In celebration of International Museum Day on May 18th, the National Museum of Taiwan Literature hosts a series of activities during its annual“Let's Explore Literature on International Museum Day”event. From“A Map of Hsu Ping-ting's Petty investitune of The gods”to“Literary Walking Tours of Yeh Shih-Tao's Works,”as well as other exploration-oriented events, the museum has invited all since 2011 to“walk and read”through Fucheng (a monicker of Tainan) and unravel the city's memories. Each event is later published into its own commemorative book.
In 2015, the National Museum of Taiwan Literature cooperated with Taiyang Studies of Taiwanese Literature and History to plan a journey of“Delicacy of the South”. With the theme of Fucheng food culture, it has guided people to begin a memory through tasting and to walk into the prosperous, historical space of Fucheng. In order to reproduce the diverse food culture of Fucheng,“Delicacy of the South”takes on the interpretation of classical poetry. 16 classical poems from the "Anthology of Taiwanese Poetry" database are selected as texts for understanding Fucheng food, covering agricultural produce, aquatic produce, snacks, and places to eat. In addition to analyzing the content of the work, it also outlines origin of the food, its characteristics, cooking method and cultural meanings. Along with the touring of relevant sites and explanations from experts, public can understand the profound cultural heritage of the former Fucheng City, bringing people closer to classic poetry.
This journey starts from the Chihkan Tower and 14 relevant locations are planned within the West Central District in conjunction with the selected poems, allowing visits to places of food production and consumption. The route passes through Rice Street, the old site of Drunk Immortals pavilion(an upscale restaurant), and well-known attractions such as Du Xiao Yue Danzi Noodle and Hayashi Department Store. The final stop is Shezih Forest, where it used to be covered with mango trees during the Qing Dynasty.
For anyone who wishes to purchase this book, the purchasing location can be found on the website of the National Museum of Taiwan Literature. https://www.nmtl.gov.tw/content_152.html
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Daily+― The Second Greater Taipei Biennial of Contemporary Art
Baptised as Daily+, the 2nd Greater Taipei Biennial of Contemporary Art unites 35 artists from France, USA, Austria, Luxembourg, Japan and Taiwan. Engaged firstly in the biennial, the Taiwanese novelist Yi-Chin LO writes along the exhibition venues, Nine Single Rooms Art Space and Northern Campus, and transforms the spaces full of winding alleys as interwoven reminiscences into Wall Climber, which mixes residual images of daily life with segmented work on what had happened here. The novel is the first invited work that lifts the curtain of the biennial. Taking the novel and exhibition spaces as reference of inspiration, the invited artists develop as a card game their projects in multiple direction, and the developing projects later become as well a reference to each other, through which the invisible relationship of linkage is thus gradually drawn out. Therefore, the novel based on the exhibition sites and the artworks referring to the novel ― both create intertextually between artwork, text and site a sort of multi-level dialogue from which is generated a significance network of inter-reference, similar to a parchment-like invisible text, full of layers of overlapping and accumulated traces. Derived from the daily life, the Daily+ is neither translation nor representation of the daily; it is not a clean break from the daily routine either. Rather, it signifies that in the different slices of reality stands a subject of art creation who, by means of various art practices, deconstructs and reconstructs the daily in order to return to it anew. Out of the very returning can a subject reveal the originality of the daily. In other words, keeping a distance from the daily life, a subject is thus able to discover in the relationship of dependency some points of reference, of substantiality and of transcendence, and to further transform the daily into infinitive resources for creation. As a folding mark cut slightly on the inner of the daily, the daily+ diverges the dimension of the daily to the unknown, to a place seemingly close yet out of reach, and endows the daily with a future never expected. Thus, we hope to unfold a multi-dialogue between art and daily life, and at the meantime, through a series of forums and workshops, to reveal progressively the "daily of artist", and finally to invite spectators to stroll in a wrinkled space of imagination and thought so as to observe each layer of daily life, diverted, metamorphosed, or transformed. The more the daily becomes the daily+, the more the daily+ becomes the daily.
Lishan Scenic Area
Lishan Visitor Center provides information on the attractions in the Lishan Scenic Area, which helps visitors to understand the natural sceneries and cultural characteristics of the Lishan area. The staff reflects the hospitality of the indigenous people, warmly greeting visitors from far and wide. The visitor center is the best first stop to get to know Lishan. For those who love to take pictures, do not miss the free Atayal traditional clothing experience and the “future postal service” postcard delivery service.