願景:大鳥壁畫提案 Hope–A Wall Painting Proposal for Pacavalj Tribe







Hope – A Wall Painting Proposal for Pacavalj Tribe
Dimensions variable
Architecture models, projection, photography

The deadly landsides during Typhoon Morakot on August 8, 2009, destroyed 14 homes in Taniao Village in Tawu Rural Township, Taitung County. Although the area was then designated a special zone by the government, the villagers strongly opposed plans to relocate them. In light of this, it was decided to invest in flood and landslide control work to make the living environment safer. The typhoon also caused villagers to reflect on and recognize the importance of their unique tribal culture and heritage. However, local historical records were far from comprehensive, so tracing and organizing that work took time.

This community mural project is part of a larger program to build a huge retaining wall. The paintings used to decorate the wall are to be based on Taniao villagers’ search for their roots and the various myths and legends associated with the village itself. The work started with a scale model representation of the village and the retaining wall on the mountainside as an interface for local communication. It also provided virtual drafts of the mural for villages to view and express their own ideas, with revisions to be included in the final work. It is hoped that this approach infuses the final product with a community or collective identity. This project was of particular importance to the village because it represented a vision of the future in which they could live without fearing for their lives every time a typhoon approaches.

However, even a small, peaceful village such as this has its own complex personal relationships and politics, so we first had to consider whether it was even possible for culture to coexist with innovation in such an environment. Besides being far removed from the art world, how was an artist to proceed with such limited manpower and resources? Clearly the artist needed to determine in person whether art was feasible in such a location. This particular project is a medium to long term program and as such, the model plays an extremely important role in the initial planning period. It serves as a focal point at discussion forums, allowing members to be informed about the nature of the project whilst also encouraging villagers to voice their opinions.

Work Description

There is an approximately 100x150cm base site model. Because the content of the wall painting could change as a result of field surveys in the area, several possibilities will be projected onto the retaining wall, on the site model. The base of this model has its own embedded speaker system which will play recordings of local children telling stories about Taniao Village in the local Paiwan language.

The wall is decorated with photographs, examples of anonymous works collected from various aboriginal villages, many of which previously appeared on the stage at community activity centers. Their simple and realistic depictions showcase theatrical type paintings or sculptures. These photographs were collected from villages (including the Taniao Village) in southern Taitung with in a 50km radius, connected through the 88 Disaster Reconstruction Joint Program. (Translated by Andrew Wilson.)