Once a year, the long awaited 2017 Guandu International Nature Art Festival takes place in Guandu Nature Park from November 5 to December 31. This year's theme of the event is "Paddy Terrace." In addition to displaying 6 domestic and international artist's works, we will also bring people together to experience the ecological culture of farmland, rice production, rice food knowledge, and parent-child learnings through a series of planned activities. We invite all citizens to join us in a vivid activity with the nature!
Guandu was a rural and fishing village in the early days. The main occupations of the residents were agriculture and fishery. With the widening of the Danshui estuary in Guandu, the widening of Dadu road, the suspension of the railway station, the operation of the MRT, the change of living space and the downturn of the traditional industries, leaving here only traces of the remaining buildings that are lying quietly. These series of past and present traces are the stories that Guandu International Nature Art Festival wants to find and listen to. 2017 Guantu International Nature Art Festival focuses on the theme of "Paddy Terrace," hoping to stand in the unique scenery of the city. Through the artists’ works and the different appearances of the city, we will lead you to explore the natural environment together. The piece of paddy field combs out the level of urban space, so that everyone from the quick turn of life pace may find a sustainable dialogue with nature.
Artists from Germany, Spain, the United States, France, Hong Kong and Taiwan have been invited to make this year's Guandu International Nature Art Festival a great event. Artists are passionate in introducing the meanings of their works. Among them, the German artist Roger Rigorth has been inspired by "dragonfly's wings," and he integrates human landscapes (roads, ponds and buildings, etc.) into the texture of the veins to attract the public's attention to the dragonflies that move actively among rivers and paddy fields and to understand the habitat cementing problems dragonflies face. American artist Roy Staab uses the elevated horizontal bamboos to depict the dynamic shape of the paddy field, presenting the Han immigrants who cultivated the land. Taiwanese artist Chung-Ho Cheng places many small balls at the maze center and turning point so that parents and their kids can understand the habit of earthworms during defecation, which reminds everyone that the disappearance of such common phenomena among the terraced rice fields is a sign in warning that there is something wrong with the environment. All kinds of ingenious works attract a lot of attention, and even the turf here is designed to use different levels of grass to create the staggered appearance of farmland fields, forming an alternative artistic creation. At the scene, there will be introductions to the growth process of Guandu Rice, rice diet life, slack time games, festival culture and the display of local culture and environment friendly market stalls.
The Commissioner of Department of Economic Development, Lin Chung-chieh said that Guandu has beautiful and precious estuarine wetlands and has been an important habitat for migratory birds to enter Taiwan since ancient times. It has rich biological diversity. There is still a field of fertile land here, and agricultural production, ecology and life culture mingle very well in this community. The International Nature Art Festival has held 12 years at the Nature Park, which produced 81 works. In recent years, formerly exhibited artists have kept coming back to Guandu during the exhibition to experience the dialogue with nature. For example, Matt Chun, an Australian artist who was invited to create last year, returned to participate in the expedition to Shezidao this year. This shows that the event indeed makes people have strong connections with the land and deep feelings are generated. In addition, Taipei National University of the Arts has nurtured many artistic talents in the Guandu area, and it also hopes that Guanghu will continue to maintain the integration of agriculture, nature and art and to become a distinctive area of Taipei City. Guandu Nature Park is an important place for ecological conservation and environmental education. People are welcome to come to Guangdu Nature Park to experience the beauty of ecology, culture and arts.
The Guandu Nature Park Management Office said that, in addition to the international artists' works exhibition which will continue to be displayed until December 31 this year. There are also "Night-Visit Guandu Plains," "Guandu Local People’s Ten Kinds of Play" and "Children Together - The Light Guandu Story Travel.” The three major activities invite everyone to come together to understand Guandu and play in Guandu. Also, this festival invites the WildView Taiwan Film Festival to play films such as “Guandu Peasants,” “Estuary people,”” Wish of the Ocean Rice,” telling you the story of this land. We welcome everyone comes to the nature park to listen to what had happened among the terraced rice paddies. Detailed event information and registration may be found on the website: http://www.guandu-natureart.tw and Guandu Nature Park website http://gd-park.org.tw
Figure 1. Opening event. The stage canvas was co-arranged by distinguished guests and exhibitors.
Figure 2. Opening event’s group photo.
Figure 3. American artist Roy Staab's artwork invites the public to lay in the meadow looking up to the landscape.
Figure 4. Art Festival’s Series Activities: Shezidao Secret Adventure continues.
Figure 5. Taiwanese artist Chung-Ho Cheng interacts with the public.
※ The Introduction of Artistic Works:
1. German artist Roger Rigorth's work "Crisscrossing Wing " is an outdoor installation inspired by "Dragonfly's Wings" and incorporates the human landscapes such as roads, ponds and buildings into the veins. Dragonflies used to actively move at rivers and paddy fields, but now face the urban development challenges and cement pressure. How should we face this crisscross fate of theirs and ours?
2. American artist Roy Staab's "Han's Path " is inspired by paddy fields and incorporates the history of Han Chinese cultivation. From the perspective of the sky overlooking the paddy fields, a combination of many flat rectangles hangs in the air and presents a dynamic visual performance.
3. French artist Yannick Dauby's (澎葉生) work, "Something about the inaudible hunting calls of the bats and the voices and breathes of aquatic organisms ", is a collection of bats’ calls during their hunting. Through some special device, the sound cannot be heard by human now can be recorded. In the nature park, the artist uses a stereo way to render the sound, while at the same time displaying bat-related information. In addition, the technique of underwater recording is also used to collect the sound of aquatic insects. The aquatic insects living in the pond sometimes make sounds, just like the crickets and grasshoppers that we usually see in the grass. They communicate by sounds and now their sounds can be heard.
4. The Spanish artist, Jordi NN’s work is "Where the Paths Cross". In Spain, rice field is not only important to the local community for its economic and food functions, but also plays an important ecological role. Therefore, through his works, he wants to reflect the links among these different lives and to show respect for the earth.
5. Hong Kong artist UUendy Lau’s (Liu Jing-wen) work, "Collective Scenes" promotes the exchange of local residents, artists and the environment through workshops. The workshop produces works by illustration and hand-made or small sculptures. The participation and recording of the spectators about the environment result in the interactive design of exhibitions and experiences, and together developed into the final exhibitions.
6. Taiwanese artist Chung-Ho Cheng’s work is "Where Have All the Mud-balls Gone” With its earthworm holes and the dung piles, it magnifies the particles of the dirt ball and arranges several scattered dung mounds to form a small maze. The center of the maze and a number of turning points are put with dung balls, representing the holes for earthworms, so that parents and kids can understand the habits of earthworms in defecation during their walk in the maze. This work reminds everyone that this common phenomenon between terraces and paddies is missing, and what it means by its disappearance? Have we received the warning from organisms, such as the warning from earthworms in nature?