Living in Place
Rooted in the landscape of Yilan, Fieldoffice Architects is an "alliance of gathered will" of nearly a hundred people's size that is growing and expanding steadily in contemporary Taiwan. It has gradually come to form through 20 years of seeking truth in the way of living. Because of its natural formation and genuine intentions, this way of living has unexpectedly become one of the common choices of the young generation when pursuing the ideal of "creating a newly-found local life through professional integration!" Please pardon us for not being able to systematically, structurally, and distinctively present our exhibition, for all of the events overlapped upon one another, and are still in a continual state of progression and revision. Thus in line with Gallery MA's spatial qualities that change with daylight, we attempt to use four "afterthoughts" to share our moments of hardships as well as joy along the way.
I. "Time as Friend"
I fled to America to seek new possibilities but failed, then fled back to Taiwan and settled in Yilan. Inspired by the unique climate condition, geography, mythology, history and rebellious spirits, I slowly realized that this land's democratic nature has always been very much alive, that as long as the young generation is free from the restraints of specialization, they could start from every possible corner and freely search for their own clients. As such realizations accumulated with time, and as the various strips of public connecting corridors were achieved, our work came to be appreciated by the people from their hearts.
II. "Life with Mountain, Sea, Earth and Water"
The breezes, the water, and the ecosystem pass through the city. A city cannot enjoy long prosperity if it only cared about itself. The urban and the rural have to help each other and inspire creative governance from each other. When others finally realized that we will not give up and walk away from this problem, people from all fields of studies began to voluntarily lend us their wisdoms until we acquired the necessary working knowledge.
III. "Canopy as Reference Line"
The real function of a canopy may include a conscious effort of "creating emptiness," which implies the spatial feature of a democratic, classless venue. A good artificial reference line usually reveals the beauty of the otherwise accustomed landscape to the public eye. Through these canopies of varying urban scales, we came to believe that architecture can not only tolerate cultural diversity, political unrest, but also embrace the passing of time.
IV. "Remember Our Own Bodies, and Naturally Forget About Time"
The climax of this exhibition space is the Yilan County's Cherry Orchard Cemetery. In addition to its civil, environmental, and structural bridge engineering, we recreate its atmosphere through a mixture of video images exhibiting clear sky, rain, fog, and echoes referring to true nature. Through these videos, one could perhaps see from his or her heart the sight of Yilan with its three rivers joining at the center of the Delta and the countless layers of sand dunes that spread towards the Pacific Ocean.
I hope everyone has a chance to strive for the beauty of his or her own hometowns through our afterthoughts.