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Tuesday, 03 May 2011 19:19

An Architectural Dream

Recently I have had many architectural dreams, I remember two of them in particular: one was taking place in a European city, probably Paris or London, I could easily recognize the white stone buildings 6 or 7 stories tall, representative of the Haussmann style. But only because I was dreaming, they were also displaying new decorative items: attached to their sides were the flying saucers that you can ride in amusement parks. I could hear the passengers’ shouts fade in and out as they were whirling fast in the air.

My second dream featured a village in the south of Taiwan. I remember having wondered why I hadn’t known that place before. Actually I was amazed by the architectural style of the village houses: they were combining the white “pierre de taille”, proper to the buildings developed in France in the 17th century, and the grey slate used in traditional Bunun villages in Southern Taiwan. This unexpected mixture created a pleasant impression of a quirky elegance.

In fact, I have noticed that the houses, apartments or buildings that appear in my dreams are mostly of European style, sometimes of colonial style too. Although I have been living in Taipei for more than five years now, I rarely dream of its architectural landmarks; even if the action takes place in some place on the island, its frame is more likely to be a Parisian flat or a western interior.

In 6 years in Taipei, I have lived in three flats and one house. It is frequent indeed to move in and out here because it is not easy to find a place where to feel “at home”. New buildings are not necessarily pleasant to the eye and, most of the time they are massive and aggressive. Old apartments have the charm of being queerly-shaped but they can feel unsteady and, on top of not being environmental friendly, they rarely conform to the basic rules of safety.

Maybe the place where we live, where we sleep, eat, work and play, does not only define the frame and the boundaries of our living space, but concurs to shape our being and our mental structure. And vice versa. So let’s just imagine that the chassis of my brain is built on the model of the flats in which I have spent most of my childhood life, my brain would be a Parisian bourgeois apartment with a creaking wooden floor and a moquette ocre. The stairwell, too tight to install an elevator, would smell like wax wood. In fact, the whole building just reminds me of an old lady, a little bit patched up, but dignified and full of memories. Then what kind of place would my brain imagine for me to live in Taipei? I dream of a place that would shelter me from the tropical weather without losing my intimacy with nature, an affordable place with a history that goes beyond the shady speculations in the housing development.

Photo: C.P.

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 18:55

The Beauty of Decay

Hubert has been living in Taipei for seven years. Every week, he spends in average six hours to stride along the streets of the city looking for the perfect snapshot which will yield the atmosphere that he feels and perceives himself. He is also a long time contributor of eRenlai where he has already published several photos. Here, he explains us why Taipei attracts him so deeply while showing us the hidden beauty of the city.

撒來伴‧文學輪杯!【第二屆臺灣原住民族文學獎暨文學營與文學論壇】正式開跑囉!

即日起「第二屆臺灣原住民族文學獎」展開徵文

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 17:55

5月---空間解嚴專輯: 前言

2009年的諾貝爾文學獎得主荷塔˙慕勒寫下這首發人省思的短詩。羅馬尼亞出生的她,曾歷經極權統治的壓迫,在那個人性被極度扭曲的環境下,真實與謊言的界線顯得難以辨識。且正如這首短詩所示,面對歷史與正義,人們常常陷入既不能言說,也無法沉默的弔詭中。

今年,對綠島而言是非常特別的一年。

1951年5月17日,在那個白色恐怖、反共抗俄「抓匪諜」的時代,第一批政治犯被關入火燒島。從那個時間算起,到今年(2011年)已滿60週年;而綠島從2001年設立人權紀念園區至今,也已屆滿10週年;如果回溯到更早的日本殖民統治時代,從設立「火燒島浮浪者收容所」(1911—1919年)開始算起,則正好相隔100年。不論是綠島或火燒島,均代表不同時間的地理命名。也許在未來,綠島將因過去的歷史,而與火燒島、南島大洋及對永續生命的思考進一步連結在一起。

今年,對綠島而言是非常特別的一年。

1951年5月17日,在那個白色恐怖、反共抗俄「抓匪諜」的時代,第一批政治犯被關入火燒島。

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 17:44

可愛無比.暴力無敵

「真相不能抹滅藝術的可能性;相反地,真相需要藉藝術來傳達,以激起我們作為證人的良知。」

——費修珊(Shoshana Felman),《見證的危機》

昔日的威權統治者,在設計師的巧思下,搖身一變成為可愛的公仔,或是成為酷斃的當代普普藝術。這些企圖顛覆過去形象的繽紛商品,顯示的是台灣社會的多元包容,還是對歷史的缺乏反思?

納粹時期的猶太人浩劫,一直是德國人最難以直視的黑暗歷史。東西德統一後,德國人嘗試以「歐洲受難猶太人紀念碑」來克服這段過去。紀念碑究竟是一個「恥辱」的記號,還是文化形式的表達工具,而透過立碑,便真能將過去轉譯至未來嗎?

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 17:27

走出和解的烏托邦

一個受創的社會往往造成觀看歷史的角度分歧。德國1989年和平革命至今已過二十年,東德的社會依然深處兩種立場的對峙張力之中。

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 13:57

太平洋首航.文化交流饗宴

太平洋首航.文化交流饗宴

——記「探索太平洋:台灣原住民與南島民族歷史、現況與未來」國際研討會

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