Posted by: janeingramallen | February 3, 2011

Artists in Cheng Long – a unique cultural experience!

Life in Cheng Long village in rural Yunlin County, Taiwan, is usually uneventful and much the same as it has been for centuries.  However, adding international artists from such countries as France, India, USA and other parts of Taiwan as well as volunteers from other cities and regions of Taiwan gave a new flavor to the small community and lots of excitement and cultural experiences for the community and the school children.  The artists shared with the school children information about their country and the environmental issues in their homeland.  The artists also made a presentation for the whole community at the welcome dinner held in front of Cheng Long Temple where food was served for all.

在台灣雲林縣的偏遠小村落–成龍村的生活向來是平靜無事的,好像幾百年來都一樣。但是多了幾個來自法國、印度、美國或其他台灣地區的藝術家與志工,不僅給村子增添了新的氣息,也為村子及當地的孩子們帶來新的刺激及文化體驗。藝術家們在學校裡和孩子分享自己的國家與家鄉的環境議題;在村廟前舉辦的歡迎晚會上,和全村的人一起享用晚餐,並暢談自己的創作。

The artists and volunteers enjoyed great meals together prepared for them by a local mother.  Dinner was served each evening outdoors with everyone gathering around family style to enjoy fresh seafood, meat and vegetables prepared in traditional Chinese and Taiwanese style.  Lunch was at the school with the children, and everyone prepared their own breakfast at one of the three houses where the artists and volunteers were staying.  We also had coffee and bread available for breakfast for the Western artists!  Artists and volunteers lived in three village houses that were rented for the installation period from local people.  Each artist had a bedroom and a shared kitchen and bathrooms at each house.  Artists and volunteers also had bicycles available to get around the wetlands, the village and also to tour nearby villages.

藝術家和志工們都十分享受由當地孩子的媽媽所準備的晚餐。天氣好的時候,大家就把大紅的圓桌搬到戶外一起享用家庭式的晚餐,有來自口湖新鮮的魚蝦、還有雲林在地生產的肉類蔬果,全都是道地台灣或中國風味的料理。午餐是在學校和孩子一起享用營養午餐;早餐則大家齊聚在住所的一處享用。習慣西式早餐的藝術家,可以為自己泡杯咖啡配上烤麵包。藝術家和志工所居住的處所是由當地熱心的居民所提供的,每位藝術家會有自己獨立的房間,並有共用的廚房及衛浴。我們也會儘可能為大家借到腳踏車,讓大家可以到溼地的四周及鄰近的村落去逛逛。

Some of the more colorful and interesting Cheng Long village people included the “illustrated man” who had tattoos covering most of his body and many very cute babies and grandmothers.  Some of the local village people could speak little English so communication was with smiles and gestures.

在成龍村形形色色的居民裡,讓人印象深刻的包括一位身上滿是刺青的大哥,以及許多小小孩和老人家。有一些人會說一點點英文,所以微笑和比手畫腳是最好的國際語言。

The artists also enjoyed visiting the sites in nearby cities and towns.  One memorable experience was going to a nearby town for the Matsu Festival, a religious festival that happens each year at this time when the Goddess Matsu comes to visit the local temple.  It was a huge celebration with many people on the streets, lots of food, costumes, music and many firecrackers! Another great experience was when we went to the beach to gather materials and visited a local artist’s studio and gallery.

藝術家也都很享受偷空去鄰近城市小鎮參觀的時光。其中最讓人難忘的是去西螺參加大甲媽祖遶境,這是每年農曆三月中台灣都會有的盛大宗教活動,只見街上滿滿的都是人、食物、陣頭、音樂和鞭炮。另一個很棒的經驗是,我們一起去台西海邊找尋創作材料,順便拜訪當地的一位藝術家和他的工作室。

Many enjoyable evenings were spent together just sitting around talking about work and life.  It was a great opportunity for cultural exchange and fellowship and even some singing and dancing together. The artists in 2010 all worked very hard each day, but everyone also had a great time.  Lasting friendships were formed and we all became like one big happy family!

許多美好的夜晚,大家就在談論著工作及生活中渡過。那是一個很棒的文化交流及交誼的機會,時而伴著歌聲及舞蹈。在2010年獲選的每位藝術家每天都很努力地工作,大家一起渡過了很棒的時光,也奠定下恆長的友誼,大家像一個快樂的大家庭。

For the 2011 Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project we are planning more activities for the artists and the community and look forward to welcoming a new group of artists and volunteers to Cheng Long!  Be sure to get your proposal sent in by the deadline of February 11.  See the links here for information in English and Chinese about what to send and complete details about the project for 2011.

2011年的成龍溼地國際環境藝術計畫,我們準備了更多的活動將要帶給藝術家及村子裡的大人小孩。一組全新的藝術家即將受到我們的邀請進駐成龍村,請確定你為「2011成龍溼地國際環境藝術計畫—兒童與藝術家夢想的綠色溼地」的提案可於2011年2月11日寄至策展人信箱。相關提案辦法,請參見以下連結:
https://artproject4wetland.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/2011-call-for-proposals-children-and-artists-dream-of-greener-wetlands/


Responses

  1. Greetings from Australia. I like this post for it’s focus on human interactions. It has been said that art music and philosophy are useless as far as human survival is concerned, but art, music and philosophy make life worth living. Sharing food together, sharing aspects of different cultures and traditions, being respectful of the natural environment make the Wetlands art project special.
    Jeffrey

  2. HI !!! I’m so excited with tour wonderfull project!!! Will send mi application soon !!!
    I hope you would be interrested in face painting activities
    For kids. Have been doing it for 15 years. Also dance and sculpture. I’m french canadian living in Mexico!!
    Love !
    Gilbert

    Lové and light!!!
    Gilbert

    • Hi Gilbert,
      Thanks for your interest in the Cheng Long art project for 2012. I also sent a reply to your email. Please check it too!
      Face painting could certainly be part of the community activities with the kids if you are selected as one of the artists for 2012. Review all the required materials and make a proposal and send to me before the Feb. 8 deadline for applications. We are looking for artists who can make a sculpture installation related to the theme for 2012 and that will last for about one year and that will engage the village people and children and be related to how seafood is produced and using recycled or natural materials and sited in the village or in the wetlands area. Let me know if you have any other questions.
      Thanks again,
      Jane Ingram Allen, Curator


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