fishing hut owners and the local fish farmers involved.  

The Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project is curated by Jane Ingram Allen (www.janeingramallen.com) and the photos for the 2014 Blog are by Timothy S. Allen (http://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com).

 

Posted by: janeingramallen | April 21, 2014

Celebrating Matsu’s Birthday with the international artists

Matsu’s Birthday Celebration is one of the very interesting cultural and religious events in this part of Taiwan, and it happens every year during the time of the Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project.  Matsu is the goddess of the sea and protector of fishermen so she is an important religious god in Taiwan and particularly in southwestern Taiwan where Cheng Long village is located.  The 2014 artists and volunteers all went to Beigang, a nearby city, for the Matsu celebration and parade joined by people from all over Taiwan and bringing Matsu on a journey around Taiwan to this big important temple in Beigang.  Here is a photo of the Cheng Long artists and volunteers in front of the Beigang temple on the Matsu celebration night.  Hundreds of people, parades, fireworks, street entertainment, lots of noise and of course food —all of this added to the great experience of the Matsu Festival for the foreigners visiting Taiwan this year for our art project.  Image

 

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Here is another photo showing 2014 artist Katie Surridge from UK, burning spirit money in the Beigang Temple during the Matsu celebration.

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The people in Cheng Long village also had special dinners and celebrations for Matsu’s birthday.  This year the 2014 artists and volunteers got invited to join two Matsu celebrations by families in Cheng Long village!

Here are some photos from one of the celebrations.  There was a huge brightly lit portable stage set up with karaoke and some of the artists and volunteers went onstage for the karaoke!  At this celebration there was lots of wonderful food and drink, beautiful dancing and singing girls, firecrackers, and lots of fun with the village people.  The artists and volunteers had a great time at these celebrations with the villagers.  ImageImage

 

The artists are back to work each morning and making great progress on their artworks.  The next post will show you some of the artworks in progress at the fishing hut area and in the working outdoor studio places where each 2014 artist is creating his art installation for the 2014 art project “Fishing for a Better Environment.”

The Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project is curated by Jane Ingram Allen (www.janeingramallen.com), and the photos on the Blog this year are by Timothy S. Allen (http://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com).

 

Posted by: janeingramallen | April 21, 2014

Starting the 2014 Artworks

On Monday, April 15, all the artists were ready to start their artworks after making final decisions about the sites and gathering materials.

In this photo artist Kathy Bruce from the USA is measuring her fishing hut with her two Taiwanese volunteers.  Kathy will be creating a bamboo sculpture of a milkfish that appears to be jumping through this hut.  Kathy measuring hut with volunteers-small

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here French artist Thierry Godet is bringing earth or soil/clay on a cart with the help of his two Taiwanese volunteers  to begin making his large oven at the site next to a fishing hut. Theirry and vol pulling cart with dirt-small

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here Taiwanese artist LaLa Wang is starting to work on making hundreds of flowers created from recycled Tshirts collected in Cheng Long.  She is working with her volunteers in the bird blind structure.

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In this photo artist Maurice Meewisse from the Netherlands is trying out his idea to make a recycled roofing material from old bicycle tires collected at the nearby recycling center.  Maurice’s art project in Cheng Long is to repair several fishing huts and create a new “folly” hut to record all the repairs he makes.

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The 2014 artists and their volunteers went to the local recycling center near Cheng Long village to gather supplies for their art installations.  LaLa, the Taiwanese artist, was looking to find many bottle caps, metal as well as plastic ones, for her installation.Image 

Maurice, the artist from Netherlands, saw many old bicycle tires at the recycle center, and gathered many of these that he is thinking to cut up and use for roofing materials in his “folly” fishing hut installation.  This is one of his Taiwanese volunteers climbing on top of the pile of tires to find the best ones. Image 

It was an exciting place for artists, and Joaquin, Katie, Maurice, and LaLa all found lots of things they can use for their art installations.

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