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Space Media Festival

I / WE / THEY – Art and Architecture Collaboration Programme 2016


Synopsis – redefining ‘I / WE / THEY’

The special theme in this pilot trans-context, trans-cultural and trans-disciplinary collaborative programme of 2016 is ‘I / WE / THEY’.  This theme is at the core of both the Space Media Festival taking place in Taipei towards the end of summer 2016 and the Modern Body Festival in The Hague towards the end of autumn 2016.  At the same time, the collaborative and explorative process led by teams of artist-architect will also span across both contexts.  The concept of ‘I / WE / THEY’ is thus being subjected to diverse forms of engagement between the body, the space and the medium, as well as being embedded in specific cultural, social, technical and spatiotemporal conditions.


Project Agenda

As intended and instigated by both festival organisers, the project brief has been formulated in response to an ongoing dialogue amongst participating artist and architects to unravel some of the most pertinent and polemical interpretation of ‘I / WE / THEY’ to be interrogated in the creative and critical projects:

– the ‘body’ redefined through the dissolution of corporeal boundaries and bio-technical augmentation

– the ‘self’ redefined through displaced, divided, duplicated/multiplied and prosthetic presences

– the ‘other’ redefined through relative, virtual and immersive interfaces

– the ‘space’ redefined through responsive and iterative process enabled by algorithm and agent-based tools

– the ‘public’ redefined through mobility, multilateral communication and distributed urban networks

– the ‘identity’ redefined through behavioural dynamics and telematic relations

and finally, altogether,

– the ‘city’ redefined through new notions of the previous six conceptual categories

We envisage that the creative and critical reinterpretation of ‘I / WE / THEY’ will thus be born through the interrogations of these seven categories by the five pairs of artist-architect while working across both contexts of Taipei and The Hague.


Project Criteria

  1. to engage with the urban contexts of both cities, and furthermore, specific sites within each city as suggested by festival organisers and site information issued
  2. to devise a creative and critical process of interrogation and reinterpretation of the main theme of ‘I / WE / THEY’ through responding to some or all of the seven conceptual categories mentioned above
  3. to negotiate and determine the nature of the ‘collaborative’ aspects within the artist-architect team at an early stage of project development (to what extent would it be driven by the individual artist/architect and to what extent would it be a joint endeavour)
  4. to allow a dimension of participation with both specialists and non-specialists beyond the collaborative team (preferably a mixture of public participations: in-situ, with proximity, remotely connected and with use of different media) to probe the possibility of indeterminate/open process and outcome
  5. to explore a diverse and multiple range of mediums for the twofold purpose of a unique collaborative project and the simultaneous involvement of people in both cities in its development
  6. to manifest new definitions of ‘I / WE / THEY’ as both a contemporary critique and a future speculation through public workshops, exhibitions and symposiums in both festivals across both cities