Blacksmith Street Project (Work in progress)
Xingcheng Street, also called “Blacksmith Street,” is an area that rarely been recorded in the history of Taipei. In the Japanese occupation period, it used to be lined with blacksmith factories because of its close proximity to Dadaocheng and for the ship breaking industry at that time. Between 1970 to 1990, Taiwan was an important transportation hub for ship breaking industry. Start from Xingcheng Street, all the way down to the rear exit of Taipei Main Station was all called the “Blacksmith Street.” It had taken a significant role during the take-off stage of economic growth in Taiwan. Along with the declining of this industry, more and more metal work factories moving out to the suburb and narrows the area of “Blacksmith Street”. The once prosperous street and its history had been left behind and seem to be hidden in somewhere behind the fringe of the bustling Taipei city.
HSU Yen-Ting started this project from the “Blacksmith Street”, and carrying it on to the Dadaocheng area and Datong District, or even the history of traditional industry in Taiwan. Look into how did the changes in the political and economic environment influence the traditional industry and the old Taipei area. Histories, spaces and the body memories of the old workers, how can these be recorded? The exhibition includes the process of interviews, the pieces of lecture within history, the exploring of the Blacksmith street area and the iron substance itself in physical ways. Through sounds, videos, installations, HSU Yen-Ting hope to bring the audience some imagination and clues to the space and story of Blacksmith street.
Blacksmith Street Project is a long-term project and this residency and exhibition is the beginning of the artist’s searching.
Co-creator: HUAN Chia-Wen, LIAO Li-An