Primitive Migration from/to Taiwan

by Robbie

Taiwan’s Collateral Event for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia is open to public from 22 May to 21 November 2021 at Palazzo delle Prigioni. Entitled Primitive Migration from/to Taiwan, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA) and curatorial teams Divooe Zein Architects and Double-Grass International Co., are organizing an immersive exhibition that tackles question posed by the biennale’s curator Hashim Sarkis, How will we live together?, which has taken on a new relevance since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Portuguese sailors once sailed past Taiwan and were in awe of the island’s beauty, hence praising it “Ilha Formosa” in Portuguese, for which it has become known. The profound interaction between Taiwan’s rich geological and ecological appearance, as well as its ethnically diverse cultures, has made the island a unique living place. On this occasion, the architectural proposition seeks to ask how Taiwan, with a current population of around 23 million, can maintain its unique way of living and its architectural culture whilst surrounded on all fronts by mountains, forests and oceans.

Primitive Migration from/to Taiwan draws from existing case studies and interdisciplinary collaborations that elicit in-depth discussions around constructing pioneering, environmentally friendly buildings to present an exemplary model for future experimental architecture. The three sub-themes of the Taiwanese presentation – Ask, Work Together, and Influence Each Other – foregrounds the unique relationship between humans and nature. These sub-themes will be unveiled through five architectural projects: Siu siu – Lab of Primitive Sense, Nature Monastery in Bali, Semi-ecosphere glass house for isolation and meditation, Lab of Primitive Sense and The Forest BIG.

Additionally, the exhibition will unite audiovisual and olfaction designs by collaborating with Peruvian director Mauricio Freyre to produce conceptual images and Äi Äi Illum Lab to design interactive elements, inviting viewers to experience a unique curatorial concept that stimulates our five senses.

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