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Mirage:Disused Public Property in Taiwan

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ISBN: 9789869229463

出版日期: 2016-03-04

作者: Jui-Chung Yao,Lost Society Document

譯者: Michael Wu

裝訂: 平裝.單色印刷.544頁.21.


The truth that Taiwanese government was most reluctant to admit

  5 years of research by around 200 students
  Exposed over 400 cases of disused public facilities

–This book includes 100 selected cases.  

  Often seen in places around Taiwan, these large and unused public facilities are also known as “mosquito pavilions”. They often arise from inappropriate policies, where government, in the name of expanding internal consumptions and closing the urban and rural gaps, misjudge usage rates, implement inappropriate plans and designs, giving rise to the disused spaces around the country, a practice that till this day still remained. This project was executed by “Lost Society Document” formed by artist YAO Jui-Chung and students, targeting public facilities that cost huge funds in construction over the recent twenty years, every year one hundred cases that required the most attention and review was collected to form Mirage: Disused Public Property in Taiwan, over the past four years four volumes was published. This book selected one hundred critical cases from the four hundred cases exposed by the series, outlining the absurd state of Taiwanese society. In addition to providing the public a reference for reflection, it also allowed youths who have yet to serious observed their hometown to open up an alternative dialogue through the lens of the camera.


Jui-Chung Yao,Lost Society Document


Yao, Jui-Chung

  Born in 1969. Lives and works in Taipei. He graduated from The National Institute of The Arts (Taipei National University of the Arts) with a degree in Art Theory. His works have been widely exhibited in numerous international exhibitions. In 1997, he represented Taiwan in “Facing Faces-Taiwan” at the Venice Biennale. After that, he took part in the International Triennale of Contemporary Art Yokohama (2005), APT6 (2009), Taipei biennial (2010), Shanghai Biennale (2012), Beijing Photo Biennale (2013), Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2014), Venice Architecture Biennale, Media City Seoul Biennale (2014), Asia Triennial Manchester (2014), Asia Biennale (2015) and Sydney Biennale (2016). YAO is the winner of The Multitude Art Prize in 2013 and 2014 Asia pacific Art Prize. YAO specializes in photography, installation, and painting. The themes of his works are varied, but most importantly they all examine the absurdity of the human condition. Now, YAO Jui-Chung is currently workings as an artist and teacher at the National Taiwan Normal University Department of Fine Arts.

LSD (Lost Society Document)

  LSD is a group made up of students from Taipei National University of the Arts and National Taiwan Normal University. In the beginning of the semester in 2010, YAO Jui-Chung asked the students about their expectations for this class whether to follow the normal class format or to investigate the “mosquito hall”. The students decided to do field studies. They identified 147 cases in six months and compiled the book Mirage I: Disused Public Property in Taiwan, which outlined the absurd situation in Taiwanese society and embodied the fact that “misguided policy is worse than corruption.” Meanwhile, this artistic action took a part of the 2010 Taipei Biennial Movement Project. It was widely reported by the media, and attracted a high level of attention from the government. It even prompted a call from the Vice President and a visit from the Premier of the Executive Yuan. After the meeting, YAO & LSD have constantly been working on the project and published Mirage almost every year: Mirage I (2010), Mirage II (2011), Mirage III (2013), Mirage IV (2014), Mirage V (2016) and Mirage (English version, 2016). The numbers of LSD members have increased to over 200 students and growing. The students’ art action was like a stone thrown into a pond, using artistic methods to hold up a social issue to scrutiny and engage the awareness of the people in regards to that issue.

Mirage:Disused Public Property in Taiwan
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