Folk:Tie /繫俗台灣

「要是沒有關刀,就用竹竿接菜刀!」
[本文取自台灣藝術家:吳天章]

臺灣是個非常有趣的國家,複雜的政治因素族群的關係,導致有著非常”豐富”的社會型態。

塑膠繩 [俗稱汽水繩],是一個標準工業化下的廉價製品,臺灣在早期是塑膠製造業的王國,早已使用了一段時間。這種飽和的朱紅色塑膠繩,是臺灣非常特殊的顏色,它反應著臺灣經濟發展的過程與臺灣人做事的態度與精神。

經過實驗材質的特性,不改變原材質快速捆綁的意義與特性,以最廉價的塑膠繩作為主要的材質,快速纏繞那些因為工業化量產的關係,漸漸被遺忘的手工瓷器與碗盤,以特殊加工手法,使的塑膠繩快速的緊縮塑型,而呈現傳統花器的線條。

在繩與繩間,穿透著現那些因為機械取代人工,而漸漸凋零的傳統彩繪花紋,不改變用來快速綑綁東西的特性,重塑出臺灣特有的速成語彙,延伸其中的文化意義與歷史情感。

Taiwan is a very interesting country, having a very “rich” form of society due to the complicated political and racial relationships. When people emphasize on “Taiwanese cultural creativity”, are they talking about the magnificent China of the National Palace Museum, or the precious jade-made antiques?

Maybe we all had our visions too far away and had our eyes blindfolded, unconsciously ignoring the essence and value that Taiwan once had.

Plastic strings are standard low-cost industrial products, and in addition to Taiwan being a plastic kingdom, plastic strings have been used for decades, whether it’s used in street vendors or for store… it’s everywhere. There are many kinds of plastic strings available on the market, but this unique red strings with saturated color is special to Taiwan, it is more than a colored string, it also represents the process of Taiwan’s economical development, as well as Taiwanese people’s attitude and spirits.

After taking some time to experiment the material’s characteristics, its original meaning and uniqueness of quickly fastening objects is kept, and used to be wrapped around handmade china vase and dishes which are being forgotten as a result of mass production and industrialization. Plastic strings are tightened and shaped after being placed in an oven at 200°C, forming the outline of traditional china vase. Traditional patterns may be seen through the string’s gaps, yet they are slowly fading away due to the replacement of handmade by machinery.

The strings wrap out a result of cultural values and historical emotions of Taiwan, as if telling the story of the fast changes that the Taiwanese society has gone through.

For
新一代設計展
Date
2008