In February 2010, Taipei based Yao Jui-Chung initiated a joint investigation around the museums and other public infrastructures constructed during the modernising process of Taiwan, and which were barely used. Over 50 fine arts students from two national universities came together as LSD (Lost Society Document) and identified over a hundred locations that were colloquially referred to as “mosquito halls/houses”. Compiling written reportage, film and photography shot on location, this assignment that began in the classroom went on to become a wider engagement with public infrastructure and its abandonment, brought together as “Mirage: Disused Public Property in Taiwan”.
This exhibition brought to JNU, and to Delhi, a new method of thinking and engaging with infrastructure triggered by the classroom conversations between Yao and members of LSD. The exhibition also formed the background to the workshop Yao Jui-Chung will undertake at School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU (5th to 7th February, 2014), involving students from the university and other parts of Delhi in a part-material and part-conceptual conversation around infrastructure and abandonment.
Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi
Mirage: Disused Public Property in Taiwan has been made possible in Delhi with the generous support of West Heavens, Shanghai, and School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The exhibition and workshop are conceptualised as part of INSERT2014, a wider curatorial endeavor presented by Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, with Raqs Media Collective as Artistic Directors.
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