Loom, Dadaocheng, 2017
“Weave-Rob-Sound-Process-Roam” is a project by the three sound artists, invited by curator-guitarist-writer David Chen (Muddy Basin Ramblers), for the 2017 Tua-Tiu-Tiann International Festival of the Arts.
The three artists are visiting sites around Dadaocheng (pronounced “Tua-Tiu-Tiann” or “Twatutia” in Taiwanese), a historically significant area in Taipei, Taiwan.
Download the album below for free, you’ll get the program notes from the curator !
Dadaocheng, one of the city’s oldest districts, was founded by an immigrant on the run. In the mid-1800s, Lin Lan-tian (林藍田) traveled there from his native Fujian, at a time when lawlessness was rampant. Soon after Lin arrived at the northern Taiwanese port of Keelung, he had to flee from from “Haidao,” (海盜) literally “Sea Robbers,” or pirates. He found safe haven in Dadaocheng, where he founded one of the area’s first trading posts.
Since then, Dadaocheng has grown to become a center of commerce and culture for Taipei, and continues to transform. In the 19th century, it was the Taiwan’s main hub for a booming tea trade. In the 20th century, it nurtured intellectuals and artists, not to mention some decadent pursuits. Today, Dadaocheng is undergoing gentrification fueled by in part by historical nostalgia, and at the same time remains the site of working-class merchant businesses, which includes a wholesale market for traditional goods. It is also well-known as a major trade center for the country’s fabric and textile industry.
With this historical and cultural tapestry in mind, the Tua-Tiu-Tiann International Festival of Arts invited Nigel, Alice and Yannick to roam throughout － and interact with – physical spaces and people in Dadaocheng.
The elements of this performance are embodied in the project title, “Weave – Rob – Sound – Process – Roam,” which reflects both the historical development of Dadaocheng, and the actual work performed by the artists.
The trio are all based in Taiwan, but none of them are intimately familiar with Dadaocheng. So in essence, they were in the same position as Lin Lan-tian when he first arrived: a stranger in a strange land. Nigel, Alice, and Yannick visited and explored the area, recording and collecting sound samples to develop this project developed in two forms :
1. An exhibition
Consisting on the stereo sound piece that can be heard nowadays for free on Bandcamp.
Location : UURS 127 玩藝工場 URS127 Art Factory, Dadaocheng, Taipei
Time : 10/9-10/31
2. Improvised performances
Yannick reinterpreted the original recordings of Dadaocheng, meanwhile Alice (voice) and Nigel (electroacoustic devices) created in-site sound textures interventions, the whole being weaved into a partly narrative, partly abstract listening event.
Location : Thinker’s Theatre 思劇場, Dadaocheng, Taipei
Time : 10/15 Sun 14:30 19:30
Mr Shih Cheng-wen, Painter
Mr John Lee, Manager of Lee’s Cakes, a traditional pastry shop
Mr Titan Wu, Tour Guide and Public Relations Staff Member at Xia Hai City God Temple
Ms Liao Hung-ye, Tailor and seamstress at Yongle Fabric Market
More backstage informations and funny pictures at : https://fengdaoshengchengyou.tumblr.com/