策展人的話 From Curator

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JEAN C.J. HU

不同於前三年在台北西區、溫羅汀以及中山北路老城區的探索、翻轉與再認識,2019年的「白晝之夜」選擇在發展不超過三十年的大內(大直和內湖)特區,相對其他老區而言,新興開發區在文化發展上的軟硬資源相對匱乏,但其起步就有如一個機會無限的培養皿,我們可以賦予它更多豐富的想像延伸與對都市未來文化發展的創新實踐。

2019年的「白晝之夜」,除將延續2002年巴黎「白晝之夜」在創立之初以「都市創新」與「公共空間設計」為核心的精神外,也藉由對大直內湖空間場域的歷史、地紋、經濟產業、社區特性等的調查研究,提出討論和相對應的藝術計畫。地理學家大衛‧西蒙(David Seamon)的「地方芭蕾」(place-ballet)理論認為地方文化的生成如同芭蕾舞者的生活操練,並由此逐步累積成一套非凡的秩序。今年採以此論述作為基礎定調為「雙面芭蕾」作為策畫主題,期待透過藝術家創造性的計畫,進入社區並與在地居民、商家和產業進行數個月的對話、發想以及實踐,日復一日的重複操演,於最終對外界發表展演,使居民在未來的文化生產版圖上能主動參與,進一步產生地方感、尊嚴感和認同感,藉由「芭蕾」化的日常積累出大直、內湖的多樣面貌,「現實芭蕾」與未來的「文化芭蕾」共聚而成的「雙面芭蕾」。

2019年的「白晝之夜」在一個地方感相較空缺並以產業導向為主的大內特區實踐,透過藝術計畫邀請民眾一起跳舞、一起唱歌、一起在新興場域裡找到生活況味,在那些閒置土地、河濱公園、商場、街道和辦公大樓間,回到最平凡的日常,在街頭找回城市精神,創造大內獨有的美學經驗和歸屬感。於是,我們對照台北老區曾有的過往,凝視被多數人忽略的環境細節與生活故事,以及當今全球關注的環境生態問題,用市民身體的參與呈現大內的雙面芭蕾,一個屬於在日常裡,平凡但驚艷你我的城市文化體驗。

Nuit Blanche Taipei debuts in Da-Nei (Dazhi and Neihu), a special district. This choice is different from the previous three years of exploration, transformation and revisit in West Taipei, Wen-Luo-Ding and Old Taipei City downtown areas along Zhongshan N. Rd. The venue this year is a newly developed zone compared with other historical urban areas. It lacks foundation for cultural activities, both in human resource and infrastructure. However, a void can be seen as filled with infinite opportunities for us to input imagination and innovative practices that will instill future urban and cultural development.

In 2019, Nuit Blanche Taipei will not only continue to present essential features such as Urban Innovation and Public Space Design, but will also encourage dialogues and art projects constructed according to a series of research on the history, geography, economics and characteristics of local communities spatially defined in the Da-Nei district. The Place-Ballet Theory proposed by David Seamon, a geographer, argues that the making of a local culture is comparable to the life of a ballerina: it is an accumulation of ordinary practices that gradually form an extraordinary order. We adopt the theory and define the theme this year as the Double-Face Ballet. We wish to use the creative projects proposed by artists to invite discussions, concept development and practices with the local residents, stores and industries. The performances would go through days of repetitive rehearsing until they are finally presented to the public. Through the process, Nuit Blanche Taipei would involve the residents and let them actively participate in the culture productions, impact the future, and in turn develop a sense of identity, dignity and local recognition. Such accumulation of the diverse characteristics is to balletize the daily practice in the Da-Nei area, joining the physical ballet and the cultural ballet into what we envision as the Double-Face Ballet.

Nuit Blanche Taipei 2019 will take place in the Da-Nei special district, where the development is oriented by industries, and a sense of local identity has yet to form. That is why we invite the local communities and visitors to come dance, sing, and discover what to enjoy for daily life in such a new neighborhood. Through this art project, the public will spend a day to return to the most common happenings, retrieve the urban soul from the streets they walk between the unvisited lands, riverside parks, commercial areas, streets and office buildings. This project wishes to create the unique aesthetics and a feel of home for Da-Nei. We compare the experience that the project creates to the beautiful past of those old areas in Taipei. We fix our gaze at the ignored details in the surroundings, the everyday stories, and the eco-issues with which the world is concerned. Let us take part in the Double-Face Ballet, a surprising urban cultural experience that will happen on a typical day, with participation of ourselves as a citizen.