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2015.02.27 FRI 3PM
公／共製造 台北系列活動＃1 「兌現想像？鄭淑麗與半路咖啡 對談」
主辦單位：台北當代藝術中心 | 協辦單位：半路咖啡
Venue: Halfway Café, No. 9, Alley 51, Lane 269, Section 3, Roosevelt Road, Taipei
Made in Public Taipei Series #1 “Cash Your Imagination? A Conversation between Shu Lea Cheang and Halfway Café”
Organizer: Taipei Contemporary Art Center | Co-organizer: Halfway Café
As today’s global environment confronts precarious reality that is as much prescribed by the capitalist social behaviors and values as an economic instability driven by the domination of financial speculation, Made in Public invites Paris based Taiwanese artist Shu Lea Cheang and Halfway Café, to discuss a recently launched independent monetary system, which reimagines autonomy in conjunction with community network. Last month, Shu Lea Cheang presented a special edition of “We Grow Money, We Eat Money, We Shit Money” for Musique & Cultures Digitales magazine as a survey collecting many of the artists’ proposals for alternative economies. These correspond to Cheang’s long-term artistic practice concerned with economic models based on commons and sharing. The public conversation will investigate and extend these ideas inside the local context by providing diverse materials and exchanges between Shu Lea Cheang and Halfway Café is encouraging participation in a collective production process.
Made in Public is a collaboration between artist Marysia Lewandowska and curator Esther Lu based respectively in London/Hong Kong and Taipei, who are embarking on a project responding to a relentless process of privatisation of all aspects of life. Their project will take a form of a collectively generated research, public events and a publication, jointly developed and supported by Taipei Contemporary Art Center and Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong. The enquiry is centred around the relationship between property, protest and the commons and the forms of their articulation as part of the globalizing processes of Asia. The research opens up an opportunity to expose and reflect upon the existing tensions in cultural production and dissemination as well as to explore alternative value, legal and self-governance systems by attending to a range of emerging creative expressions. In order to be sensitive to the recent political events in the region, the project invites cultural practitioners to discuss together the models and initiatives committed to commons-based society and their contributions to a well nourished public culture.
About the participants
Shu Lea Cheang’s works have manifested a genuine spirit to imagine beyond the social, geopolitical and economical boundaries that are set to define gender, role, property and institution throughout her artistic career for more than three decades. Her criticality has attended many contemporary discussions around utopia and human civilization projected by technology progression since her early projects. As one of the first net artists in the 90s, her oeuvres demonstrate her capacity in mastering all kinds of media to express her ideas in a participatory or interactive narrative, and her exploration to immaterial common and network model, her long term thinking in proposing new property concepts, economy models and shared resources all serve as a mirror for us to perceive economic and ecological (the nature and the virtual environment) reality once again.
Halfway Café is an autonomous entity for proposing new living style and economy. The operation of a coffee shop creates a spatial interface to cluster and experiment with many lifestyle proposals. It is a multifunctional site, and opens itself as a café, an independent restaurant within a café, a garden, an underground meeting point, a supportive hub…to gather diverse communities such as active youth, soggy youth, social activists, amateurs, musicians, artists and cultural people in Taipei. It calls for actions to re-organize private and social life, and to rethink how to generate critical reflections and creative practice to change public culture, organization and economy based on labors and imagination in everyday life. The multitudes participating in this entity are active in exploring new political thinking and youth culture.