Gleaning for Intimacy at the Mountains and Margins of Taipei

by on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 Comments

At the mountains and the margins of Taipei exist diverse unique ecologies, old communities and new socio-experimental laboratories. These can act as liminal spaces giving us clues to alternative ways of living in the increasingly globalised, homogenous modern city. Exploring the remnants of leftover architecture, nature and community doesn't necessarily leave us inebriated on irretrievable moments of the past, but can inspire us to creative solutions and ways of living in the future.

Huanmin Village is a unique historical and architectural gem of a community, assembled upwards from the foot of Toad Mountain, Taipei, the last mountainside military dependents' village remaining. Military dependents' villages are makeshift communities built by Mainlander soldiers and their families who came to Taiwan in the aftermath of the Chinese civil war. With a lack of space to accommodate the huge influx of immigrants, most of the communities were built in leftover pockets of land, often at the mountain or the riverside. The Toad Mountain settlement lies at the margins between the natural and urban jungle, was built with a gleaners ethic and maintains an intimate community life increasingly elusive in our cities. In 2013 the decision was taken to partly demolish the settlement to make way for campus development. This triggered an ongoing preservation movement, from which time we decided to explore, document, question and connect with the community and the movement while it still existed. 

 

 

Gleaning for Intimacy (山城台北)is a film by Pinti Zheng and Nicholas Coulson

 

For more information on the Toad Mountain history, preservation movement and The Hole’s urban projects, see:

http://www.erenlai.com/index.php/en/focus/2013/at-the-mountains-and-the-margins/5454-liminal-realms-at-the-mountains-and-the-margins-of-taipei

http://www.erenlai.com/index.php/en/focus/2013/at-the-mountains-and-the-margins/5459-toad-mountain-edge-effects

http://www.erenlai.com/index.php/en/focus/2013/at-the-mountains-and-the-margins/5455-the-toad-mountain-community-arts-festival\

 
Nick Coulson (聶克)

I was born in sunny Torbay on the south western coast of England's green and pleasant lands. I'm prowling the streets, parks and ruins of Taiwan hunting for absurdities and studying the sociology of the underground. Furthermore with our nomadic arts and action space "The Hole" we attempt to challenge rigid and alienating structures.

出生於英國西南部,海邊的天堂為Torbay。目前在台灣的街上,公園,廢墟尋找世界之荒謬與世界之美,努力盡量在各方面跳脫框框。透過我們的游牧空間「洞」我們不斷地用藝術與行動來挑戰早已僵化的體制。

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