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. Starting 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.
Yenting Hsu started this project from the “Blacksmith Street”, and carrying it on to the old Taipei center – Dadaocheng 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. Through sounds, videos and installations, Yenting Hsu hopes to bring the audience some imagination and clues to the space and story of Blacksmith street. In this project, she also questions about how spaces and the body memories of the old workers can be recorded, and how the labor history is narrated.
Blacksmith Street Project is a long-term project from 2019 till now.
Co-creator: HUAN Chia-Wen, LIAO Li-An