From “Base” to “Re-Base”
The Six-Year Construction Project of the Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab (C-LAB) got off the ground on 18th August 2018.
The site on which the C-LAB stands had served as the Industrial Research Institute for the Taiwan Governor General’s Office since 1939 and the Air Force Command Headquarters since the 1950s. In the 21st century, this site will be transmuted into a forward-looking incubator that provides a congenial environment for the promotion of contemporary cultural creativity through its encompassiveness. It will become a realm open to the public and creators from different backgrounds, thereby pooling efforts from the multitude to shape the dynamism of this cultural base. Premised on this strategic vision, we invited Wang Jun-Jieh to curate “Re-Base: When Experiments Become Attitude”, an enthralling exhibition featuring a total of 11 artists/groups who were asked to revolve their respective contributions around the theme of experimentation. By reference to the base’s rich historical heritage and inherent spatial properties, they created brand new works site specifically for this exhibition. We set great store by the meaningful dialogues between the exhibits and the base, expecting to weave the ethos of experimentation into our quotidian aesthetics and channel public engagement to conquer the site’s authoritarian past.
As this site was converted from the Industrial Research Institute and the Air Force Command Headquarters into the C-LAB over the past 80 years, Taiwan has been in transition from an agricultural, industrial to a post-industrial society. Times have changed. How can we reclaim our lost power of discourse? How should we encourage cultural experimentation? How can we, by stimulating communication and imagination, work towards a public future characterized by independent cultures and autonomous experiments?
By virtue of “Re-Base: When Experiments Become Attitude”, we managed to inspire various imaginations and possibilities of cultural experimentation again.
Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab