Taipei City Government is starting the city’s 130th birthday celebrations with an attempt to collect and share people’s memories and experiences of Taipei, ahead of the anniversary in November next year.
Local artists will work through a series of public workshops, using their artwork to highlight the history and features of the city, as well as to reflect people’s memories.
The “Taipei Image” workshops start today and will run through Sunday next week.
“Teenage Map” in front of the MRT’s Xinmending Station begins at 10am today, and will include street interviews with visitors to gather their experiences of Ximending.
People are encouraged to bring things that would define their teenage years in the city to the venue, such as photos or old cassettes.
In another workshop — “Legend Map” — at URS 44 Dadaocheng Story House tomorrow, artist Tu Wei-cheng (涂維政) will introduce 15 women who collaborated to create shadow puppet shows.
Members of the public will be able to make their own shadow puppets under the guidance of the puppet makers.
Taipei Image project manager Chen Tzu-hui (陳姿卉) said different artists will hold various workshops across Taipei, from Ximending to the Eastern District, the Yuanshan area to Nankang, and put together Taipei residents’ memories about the individual districts.
“In celebrating the 130th birthday of Taipei City, we want to collect different stories from Taipei residents about their lives in the city. We believe that such collective creations will show a more authentic and multi-faceted Taipei,” Chen said.
Art creations from the workshops will be demonstrated in the form of eight maps with different themes during a two-week exhibition, which will be held at Bopiliao historic block in Wanhua District (萬華) from Oct. 18 to Oct. 30.
For more information about the workshops, visit the project’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/taipeiart130.