Posted by: QQmei | September 14, 2018

Return?!回鍋?!  

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為什麼會想去雲林當藝術季志工?!”
不論來往的誰,村民、大人、小孩,來往的人們也好,只要聽到是第二次回到藝術季當志工,不假思索的會先提出這句,這糾纏我許久的一句,卻隱藏著太多訊息,緊接著在你回答之前,會先家常的幫你複習村裡的大小事,回溯過往,那段日子後,發生了些什麼,參與了些什麼,是否還記得些什麼,從陌生到熟悉…;每年到這時間點,村落裡瞬間多了好多臨時演員;是的,6位藝術家與6位志工,屬於成龍村的《小鎮》(Our Town)一齣季節限定的劇碼開演。

我的老闆是法國籍藝術家Myriam,第二次回到成龍村的她,距離第一次2010年來臺駐村創作,至今間隔9年的光陰,切合這次藝術季主題:回顧九年來的改變;抵達成龍的那刻起,她介紹著她的創作歷程,擅用大自然的一切(像樹枝、泥土、落葉堆肥等),型塑著作品,而作品中無不透露出對於土地的關懷;與她一起創作日程裡,是扎實的25個工作日,為了把這9年來村莊地景的改變濃縮精華呈現,不容許每一分毫的流失,從計算竹子結構的數量、挑選作品放置點,海邊蒐集廢竹、衣物回收、蘆葦採集到編織的配色…等,謹慎不苟且的態度,Myriam她一改我對法國人浪漫、慢節奏的想像,若要用一個單字來描述,那絕對是:「工作狂(Workaholic)」。我也只好化身為她的惡魔,每小時記得偷懶要求她休息、喝個水,然後大喊:「我好累」,這才結束一天的工作。

宜居?! 移居?!的成龍村

曾問過Myriam:「如果有機會能選擇生活的環境,你會在哪個地方長久居住下來?!」,她爽快的回答:「成龍村」,但在這回答之後,藝術季期間適逢農曆3月肖媽祖,轟隆隆不斷的鞭炮聲,讓她對這樣的文化衝擊,開始困惑著,生活在這村裡多是哪些人;廟埕前的,準時10點送餐點的蝦董、11點謝籃裡總有新法寶的社區理事、傍晚4點半準時出來運動,順道關心進度的阿公阿嬤、玩膩家中玩具來找新玩伴的幼幼稚兒們,直到周末才有從城鎮回來的成員,觀察著這村落的人口結構,著實無法想像那大水來臨的30年前,是怎樣的農村景象;從Myriam的素材中,以雲林在地的竹子當框架,回收衣物、蘆葦的交錯,撐起的羽翼是象徵人與環境交錯的複雜情感,真實的作品也期許著人們能攜手面對各種難題,迎向更好的未來。

此外,在協助創作的日程中,搭配著與成龍小六學生們的互動,從法國的風俗舞蹈、衣物的剪裁到編織,到繪畫出對濕地環境的看法,從陌生扭捏到每個人都能態若自然的與藝術家互動;也看似幾個簡單的課程項目,安排的過程中,與Myriam都排練好幾回,深怕這些內容,會被這群有著「六年藝術季經驗的」小大人給打回票,而這群小孩能完成每一道任務,無論在課程中或放學後投入的程度與表現都十足的令人激賞,這件作品就像是預祝他們鵬程萬里的禮物啊!!

二度參與藝術季,從旁觀察這些行為介入,這樣的人為因素,真的有助於人們對這村落的思維改變嗎?!這些作品之於成龍村的意義?!自己也是滿腹困惑的尋找答案,最後是否又流於一般社區營造的態樣?!

這個月,看到社區有活力的樣子,好多熱血的人,因著藝術季的到來,而關注到成龍村,正視村落面臨的問題:是積極維護自己作品的漢學老師,滿心想分享以前走在田埂的風景給大眾;是維繫著老人食堂的返鄉青年,不分年節的設想活動要讓村裡的老人家動起來,還有無償提供樹苗復育土地的夫妻檔;抑或說是「藝術」已滲入成龍村,是生活的一部份,無論漁人的日常,測試水溫鹹度、灑苗、牽罟收獲,清窟等,一連串的動作是他們珍貴的表演舞作;颱風改變了她的地貌,藝術季再度微調這村子所營造的場景,一處不單只是網美打卡攝影的據點,更有著紮實的人文底蘊,溫馨的海口情感,傳遞出與環境和平共處的生存之道。

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最後,離別沒有感傷,雖說當志工一個月,綁繩有辛苦、烙人沒著落,有太多突發狀況難以言盡,但一見下工後的晚餐、加菜宵夜,餐食無虞的生活很不真實,像是用了八輩子的福氣換來的好命,這一切的一切都要感謝所有成龍人:

謝謝 基金會的工作人員 QQ湄、姿怡、玟旭、德蓉,還有將藝術季活動把持的像是救國團營隊般感心的彥如,因為有你們的事前準備、提供舒適的居住環境,關照我們在成龍村的一切起居生活,提供各種神救援般的完美協助。

謝謝Jane奶奶、Tim爺爺,每當校外教學(外出活動)之際,在車上總不吝於教我們認識更多的英文單字,真切的感受到什麼叫做:「讓孩子不再害怕讓開口說英語,自然而然習慣兩種語言」。

謝謝成龍村這個超級大家庭 田家、蝦董家、烏魚家、郭家、茜蒂、自儀夫妻、柏佑校長、秀玉阿姨、奕萱(夜鷺)、荺紾、佩真、弘岳、柏宏、袺佑、國龍、木相家,還有許多未提及往來參與的一日志工們;無論陸地上綁繩、編織的細活,還是水面上的基座打樁、位移施工,正因為有大家義氣相挺,有力出力,不分你我,讓作品才能在時間內如此圓滿完工。

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謝謝藝術家們的二度造訪,無私的分享,留下的不只有作品,更有著滿滿的人文關懷以及對臺灣的熱愛。

最後,謝謝一票志工們剖心肝的真心相伴,大家一同胡鬧歡笑、彼此相互關照;

再次由衷地感謝這一個月與我一同經歷美好回憶的你、妳。

任何事、任何經歷,不是得到,就是學到。
(Everything you are going through is either a present, or a lesson.)
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【“超~ 連結”特別企畫】
來去成龍過中秋,重修藝術創作! 

 

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這座在2016年由成龍村長輩們徒手打造的藝術作品《連結》,幾經風雨後,步道面板多處變形、部分基柱有安全之虞,幾經討論,老人家信誓旦旦:「重修就好!」我們心裡想著:「重修舊好!」因為它是那麼的重要!是長輩給孩子們的禮物、村民邀約訪客的橋樑!

我們決定在重修時給它新的面貌及任務!它將不再只是一件作品,而是一座踏實的橋,每個人都可以藉由他走向大自然的懷抱。因緣找到一批舊料,依據這批舊木料的尺寸,我們將會把橋的寬度微調。不變的是,村民們還是會秉持手工打造,親手孕育這座橋。

然而,老人家們可不再經得起那麼多戶外工作。我們急需青壯志工!需要體力佳、有耐性、最好能略懂木工、對各種粗活兒、細活兒甘之如飴的朋友一起加入!當然~ 也邀請你一起來成龍村過個不一樣的中秋節!趁機和大自然及自己重修舊好!

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時間2018年9月21日(抵達)~9月29日(離開)

需求人手8 位 (報名至9/15止, 若報名人數過多, 會於9/16公告錄取名單!)

活動費用全免。由文化部、農委會林務局、雲林縣政府專案補助。(無誠者勿試!)

食宿共食+宿營。在成龍村最不用擔心吃!我們除了會與成龍社區「長青食堂」搭伙外,也邀請大家共同下廚。這個季節是海鮮的產季,應該有機會參與到收穫的喜悅或失落(哈)。住宿會幫大家安排在民宅或臨近民宿通鋪,或許心血來潮我們可以在門口埕露營(聽說以前夏天酷熱時,大家會把床推出來在外面睡覺呢!),請自備睡袋及盥洗用具。讓我們一起來享受早睡早起、勞動健身、營養豐富的一周吧!

志工任務與村民志工協力,認真協助《連結》的修復工作。

報名注意事項請務必有腳踏實地、揮汗勞動的決心,外加暫別手機網路的勇氣!保持彈性、心胸開闊,用生命裡的一周時光,好好來體驗台灣西南小漁村的生活。

——————下定決心!和自己重修舊好~ 就”來去成龍過中秋”吧!———————

請下載報名表:2018 來去海口過中秋 重修舊好藝術創作 – 志工報名表 .doc

簡章+報名表:2018 來去海口過中秋 重修舊好藝術創作 — 志工召募簡章及報名表.pdf

Posted by: QQmei | May 30, 2018

2018 Farewell Party at Chenglong Elementary School

This video shows you the last day of the residency of the 2018 Chenglong Wetlands International Environmental Art Project……

On Monday, May 14, the 2018 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project artists and volunteers went to Cheng Long Elementary School to say goodbye to the students that they have worked with this year to create the 2018 artworks in the wetlands. 2018 artists Myriam du Manoir from France, Marisa Merlin from Italy, Tsuneo Sekiguchi from Japan. Yachu Kang from Taiwan and Chris Lee from Taiwan, along with curator Jane Ingram Allen from USA all came to say goodbye to the children before leaving Cheng Long to return to their homes. We also said goodbye to many old friends in the village of Cheng Long before leaving.  It was a great year in Cheng Long and the artists and volunteers were exceptional this year. This year we also held a symposium about environmental art and communities with participation from many other organizations in Taiwan that have environmental art projects and people in the village of Cheng Long and government sponsors, teachers, many former artists and volunteers and others interested in environmental art and communities. We will have more news soon about the Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project so keep watching this Blog.
These photos were taken by Timothy S. Allen showing the goodbyes in the village, at the train station and at the goodbye program at the elementary school in Cheng Long.

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step1: 至溼地邊舀水並挹注於漂流木器中,將鏡子傾斜。

step2: 民眾A站立於作品前方石頭拍照處,民眾B依太陽方位手動水平調整漂流木器,找出折射於民眾A臉上的“白色光線”。

step3: 民眾B緩慢移動鏡子前後傾斜角度(約40度),直至白色光線成為彩虹顏色。

step4: 民眾A閉起雙眼,享受彩虹當下照映眼臉的靜心之美。

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謝謝“簡單樂團”為我們所做的示範(恭喜2013藝術季志工育偉和好友哲宏組團囉!)

Posted by: janeingramallen | May 5, 2018

2018 Cheng Long Wetlands International Art Project Opens!

The official press opening for the 2018 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project was Friday, May 4, 2018, at 10-11:30 AM in the Cheng Long Wetlands, Cheng Long Village, Yunlin County, Taiwan. Many TV and newspaper reporters and other journalists were there along with important guests and sponsors. Cheng Long Elementary School students performed
traditional folk songs for entertainment at the event and artists led everyone on a tour of the new artworks.

This weekend May 5 and 6 there will be public DIY activities in the Cheng Long Wetlands with the international artists at the site of their artworks. The public activities are 3 – 6 PM on Saturday and from 9:30 to 11:30 AM and 3-6PM on Sunday. Everyone is invited to come out and meet the artists and see the finished artworks.

Here are photos of the 2018 artworks taken early this morning by Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com) The 2018 Cheng Long Art Project is curated by Jane Ingram Allen from America and Chao-mei Wang from Taiwan.:

“Rainbow Time Machine” by Tsuneo Sekiguchi of Japan

“Cheng Long Shelter” by Chris (Kuei-chi) Lee of Taiwan

“Through the Time” by Ya-chu Kang of Taiwan

 

Wings Over the Wetlands” by Myriam du Manoir of France

 

“9 Waves” by Firman Djamil of Indonesia

 

“9 Bridges” by Marisa Merlin of Italy

For the 2018 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project, each selected artist works closely with a classroom of elementary students from Cheng Long Elementary School.  The artists work with their class every Thursday afternoon during the residency time for the artists in Cheng Long village, Yunlin County, Taiwan.  Children and many villagers also come out after school and on the weekends to help the artists.

Myriam du Manoir of France has the 6th grade class, and the children have learned about French culture including a traditional folk dance and helped Myriam to do weavings with recycled clothing on the large “wings” artwork she is creating..
Firman Djamil of Indonesia has the 2nd grade class. His students have learned about working with bamboo which is a big part of his culture, and they have helped him to make parts of his “9 Waves” installation.
Ya-chu Kang of Taiwan has the 3 rd grade class. She has taught her students about the QR code reference in her artwork and about its relationship to knitting and textiles. The children helped her make some fabric from natural rope and oyster shells for her installation.
Chris Lee of Taiwan has the 1st grade class. The students working with Chris have learned about his artwork “Cheng Long Shelter” and how to make a really large sculpture with recycled bamboo. They wrote wishes on some of the bamboo pieces included in the sculpture and will also hang some oyster shells on his artwork.
Tsuneo Sekiguchi of Japan has the 5th grade class. Tsuneo has taught his class about Japanese culture and served them traditional Japanese tea as well as involved them in helping to make his artwork “Rainbow Time Machine”. He projected rainbows on the faces of the students with eyes closed to emphasize that we are all the same with our eyes closed.
Marisa Merlin of Italy has the 4th grade class. Marisa’s students have learned about Italian culture and that Leonardo da Vinci designed arches or bridges the same way she made her sculpture “9 Bridges”. Children learned how to put together the bamboo poles to make a bridge structure that reminds one of Roman arches as well as ancient Chinese bridges.

 

Here are some photos showing the 2018 artists working with the children at Cheng Long Elementary School and at the artwork sites in the Cheng Long Wetlands  to share their culture and teach them about their environmental artworks.  Photos are by Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.wordpress.com)  This art project is curated by Jane Ingram Allen of the USA and Chao-mei Wang of Taiwan.

Posted by: janeingramallen | April 30, 2018

New Artworks Rising in Cheng Long Wetlands, Yunlin County, Taiwan

The 6 international artists selected for the 2018 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project continue making their large-scale environmental artworks in the wetlands of Cheng Long village, Kouhu Township, Yunlin County, Taiwan.

The press opening of the 2018 art project in Cheng Long is on Friday, ,May 4 at 10AM, and all the artworks will be completed by then. Thanks so much to all the villagers and other volunteers who are working hard to help the artists finish their artworks.

The public is invited to come to see the new artworks and participate in opening weekend DIY activities on Saturday afternoon May 5 and all day Sunday, May 6.  This year, since it is the 9th anniversary of the art project in Cheng Long, there will also be a symposium on May 12 and 13 at Cheng Long Elementary School.  The symposium titled “Environmental Art & Communities” will be an opportunity to exchange information and learn more about how environmental art can impact communities and discuss the future of environmental art in Taiwan.  To register for the symposium see the posting on this Blog or contact Chao-mei Wang at chenglong.artproject@gmail.com

Below are some photos of the 2018 artworks as progress on them continues.  It is great to see some of the new artworks being installed in the shallow water areas in parts of the wetlands and on land across from the wetlands.  It does take a village to make this art project, and we greatly appreciate the skill and knowledge of the local people who help the artists every year to build and install the artworks.

Artworks this year are by Myriam du Manoir of France, Firman Djamil of Indonesia, Ya-chu Kang of Taiwan, Marisa Merlin of Italy,  Kuei-chi (Chris) Lee of Taiwan, and Tsuneo Sekiguchi of Japan.  The curators of the 2018 art project are Jane Ingram Allen of USA and Chao-mei Wang of Taiwan.  Photos on the Blog are by Timothy S. Allen.

The weather is very hot and humid in Cheng Long now, and thanks to everyone for all of the very hard work to make this art project ready for the opening on Friday, May 4.

Many people helped move and install Ya-chu’s artwork in the wetlands near the bird blind area.

Marisa’s 9 bridges are all up now, and she and her volunteer are tying them again to make them stronger.

 

 

A crew from Taiwan Public Television came to interview the artists.

Tsuneo’s “Rainbow Time Machine” is waiting for the monkeys that he will create on the limbs of the tree in his diorama.

Chris Lee and volunteers continue to work on the ramp floor for his Cheng Long Shelter installation.

You can start to see the QR code reference now in Ya-chu Kang’s installation.

Villagers and volunteers helped with the installation of parts of Ya-chu Kang’s artwork.

Tsuneo is shaping some driftwood collected at the local beach to make part of his artwork.

Firman is giving his artist night presentation with his volunteer.

Firman is making 9 support structures now for his 9 bamboo waves.

Ya-chu’s volunteer Ivy peeks out from behind the fabric of oyster shells and rope that will come down from the huge bamboo knitting needle in the artwork.

Myriam’s big wings are almost ready to install. Many volunteers helped with the weaving.

We were invited to a wedding banquet by a local family on Saturday. The bride was beautiful in red for the first appearance and later changed to the traditional white wedding dress. The lunch was amazing with 12 or more dishes, all delicious.

Firman is installing some of his 9 Waves in the wetlands now.

Work continues on the 2018 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project. 6 new environmental artworks are being created in the wetlands for this year’s art project. Myriam du Manor from France is making “Wings Over the Wetlands; Chris Lee of Taiwan is creating “Cheng Long Shelter”; Tsuneo Sekiguchi of Japan is making “Rainbow Time Machine”; Marisa Merlin of Italy is creating 9 Bridges; Ya-chu Kang of Taiwan is making “Through the Time” and Firman Djamil of Indonesia is making “9 Waves”. Some of the artists will begin installing the works in the wetlands this weekend, and everything is on schedule for the finish of all the artworks in time for the press opening on Friday May 4. Keep watching this Blog for more photos and to see the finished artworks. The public is invited to come to Cheng Long Wetlands, Yunlin County, Kouhu Township, Taiwan for the public activities on Saturday May 5 in the afternoon and all day Sunday May 6. This exhibition is curated by American artist, curator and art writer Jane Ingram Allen and Chao-mei Wang, Taiwanese environmental educator , with the support of Kuan Shu Educational Foundation and other sponsors.

Here are some of the latest photos showing the continuing progress on the large-scale environmental artworks for 2018 in Cheng Long Wetlands:

Chris Lee and volunteers put in a floor in his “Cheng Long Shelter” artwork.

Chris Lee’s “Cheng Long Shelter on May 25; water is rising there!

Firman Djamil has completed 8 waves for his planned installation of “9Waves”.

Firman and his volunteer are testing the depth of the water in the wetlands where he will install “9 Waves”.

Marisa Merlin’s volunteer is tying together many bamboo poles for her installation of “9 Bridges”.

Marisa Merlin continues to put together her “9 Bridges” installation on land across from the wetlands.

Many community people and volunteers are helping to do the weaving on Myriam du Manoir’s artwork “Wings Over the Wetlands”.

Old clothing woven into the large wings for Myriam’s installation.

Myriam is also weaving some of the diamond shapes with reeds growing near the wetlands.

Tsuneo’s work showing deer and tree formed with charred bamboo.

Tsuneo looking through the bamboo background for his tableau in “Rainbow Time Machine”

fYachu Kang’s QR Code forms made with bamboo and oyster shells that will form part of her artwork in the shallow water of the wetlands.

Yachu and her volunteer make more for her installation with oyster shells and natural rope.

 

The international artists for the 2018 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project are making good progress on the 6 new artworks for 2018.  The art project is curated by Jane Ingram Allen from America and Chao-mei Wang from Taiwan and organized by the Kuan Shu Environmental Education Foundation in Cheng Long village, Yunlin County, Taiwan. This is the 9th year of the annual international environmental art project, and 2018 has the theme of “What a Difference 9 Years Makes”.  Artists who have participated as selected artists in previous years were invited to send proposals. The 2018 selected artists are:
Myriam du Manor from France who came to Cheng long first in 2010
Firman Djamil from Indonesia who came first in 2011
Ya-chu Kang from Taiwan who came first for the art project in 2013
Tsuneo Sekiguchi from Japan who came in 2015
Marisa Merlin of Italy who also came in 2015
Chris Lee from Taiwan who first came for the art project in 2016

Below are photos showing the progress that the artists are making on their new artworks. The public opening weekend is May 5 and 6 and everyone is invited to come to see the finished installations.  On Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday May 5 and 6 there will be DIY activities with the artists for people of all ages. Check back here for more photos and information on the 2018 art project in Cheng Long.  Photos in this Blog are by Timothy S. Allen (allentimphotos2.worpress.com)

Chris Lee’s Cheng Long Shelter going up.

Myriam du Manoir’s Wings over the Wetlands in process

Ya chu Kang’s artwork being constructed in a park across from the wetlands

Firman Djamil of Indonesia and his volunteer continue making his “9 Waves” art installation in the bird blind area at Cheng Long Wetlands

Firman Djamil preparing many bamboos for his installation “9 Waves”.

Tsuneo Sekiguchi from Japan and his volunteer continue working on his Rainbow Time Machine artwork in the beautiful sunset at Chang Long Wetlands.

Volunteers help tie together the framework for Myriam’s big “wings” artwork.

 

Marisa Merlin of Italy continues her work on 9 Bridges, and some volunteers from the village brought a small tent to help protect the artist and volunteers from the hot sun.

Ya-chu Kang’s artwork with oyster shells and bamboo grows over the water of the wetlands

Sunset view of Tsuneo’s Rainbow Time Machine

Sunset view of Chris Lee’s Cheng Long Shelter

Setting up one of the “bridges” for Marisa’s artwork

Burning some bamboo to get the black charcoal color to create the deer on Tsuneo’s Rainbow Time Machine

Chris Lee and volunteers continue to make his artwork Cheng Long Shelter

Both wings for Myriam’s artwork have the main structure finished, and now more weaving is needed to fill in some of the diamond shapes.

Tsuneo is using split bamboo to fill in the background for the diorama of an ideal landscape he is creating  on his artwork Rainbow Time Machine.

Chris Lee and a volunteer continue working on his Cheng Long Shelter.

Ya-chu Kang and her volunteer use a raft to carry out more materials to add to her art installation

Children are helping to remove some of the bricks used in an artwork last year so that there is a good clear space for Marisa’s new artwork “9 Bridges”.

Not Always working artists and volunteers have an early morning Yoga class with Japanese artists Tsuneo

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