June 7, 2017 - Taipei Fine Arts Museum - Mist Encounter
e-flux Architecture
June 7, 2017
June 7, 2017

Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Mist Encounter at night. © Yi-Hsien Lee.

Mist Encounter
Program X-Site 2017: In Progress
May 20–July 30, 2017

Taipei Fine Arts Museum
No. 181 Zhongshan N. Road Sec. 3
Taipei 10461

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Modern Arts Dance Theater
June 3, 6:30pm
Modern dance
Free admission 

Re-imagining an Art Museum 
June 11, 2:30–4:30pm 
No advance registration required
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Basement Auditorium 

Out of Place: Between You and Me 
June 24, 4pm 
Open to the public 
Advance registration on the Museum’s website starts one week before the event
Out of Place: Liu Yen-Cheng and Lin Su-Lien 
June 24, 6:30pm 
Free admission

Program X-Site seeks to expand the syntax and aesthetics of architecture by presenting an architecturally themed installation in the Museum's outdoor plaza. Work for this limited engagement, experiential event is acquired through a public call for entries and blends art and architecture to encourage new perceptions of spatial relations. This year, 37 entries were received and following two rounds of appraisal, the entry Mist Encounter by Serendipity Studio + Kuan-Wei Chen Architects was chosen as the winner of the 2017 award. Mist Encounter consists of scaffolding, soft, permeable material and a water mist system. The work embodies the theme “In Progress” and responds to the impending renovation of the air-conditioning system in the Museum building with its water mist system and by creating awareness of otherwise invisible air conditioning.

Artwork introduction
A square within a square structure will stand in the large outdoor plaza in front of the Museum. The summer sun and breeze will drift in and animate the scaffold and mesh structure. An indistinct mist will arise from the outer square and draw visitors to come closer. As visitors walk from the outer to inner square, they will be gradually enveloped by the mist, and things will appear and disappear as the mist alternately gets heavier and lighter. The effect will be similar to an experience of passing through a heavy fog in a magical forest.

Mist Encounter gives rise to a microclimate art event. It creates body awareness with mist and creates awareness of air conditioning. Layers of woven material hanging from the structure form conical vessels for drifting mist, and create a border that is distinct and blurred, hiding and revealing the world.

In the double square structure, visitors can stand under the cones and breathe the moist and misty air, gaze out as they sit in swinging chairs, or chat with one another in the dense fog. The changing appearance of the mist reveals visible/invisible, public/individual, and natural/man-made qualities while referring to the theme “In Progress” and renovations in the Museum. Throughout the exhibition, performances, workshops, and forums will be held to encourage the public to consider and experience architecture differently.

About first the first prize team
The design team Serendipity Studio + Kuan-Wei Chen Architects comprises members from Taiwan and abroad. Using a non-hierarchical cooperative structure, and working flexibly via cloud computing technology, this highly motivated team was formed of representatives from a variety of disciplines and time zones.

Serendipity Studio
The studio was started by Chao Wei-Hsiang and Tseng Ling-Li in 2016, and were later joined by Tsao Kai-Jui, Lo Chen-Chi, and Tsai Min-Shan to create work for X-Site. The team feels that the design process is just like the realization of accidental forces or finding opportunities in unplanned events, and then using knowledge and creativity to turn them into designs. They believe that the purpose of a designer’s existence is to find useful combinations of things, highlight the characteristics of materials, and develop memories of events.

Kuan-Wei Chen Architects
Established in 2015 by Chen Kuan-Wei and Lin Yu-Hsuan, Kuan-Wei Chen Architects specializes in space planning, public art, interior design, furniture, and landscape architecture. Work produced by the group focuses on proportions between space and humans, echoes the innate character of life, and values the unique features of spaces and materials.

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