150 Meters of Love Home Peace

Artist: Kuang-Yu Tsui & Lea-ding Lee
Location: Xinglong Public Housing, D2 zone, Wenshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Year: 2020
Researcher: Pengshu Xiong & KaiLi Wang

This is a collaborative public art project between artist Kuang-Yu Tsui and director Lea-ding Lee, curated and executed by the Dimension Endowment of Art, beginning in 2019. Under an unfriendly living society, the film creation derived from the social housing attempts to challenge the interpretation of a certain contradictory space in the social housing through the several narratives in which the axes of life are separated and intersected, and to ask the possibility of the rules of the game of life in the collision between social values and life.Located in D2 of Xinglong Public Housing in Taipei City, there is a runway like what you'd commonly found in school playgrounds. It is a walkway designed by the architects in a 12-story residential complex to provide residents with a space for activities and rest. As it crosses different architectural spaces, it has been cut into a track that cannot run in any way, and instead of becoming an area for competition, it has become a shelter for the underprivileged. A dysfunctional runway meets the struggling community here, and the rules of the game in the social housing make it possible for the temporary residents to reorganize their lives, also provide another way to start the race of life here. The metaphor of spatial design reveals how the rules of the world affect the lives of the 500-odd households here, and when the runway is filled with the residents' trivial daily routines day after day, it also reveals the fact that a runway does not exist here.Therefore, all these unreasonable spatial arrangements are explained, and we can imagine how the residents reshape the meaning of this runway with their lives and the trajectory of their lives. Although the people who come here are all random, if everyone has the choice to face life anew, to face every crack in the runway, do these cracks suggest an exit that can transcend the limitations of the self, a possibility of mapping life's turnaround, so that the trajectories of those who could not be intertwined can be reunited?Flaws in space reveal not only how secular norms affect the residents’ encounter in life, but also reflect that our quotidian existence is in fact a seriously flawed puzzle. If we allow these flaws to hinder our imagination of living, the possibilities of life for us will be reduced. Be it the artistic intervention in the public sphere through social engagement or the social responsibility-driven search for clues behind absurd realities, this project captures all possible mirror images of the world per se. (Kuang-Yu Tsui)

Through the casting, I understood the residents’ ideas about family as well as life and death, which added extra dimensions to my thinking on labeling and inequality. I extended the discussion from the original question about the running track to family, life, and death, thereby assigning the attributes of Love, Home, and Peace to the three characters respectively. The track goes deep into the corridor of the building. The three characters no longer belong to one another, but raise questions about family as well as the beginning and end of life, which makes the work nothing if not intriguing and touching. (Lea-ding Lee)

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"This work originated from artist Kuang-Yu Tsui's question about the aerial runway in the Social Housing, which led to the original script, then invited writer/director Lea-ding Lee to co-write and direct this movie.

In preparation for the filming, an audition was held in D2 of Xinglong Public Housing, where residents of the housing were invited to participate in the performance. This movie is executed using a film specification production combined with public participation."

"Art House - Home's Progressive" is a public art project planned and executed by the Dimension Endowment of Art and organized by the Taipei City Government's Urban Development Bureau. Based in four administrative districts and five social housing sites, the program consists of 28 groups of art creation projects in three categories: "Art in Action," "Creation in Residence," and "Permanent Installation. The project also cooperates with the Social Housing Promotion Alliance to help artists understand the current situation of social housing in Taiwan and to become observers of the project. The project also takes the initiative to cooperate with the Youth Creative Feedback Family and the Department of Social Affairs of the Taipei City Government, so as to facilitate the smooth development of art energy in the community.

The curation of "Art House - Home's Progressive" is centered on the "Ethics of Residence" and discusses four aspects: the "Environmental Ethics" of sustainable nature and ecological environment; the "Public Ethics" of realizing the public sphere, resource allocation, and the new urban life style; the "Interpersonal Ethics" of extending relationships from the community and place creation; and the "Life Ethics" of thinking about the family, continuity of generations, and social responsibility from the root of life. The art projects are organized into four thematic chapters - "Sustainability, Ecology, Environment"; "City, Habitat, Innovation"; "Training, Education, Community"; and "Generation, Life, and family". Artists are invited to respond to the themes in their own creative contexts, and to explore the meaning of the themes through relevant art criticism articles.

Although this project is carried out under limited time and conditions, public art is like a stone thrown into a pond, stirring up the water in the moment and slowly forming ripples that spread, influence, and move.The global population living alone has risen from 6% in 1990 to 14.6% in 2013. Taiwan is no exception. According to statistics in 2018, an average of one in three households in Taiwan is living alone, an explosion of 42.2% from 10 years ago. The decrease in the number of children, marriage dissolution, single-parent families, and same-sex couples represent changes in family structure as a result of individualistic tendencies and changes in family ethics idea. Traditionally, the family does play an important role in the formation of an individual's life - it is always through relationships with others that a person establishes a pattern of existence.

Cultivate personal values and social relationships through intergenerational interactions. Today's changes in family patterns: aging, non-marriage and divorce rates are on the rise, resulting in a decrease in the proportion of large and nuclear families. The function of generational inheritance can no longer be limited to the family, but should be extended to become a part of social responsibility.Art returns to the original question, how is the ego formed? Perhaps there is no clear line between society and family, between public and private. Through their works, the artists ask how we can respond to the revolution of the family and the new demands of society, and open the embryonic form of life, generation and social responsibility.

The movie is based on the story of a runway hidden in D2 of Xinglong Public Housing. Although the runway, which was deformed due to its architectural layout, could not be used as an arena for competition, it has become a shelter for the underprivileged in a highly competitive society. The dysfunctional runway meets the struggling community here, and the rules of the game in the social housing make it possible for the temporary residents to reorganize their lives, and to start the race of life in a different way.The organizer will select 9 lucky members of the public, limited to 3 per session, to meet with the main characters, artist Kuang-Yu Tsui and director Lea-ding Lee, and share their thoughts on the film,to publicize and promote the film through the viewers' different interpretations.In 2020, after the public screening of this film on the Facebook page of our House Public Art Project, the film received a total of 12,000 views and 1,389 Youtube public screenings.

Progress Agency