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Sustainable Cosmopolis: Eco-container Art Project Application Guidelines for Visual Arts Exhibition

I.Background, Goals and Curatorial Vision
Through actions, artistic creativity starts to spread, sending inspiring sparkles among cities, villages and communities. Through arts, the possibility of creating harmonious coexistence between humans and nature is no longer a utopian and
unattainable expectation. This concept is exactly what the “Sustainable
Cosmopolis: Eco-container Art Project” intends to convey and present.
“Ecology” refers to the study of organisms in relation to one another and to their surroundings, derived from the Greek word “oikos,” meaning house or
dwelling. By using the container as a main carrier of the artwork, the festival
will integrate such actions as artistic creation, exhibition, declaration, ritual and navigation in an attempt to broaden the visions of local citizens as well as to lead them to take a better look at their home and then to realize its beauty.
Corresponding to the theme of home and also to Kaohsiung’s goal of becoming a
city of happiness, the festival will take place in Neiweipi, the sweet and happy “home” of the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (referred to as KMFA hereinafter). It is hoped that, through this festival, local citizens and participating artists can know more about the land which they call home and start to dialogue with the land and the surrounding natural environment to which their lives are closely connected. Neiweipi Area was once a vast wetland connecting several ponds and lakes in northern Kaohsiung. Its water came from the current Lotus Pond in the north and flew through a canal to Love River in the south. Sheltered by Mt. Chai in the west, this area was once a territory where the earliest inhabitants in Kaohsiung, Dagao villagers of the Makattao, one of the Pingpu (plains) indigenous tribes, were active thousands years ago. Han people later moved from Mainland China and settled down in the southern part of this region. The area took on the name of Neiweipi (a circled inner area) for Han people built stone walls around their settlements for protection.In the past, Neiweipi was known for its production of tarots, water chestnuts and lotus roots. It was a place rich in seasonable beauty. In spring, gentle spring showers tapped on tarot leaves as if to wake up every creature from winter sleep, and soft breezes played along with the orchestra of croaking frogs and singing insects by rustling a verdant sea of lotus leaves. In summer, after the frequent afternoon thundershowers, white egrets could be found gracefully perching on the back of some resting oxen, forming a picturesque image against the rainbow-hanging sky. In autumn, farmers were busy harvesting lotus seedpods and water chestnuts. In winter, this area became a haven for feathered friends from bitter coldness and also an ideal paradise for
birdwatchers. However, during the period of Taiwan’s economic take-off, Neiweipi started to see mushrooming factories amidst the invasion of industrialization and the beautiful wetland became a log basin. Before 1990 when the construction of the KMFA began, Neiweipi was like a wasteland covered by industrial wastes. Now, it is a cultural park of an area of 34 hectares enclosed by Gansu Road, Meishuguan Road, Makadao Road and Mingcheng Road, housing the KMFA, the Lake Area, the Sculpture Park, the Eco-Park and the Children’s Museum of Art. Neiweipi has transformed into a space of scenery, ecosystem and arts. It is now not only a favorite resort of Kaohsiung residents but also a successful cultural and artistic park that draws islandwide attention. Titled “Sustainable Cosmopolis: Eco-container Art Project
,” the Kaohsiung International Container Arts Festival, 2007 continues the use of container as a creative medium representative of this marine city as in the
previous festivals. Outstanding artists from home and abroad are welcome to join this meaningful biennial event. Taking place in the Neiweipi Cultural Park, a vast eco-park not frequently seen in world-class museums, this festival not only gives the participating artists the opportunity of making their creations in such a special site but also renders special meanings to this green park. It also
manifests that, in addition to more economic prosperity, Kaohsiung is seeking to become a better and greener city with more environmentally friendly values and to inspire more consciousness about the environment and the ecosystem through artistic creation. The “Eco-container Art Project” consists of five sub-projects
: 1. Container Creations: An expectation of a sustainable cosmopolis; 2. Container Arts Exhibition: A demonstration of the characteristics of Kaohsiung as a harbor city; 3. Opening Ceremony: A ritual of dialogues between man and land; 4.
Container Declaration: An international forum on eco-art; and 5. Container
Navigation: A voyage of dream and hope. The five sub-projects can help promote
deeper dialogues and communications between viewers and the works, inspiring more
actions of environmental protection.
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