HOME 2025 - What would our life look like in a decade?
A decade is perceived and defined differently by various stages of a lifetime; a decade is not considerably long; however, it more than suffices as a benchmark for us to ponder the past, the present, and future, in the fast-changing dynamic of our time. Where will we be in the vastness of the cosmos after a decade? What is the role we will assume? How would Taiwan's geopolitical, socioeconomic, and demographical prospects look like in ten years?
"Home" is the thematic focus of JUT Art Museum's debut exhibition, and it's aptly named, "HOME 2025." It urges the audience to contemplate mankind's very-basic social unit, and spotlights the possibility of inhabitation arrangements through a spatiotemporal perspective, encouraging the viewer to think about possible inhabitation alternatives in a decade.
Our perception of "home" is the culmination of our imagining and thinking: we set off our journey from our beloved homeland — an island renowned for its incredible historic resilience and cultural richness－and discover gems of creativity. The fast-paced shifts in our demographic and socioeconomic structure have led many inhabitation issues to surface, ranging from live-alones, mesh-up living arrangements, and alternative cohabitation structures. Self-employed freelancers who work from home, and professionals-on-the-move have different demands for a workspace/dwelling place, and these demands consistently challenge the definition of "home." Instead of a commercial commodity, or an architectural fixture, home is a place for emotional and spiritual belongingness, and a sanctum for reflections. Only in being such a place would we come into contact the quality of life, the fiber of aesthetics, and fulfillment.
Ching-Yueh Roan, Wei-Hsiung Chan, and Sotetsu Sha are the team of curators for this exhibition, who have begun working since May, 2015, to coordinate among 29 teams of designers, architects, and 20 topflight businesses; they brainstormed for nearly two years to explore the different inhabitation arrangements of the future, and confronted the social, economic, and environmental issues facing Taiwan by engaging creative thinkers and industrial representatives. The fruit of their labor is a visionary and cross-disciplinary project that delineates the homescapes of 2025.
The program will feature six major themes: "A home where the sky meets the sea: a Tai-wanderful architecture perspective;" "One with the planet: do green and live green;" "Leave you never: a new breed of homes for public shares and private musings;" "Adapting to cope: a treasure chest of new living and thinking;" "Beyond smart home solutions: Comfort- and safety-first homefront applications;" and "Sense and sensibility: Home for emotional recharge and reset." The 30 projects are actualized into large, life-size installation art pieces, scalable models and photographs to conceptualize our not-at-all-unlikely visions of home, and create a "foreseeable, imagery diorama of dwelling places." And you are invited to join us on this extraordinary journey.
Six Major Themes
|A home where the sky meets the sea: a Tai-wanderful architecture perspective
The ever-growing international integration of worldviews, ideas, products and cultural influences, in one way or another, has directly and indirectly challenged Taiwan's local aesthetic point-of-view. This trending development, therefore, raises a question: has the time come for us to re-embrace the possibility of a bottom-up, locally-minded and independent design perspective?
|One with the planet: do green and live green
A sustainable home community hinges on environmental wellness and conscientious resource use. The core of what makes this arrangement possible likely lies in the ontological relationship between man and the universe. Should the core of a design be based on a narrow sense of anthropocentricity, or the environment and the universe as a whole? There must be a moral authority for us rely on as we resist the temptation of selfishness and wants, while look for resource-smart solutions that ensure a future for humanity.
|Leave you never: a new breed of homes for public shares and private musings
The world wide web has linked regions, services, cultures, and markets across the world through an interconnected systems, enabled by the ubiquity of social media and telecommunication services. They beget a myriad of imaginations about cosmopolitanism: every one of us is a member of a single community, with shared interests in a common goal, whether it is political, economical, or cultural.
|Beyond smart home solutions: Comfort- and safety-first homefront applications
Smart lifestyle applications have been elevated to a new level of comfort, sophistication, and thoughtfulness, making smart homes even smarter. By a broader definition, the smart home solutions can probably be extended to a set of societal behaviors and sensibilities conditioned by conventions and customs, even interactions between groups. Perhaps a new generation of home solutions also inspires a new type of "share," for "sustainable use of resources, and prosperity for all.
|Adapting to cope: a treasure chest of new living and thinking
In an age in which modern amenities more than suffice to meet the demand of contemporary families, our home can most likely be regarded as a vehicle or medium for specific social living; it can evolve into something more than just a physical structure, something with new quality and characteristics: raw material, spatial arrangement, the nature of its domain, a life instinct with programs, spiritual orientations or religions, or the natural environment. Our home is given a new mission in this new epoch. It is a place that adapts to alternative lifestyles to encourage participation.
|Sense and sensibility: Home for emotional recharge and reset
As a dwelling of a being (that contains functional purposes and identifications for this life), our home is now evolving into a place with poetic beauty: the simplest pleasures of life (such as light, air, the softness of grass and flowers) can awaken our body and mind, and put our soul at peace.
Ching-Yueh Roan, is a writer, curator and a licensed architect in the United States and Taiwan. He is a professor in the Department of Art and Design in the Yuan Ze University. He has published more than thirty books, including The Hometown at Dusk and Weak architecture. He also curated the Taiwan Pavilion Paradise Revisited: Micro Cities & Non-Meta Architecture in Taiwan in Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006.
For the literary achievements, his book was elected by the Hong Kong Asia Weekly as Ten Best Books Written in Mandarin in 2004 and long-listed of the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2009. He also won Wu Yong Fu Cultural Foundation and the Taipei Literary Awards in 2003, Taipei Literature Award Pension, the Third Annual China Architecture Media Award in 2012 for Architectural Critic, and the R.O.C. Outstanding Architects Award in 2015.
Wei-Hsiung Chan is a publisher and researcher on cultural phenomenon and social change. He was one of the founders of Shopping Design magazine in 2007 and served as its Creative Director. He also worked as the editor of Business Next and Deputy Chairman of Xue Xue Institute. In 2012 he founded three magazines, including sports magazine Soul, rock 'n' roll life magazine Gigs, and Shorts A Bimonthly. He was also one of the founders of books.com.tw in 1995. Among the several published books, he is best known for The Economy of Aesthetics: 60 Micro-perspectives on Transition of Taiwan.
Sotetsu Sha is a Ph.D. of the University of Tokyo from 2007, a former Associated Professor at Asia University (2008-2015). He also founded Atelier SHARE, Maison LC4 (2016~), and architects association of Little People Architects (LPA). He was the curator of the exhibition Coming of Age Logia Architecture 2012. In 2016 he serves in the Exhibition Committee of HOME 2025. With the manifesto "SHARE", he continues to spread the gospel of contemporary architectural culture and aesthetics in daily life through translation, writing, and curation.
Yin-Ping Fang, Wei Fang, Che Wang, Hideki Hirahara, Shingo Tsuji, Sheng-Ming Wu, Jay W. Chiu, Wei-Yen Shao, Hide Lin, Sheng-Feng Lin, Tig-Kai Weng, Xuan-Cheng Chen, Tsung-Hsuan Hsu, Wen-Yuan Peng, Divooe Zein, Borden Tseng, Wei-Li Liao, Dominic Chao, Kuo-Chang Liu, Jackie Wang + Henry Hsiao, Hom Liou +Ｂruce Wang, Chi-Cheng Lee + Tung-Ho Tsai, Frank Chen + Yu-Chen Chiu, Hsu-Yuan Kuo + Effie Huang, Shi-Chieh Lu + Jeong-Der Ho, Hsiu-Chuan Yang + Ya-Fang Kao, JiaHui Day + HsinPing Lin, Fieldoffice Architects + Chung-Sheng Liu + Shih-Fang Wang, Wei Tseng + Chao-Hsun Lin + Ming-Jui Hsu
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