Taipei Art District Festival 2015 – Sleepless Dwelling
The second Taipei Art District Festival 2015 organized by Taiwan Art Gallery Association takes place in more than 20 galleries based in Taipei Art District and exhibits up to 30 artists. Curator Luo He-Lin has chosen “Sleepless Dwelling” as a curatorial concept for this festival and has divided it into three groups: “Not Seen in the City”, “Art on the Corner of the Street”, and “Galleries Non-Stop”, thus making it the greatest opportunity to be able to appreciate art in the city for the whole 24 hours.
“Dwelling” is a place where we human beings can let go of tension and anxiety. This sense of security does not solely depend on “home” since dwelling also has a connotation with “native place”. In Martin Heidegger’s Building, Dwelling, Thinking (Bauen, Wohnen, Denken), “home” is regarded as separate from a building and is associated with activity that man performs. Home is both a dwelling and a place we live in. Because of human-to-human interactions, the concept of dwelling extends into a notion of “domain”. People living in this domain form communities. This kind of “urban function” produces a state of “sleeplessness”.
“Sleepless dwelling” hosts people whose existence is closely linked with the busy tempo of the city life. Dazhi and Neihu due to urban planning initiatives have transformed into high-density residential and commercial metropolitan districts with various industries, such as television and media, science and technology. Bipolar lifestyle with a focus on “day” and “night” has dominated these two areas. Taipei Art District Festival 2015 uses the idea of “sleepless dwelling” and by artistic means and with the concept of “limitless” enters into the lifestyle of “day” and “night”. It allows the general public to re-examine Dazhi and Neihu from a new perspective. People living in the domain of these two districts will break their stereotypes of this area, and will do away with the myth that during the day there are only office workers, and during the night it is a ghost town.