Cloud of Unknowing: A City of Seven Streets


Cloud of Unknowing: A City with Seven Streets is a key exhibition organized by the museum in conjunction with the city government’s celebration for the 130th Anniversary of Taipei's Founding in 2014. Because this marks the first time for the museum to present a themed exhibition on the subject of urban spatiality and issues pertaining to space, therefore, two important scholars from Taiwan and Hong Kong specializing in spatial discourses are invited as co-curators, and they are: Professor Thomas TSANG from the University of Hong Kong and Professor Ching Yueh ROAN from Taiwan’s Yuan Ze University. The exhibition includes 25 important artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Japan, whose artistic focuses are on spatial contents, location-specific memories, and habitation relationships, with many new site-specific artworks to be presented.

The central theme of the exhibition deals with the multiple angles observed in today’s society, and by forgoing urban psychical structures and architectures, the focus is placed on examining the cultural elements and historical contexts contained in a city’s composition, and to closely investigate the interconnected links and implications that have evolved and been derived from urban spaces and cultural memories. Moreover, the exhibition further attempts to think outside of the box from the museum’s conventional approaches and habits with its venue, and from which, the third floor tube-shaped space is transformed to simulate a cityscape containing seven streets. From the artists’ spatial interpretations and transformations, the core subjectivity of the city in the modern life is reexamined, and through the distinctive features expressed through the various media of sounds, installations, constructions, images, manuscripts, and objects, the audience is guided to observe the interdependent contraposition between the architectural space and the body’s memory in the chaotic and vague modern city, where elusion and reality are intermixed. 

  • 其寬街 Street of Chi-Kwan 陳其寬 Chi Kwan CHEN 山水街 Street of Landscape 王為河 Wei Ho WANG / 劉國滄 Kuo Chang LIU  / 李祖原 C.Y. LEE / 陳富宇 Fu Yu CHEN 尺寸街 Street of Scales 藤森照信 Terunobu FUJIMORI / 長谷川豪 Go HASEGAWA / 五十嵐淳 Jun IGARASHI 學習街 Street of Learning 尼克•波納 Nick BONNER / 多明尼克•江森海 Dominic JOHNS...
  • Chi Kwan CHEN │ Street of Chi-Kwan

  • Wei Ho WANG │ Street of Landscape

    Landscape, as If There’s No Such An Appellation… About the Work: What is generally referred to as “mountain” is actually a pile of sand and stone yet to slide down. Now in the form of a mountain, the pile will eventually slide onto flat land. Likewise, what is known as &ldq...
  • Kuo Chang LIU │ Street of Landscape

    Fragile Ashes of Ink Landscape About the Work: Fragile ashes of ink inside the old house of Anhui Fragile ashes of ink from the old life in Tainan Fragile ashes of ink of the old impression of Yuanshan Fragile ashes of ink of the landscape from the former dynasty  Just like the Blue Print in ...
  • C.Y. LEE │ Street of Landscape

  • Yu CHEN │ Street of Landscape

    236851 Chenchikwan   About the Work: The incessant proliferation of human beings prompts us to have the imagination of endless migration and expansion of settlement. The Taipei City has been expanding eastward from its origins of Monga and Twatutia. Or, for example, in this exhibition hall ...
  • Terunobu FUJIMORI │ Street of Scales

  • Go HASEGAWA │ Street of Scales

    Window Blind About the Work: This object has mainly two types of scale, 1/1 and 1/100. As a scale of 1/1, it looks like a window blind which can control sunlight. But now I am totally fascinated that this object can expand the edge of this exhibition space itself from the point of the entrance in ...
  • Jun IGARASHI │ Street of Scales

    Scale of Forest About the Work: Time is a man-made concept yet is present throughout the earth and universe, crucial and initial.   As absolute as time, scale is another important concept.   Scale is also a man-made concept and a presence as initial as time.   Architecture emb...
  • Nick BONNER + Dominic JOHNSON-HILL │ Street of Learning

  • Department of Architecture - Tohoku Institute of Technology │ Street of Learning

  • Pei Feng LEE │ Street of Learning

    Alam About the Work: Alam Diaries: Walking with the Uyghur Ashiq “Ashiq” in Uyghur means “obsessed with the Lord” or “minstrel.” Not bound by homes or belongings, Ashiq wanders the world. Ashiq is not a particular person, but a group of people and a very specia...
  • Tsan Cheng WU │ Street of Learning

    Sound Map Zhongshan Taipei   About the Work: The metaphor of sound: An event that is doomed to disappear in the air - David Toop Sound has an invisible flowing power that initiates and constitutes space and events, it is also the fundamental element that constitutes the personal scope of fee...
  • Sheung Chuen PAK │ Street of Objects

    Alternative Taipei Journey Project: Mountain Trip and Valley Trip About the Work: Journey 1: Tokyo (finished, 2007) Journey 2: Kowloon (in progress, 2014) Journey 3: Taipei (to be scheduled) The “Valley Trip” series that consists in exploring the invisible parts of maps evolves in the...
  • Wei I LEE │ Street of Objects

    Street of Remnants Barracks / Kota KISHI Home: Records of the Relocation of Hongmaogang Village / Po I CHEN About the Work: Those that are minute, are diminishing, are waning, are dissipating, are hidden, diminutive, and modest. Under the influx of developmentalism and modernization, ...
  • Ting Fung HO │ Street of Objects

    Taipei 1/2 About the Work: Through the mediation of comics, the artist potrays the bygone Chung-Hua Marketplace and Chien-Cheng Circle when they still stood in Taipei City. In the process, the issues of collectivization, informatization, informalization, diversification and individualization, amid ...
  • Chung Han YAO │ Street of Objects

    EN. About the Work: Making electronic music seems like mathematics or sometimes a spatial practice to me. It demands the calculation of temporal units and volumetric ratios within a fixed time. My visual presentation employs the concept of audio mixing and permutations of formal units. It is a cre...
  • Ning OU │ Street of Utopia

  • Jiun Yang LEE │ Street of Utopia

    MIAO About the work:  Miao! Magic! Magical Temple! Miao is temple, temple is magic. The colorful phantasmagorical temple is magical, the abbot fashions an amazin’ 卍卍 maze. Me, me, me! Man, man, man! Me is man, man is me. People crowd together, they touch and love each other. I’m no...
  • Yung Ho CHANG │ Street of Utopia

    Little Detective About the Work: “Little Detective” of My Father “Little Detective” is a story that my father often told. My father would improvise each time, my brother and I adored it. Now that I think back, I find I can hardly remember anything. I have the impression tha...
  • Interbreeding Field │ Street of Cloud

    Unknowing About the work: Clouds ~ are the momentum of life in the galaxy Clouds ~ are Goddess Nüwa’s flowing satin shirt Clouds ~ are the veil before the sun’s face Clouds ~ are the moon’s ink-colored scarf Clouds ~ are the flying sails of the vast ocean Clouds ~ are butterf...
  • Che WANG │ Street of Cloud

    In Between Space Model: Cloud Arbour About the work: In-Between Space Model To create the In-Between Space Model, we developed a method by 6 basic cutting ways to create 54 kinds of In-Between prototype units, which could be assembled as ambiguous and continued spaces. This design method was devel...
  • Cooper FANG │ Street of Cloud

    Cloud Column About the work: A landscape like a natural phenomenon, upon the approaching of the viewer, provokes in his perception differences in terms of consciousness, not only in the perception of the scale and the image of the object (cloud and column), but in the relationship between spaces. T...
  • Ken UENO │ Street of Cloud

    Breath Cloud   About the work: Breath Cloud is a sound installation that creates a morphological liminal space between human breath and atmospheric, cloud-like, airiness. Using 100 mp3 players suspended from the ceiling it disperses an aggregate cloud of sound, which is also individually, uniq...
  • Jay CHIU │ Street of Cloud

    Undulating Modernity About the work: I thought I was dwelling in post-modernity or in the contemporary, With feelings that are supposedly light and airy. Like a gossamer smoke, the air flows up ever so lightly!   I gently await for the unknown in the midst of chaos. When the clouds before the ...
  • Roan, Ching-Yueh/Thomas TSANG

    Roan, Ching-Yueh Professor/ Yuan-Ze University/ Taiwan He received his MA from University of Pennsylvania and is a licensed architect in both United States and Taiwan. He had also operated his own architecture office from 1992-2002 in Taipei. Currently he is teaching at Yuan-Ze University in Taiwa...
  • Roan, Ching-Yueh

    Professor/ Yuan-Ze University/ Taiwan He received his MA from University of Pennsylvania and is a licensed architect in both United States and Taiwan. He had also operated his own architecture office from 1992-2002 in Taipei. Currently he is teaching at Yuan-Ze University in Taiwan as the Chairpers...
  • Thomas TSANG

    Born on the Island of Borneo in Sabah, Malaysia, 1974. He studied at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) in Los Angeles and received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, 2000. He was recipient of the coveted fell...