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[Exchange:Taipei] Chinatsu Shimodaira Solo Exhibition at Treasure Hill Artist Village

Chinatsu Shimodaira who is participating in Exchange Residency Program <Taipei-Tokyo>, holds solo exhibition "smell the frontier" at Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei. Please stop by if you are around the city.

Venue:Treasure Hill Artist Village "Frontier"(Taipei)
Date:2014.12.6.-12.31.  *Closed on Mondays
Opening Special Event:2014.12.5. 7:20p.m.  *Artistic Collaboration with Sybille Neumeyer

After arrived to here, I get to realized that the surrounding of daily life, no doubt, is full with regulations and standards, horizontal and vertical. People were here, built houses with bare hands for the living, which then completed this so-called symbiotic community. With various notches of history, Treasure Hill has been uncomfortably settle next to the hustle and bustle city. Surrounding with rivers and mountains, it continues memories in the flux of time.

I have created a new landscape with a type of material 'mizuito' in a place named 'Frontier (border, boundary, limit)'. Mizuito, by trying to draw out the basic criterion, has constructed the twisted time frame and multidimensional spaces.

The Treasure Hill village lays on the hillside, and Frontier Plaza located in the deepest part of it. The developing history of this land could be traced back to 120 years ago. Japanese military incidentally found the clean water gushing out in the Guanyin hill. Therefore, they have built a huge water tank; and in order to protect this water resource, the fortification has also been built. After the World War II, the Japanese military retreated; however, the place still remained as an important military strategic location for Army Command Headquarter. After the restriction of construction regulation getting less strict, retired soldiers and their families started to build the houses, bricks and tiles were then spread around the hill. However now, parts of the houses are disassembled and only parts remain. The ruin in the frontier plaza coincided with spaces which only have foundation left. Houses with no rooftops, doors, walls and windows broke into pieces stared at us with silence. Buildings without function and the spaces where people lived, how to tell their stories within these bricks and rubbles? The space has been violently displayed in front of us without any reservation. I use the mizuito, which draw out the standard, to create an installation from different perspective as to re-exam this space. The village is closely related to water since the past, therefore, I use the material which related to water to rebuild this space.

*About 'mizuito'
The act of drawing out horizontal line is called 'Mizu-dashi', 'Mizu-mori' in Japan.
Water could create a horizontal line in any condition. For instance, the water pouring into the cup, the water gathering in the tank, or the rain puddle in the uneven road, these are all the extension of horizontal line. Since the past till now, people all use this theory to draw the horizontal line and make the datum line when making construction. And Mizuito is the material that people use for making the 'Mizu-dashi'.