Story Mapping Chinese Buddhist Woodcuts

The digital prototype is created by Juliet Chou to show the possibility of building a GIS “story map” to accompany Susan Huang's book project. The story mapping application can not only help capture the flow of ideas presented in the book but also trace the transmission of activities and connect places, people, things, and events over a particular period of time.  Regardless of the background of readers, they may walk through the story at their own

vasaMuseum6 Aug 2017

這是誰的錯? | Human Errors: Vasa 1628

You probably heard about Vasa 1628. I can't believe that we spent the whole afternoon in the Vasamuseet when visiting Stockholm. The museum was devoted to the ill-fated warship Vasa which sank into the sea after less than 1 mile during the maiden sail in 1628. The spectacular failure opened the box of Pandora. There are wonderful conservation efforts. What an irony! If she sailed well, we wouldn't see her true face today.

image__met_exhibit_manuscript4 Feb 2017

通往天堂的一道算數題?| A Math Problem to Paradise?

In one painting for a manuscript called “The Path of Paradise,” recently exhibited at the Met Museum, “Muhammad see seventy thousand curtains made of light, fire, precious stones, pearls, or gold. Seventy thousand angels guard these curtains, one of whom leads him through to the throne of God, which is ringed by seven hundred thousand tents of enormous proportions, each housing five hundred thousand angels reciting praise to God.” (The Sarikhani collection, UK)   “穆罕默德看見七萬條金銀珠寶做成的布幕,由七萬個天使守護著。其中一個天使引領著穆罕默德進入布幕來到上帝的寶座,七十萬個帳篷圍繞著寶座,每一個帳篷住了五十萬個天使正在歌詠上帝。”

post_picasso1 Feb 2016

和畢卡索的童心面對面 |Stand before Picasso’s Mind

When was the last time you found yourself “talking" to an object in front of you? When we are young, we have an innate tendency to want to anthropomorphize objects we find before us. Once we’re grown up, it seems like the power of making stories with our imaginary friends has entirely disappeared! We see things, but what are we looking at? The feelings we get from seeing things in the adult world are easily

Turkish Coffee30 Jan 2016

看不見的伊斯坦堡 |Istanbul: Beyond Looks

In June of last year I took my first trip to Istanbul, the fascinating city which is home to the traditional Byzantine and Ottoman cultures along with modern Turkish culture. The trip offered me a good opportunity to observe the phenomenon of travelers like myself being unable to stop taking photos. From whose perspective do we actually take photos? Our own or that of others? Does our curious viewpoints, formed by our own senses and

post_fashion1527 Dec 2015

時尚饗宴|Fashion Exhibition Highlights 2015

今年許多有意思的概念設計展覽都圍繞在服裝和食物上。百忙之中只抽空看了兩個不同的展覽。 一場是紐約大都會博物館毀譽參半的「中國:鏡花水月」(China: Through the Looking Glass), 針對中國近百年來成為西方時尚文化靈感來源所辦的主題服裝展,請來導演王家衛為藝術總監,以不同導演的華語電影創作剪輯作為銜接不同時期中國藝術的橋段。並利用原本是博物館中主角的各類形式傳統中國文物,來“襯托”出高級時裝的古典造型和“聚焦”服裝設計的華麗細節。撇開展覽內容是否具有足夠深度不談,展場設計本身就是一場視覺和空間展現互動的饗宴。 利用到羅馬開會之便,碰巧看了另一場服裝特展,那是以食物作為服裝設計的靈感來源,稱為 The Elegance of Food Tales about Food and Fashion。 有趣的是,展場就在圖拉真市場 Mercati di Traiano ,位於羅馬市中心的古羅馬時期廢墟,但還可看到很多古羅馬時期建築特色,據說建於西元二世紀左右,是世界上最早的購物中心遺址。

post_cappadocia28 Jun 2015

高原上的仙人洞和地下城 | Endless Houses in Cappadocia

Cappadocia (中文可大約音譯為:卡帕多奇亞) 位在土耳其的安納托利亞高原上,具有地理和文化特色的廣大地區,實際面積大概相當於台灣(東西大約為400公里,南北240公里)。造訪此地讓我再次體驗到老莊思想裡「天地與我並生,萬物與我合⼀」的微妙關係。 千萬年前火山爆發留下的灰岩經年累月的風化下形成了如同精靈世界裡獨特的地貌。大自然無意間留下的鬼斧神工固然令人嘆為觀止,但是「小鳥無羨於天地」,我卻更對那些無名建築師和藝術工匠們因地制宜下的巧思肅然起敬。

glassnight10 Sep 2012

在威尼斯的夜裡 | Night Montage in Venice

藉著參加威尼斯建築雙年展之便,除了少數幾個觀光客必到的景點重新回味一番外,我們很幸運地捕捉到著名藝術家Fabrizio Plessi的《水窗》裝置藝術,無意路過小廣場邊熱鬧的露天搖滾音樂會, 還有以詮釋維瓦第作品著稱的interpreti veneziani 巴洛克樂團在教堂裡精彩片斷。但是,最令人難忘的經驗是那段夜訪穆拉諾島(Murano)上有六百年歷史的Seguso家族所擁有的玻璃工廠。雖然以前曾經有過幾次觀看玻璃師傅現場吹制玻璃製品的經驗,但是多半流於觀光推銷形式而草草了事。這次參觀是在一個夜黑風高的暴風雨前夕,隱藏在暗巷裡的玻璃作坊裡卻燈火通明。裡面的工作人員熱情地為我們兩人解釋了玻璃製作從無到有的辛苦流程,尋找新點子時的實驗精神,不僅是上了一堂玻璃吹製和創作設計的課,更像是經歷了一場火光與砂石的盛宴。

post_green17 Mar 2012

聖派翠克的一抹綠 | A Glimpse of Green on St. Patrick’s Day

昨天(3/17)是一年一度的聖派翠克日,很多有愛爾蘭後裔的國家都有慶祝活動。在愛爾蘭後裔佔多數的紐約市,第五大道上的遊行是官方慶祝的重頭戲,各派政治宗教人物總要露面表示支持。不過,對一般小老百姓來講,就是多一個可以在酒吧裡喝酒狂歡的日子,不管你是愛爾蘭後裔與否,少不了戴點綠色來共襄勝舉一番。 早上出門,我們刻意避開了往第五大道的人潮方向,還是不免到處看到綠色:從街上建築物的鷹架,路牌,水果攤上的蘋果,芹菜,到地上丟棄的啤酒瓶,回到家裡,除了理所當然地蕃薯藤的綠,透過聖派翠克的「濾鏡」赫然發現到處都有綠色的點綴... 配上一點恩雅帶有愛爾蘭曲風的音樂。哈!我們做了一天的愛爾蘭人^^ We're all a little bit Irish on St. Patrick's