EVENT HISTORY

Migratory Matter - Rememory and Reworking in Mattau

Migratory Matter - Rememory and Reworking in Mattau

● The Return to Historical Sites
We start with the railway system and irrigation canals while mining the historical archives, literature, and old photographs for further analysis and conversation. It is important to reconstruct the historical scene in a nostalgic sensibility. Yet in our attempts to release the lived experiences, we seek to confront historical changes without erasing the past altogether in the creation of a memorial place that is indispensable to industrial and natural histories in Taiwan.
● Artists' Intervention into the Future
The framework the field includes the fabric of the settlement that was once inseparable to the railroads and irrigation canals. With this dialectics in mind, we invite historians, botanist, photographer,ethnographer, artists, architects, and landscape architects to engage in this multi-facet environment unearthed by the ear-lier surveys and reconnaissance. Building upon this reciprocity between human and natural environment, the archival and artistic productions inform each other.
● From Archival Works to Earthwork Fields
The dynamic relationship between the archival works and the regional museum would be a continuous dialogue between artworks and the site that reenact both invisible and visible worlds of the Madou District.
Tsung Yeh No. 429- a Visible and Invisible Landscape of Sugar Industry

Tsung Yeh No. 429- a Visible and Invisible Landscape of Sugar Industry

Since Dutch-rule era, Madou’s history has been strongly connected with its sugar manufacturing industry. In Qing Dynasty, sugar mills were used for production while in Japanese-rule era, modern sugar factories were built for sugar manufacturing. Since then, urban development, scenes, economy, and people’s life in Southern Taiwan had been evolving with the prosperous sugar industry. Railways extending from different sugar factories, sugarcane fields, and irrigation systems thus formed an inseparable network together with the lifestyle of local communities. The network interlaced with its surroundings not only resulted in a variety of natural and cultural distinctiveness but also played a major role in bringing together life and memories of local residents. The associations of this network composed an invisible landscape. The project, “Tsung Yeh No. 429- a Visible and Invisible Landscape of Sugar Industry”, centers on Tseng Yeh in Madou and its adjacent sugar factories as a starting point. In a year of investigation and study, artists and researchers engaged in contemporary art and architecture have focused on the unique texture and context of sugar industry, bagasse (sugarcane fibers), daily routine and work of labors, memories and narration of local people, historic archives of sugar industry, literature, and images from the perspectives of records, labors, residues and remains. They have commenced dialogues with local people after comprehensive observation, study, analysis, and discussion to assess the possibilities of reviving the invisible landscape in the present day by restoring railways constructed to support sugar industry in the past. Artworks are created through introspection about the generation of landscape, architecture, and art. Further reading and thinking about city, landscape, and people’s life have also been carried out to stimulate more innovation as another approach to imagination.
Activity Statement
Sugar Town-searching sweet memory in Tainan

Sugar Town-searching sweet memory in Tainan

Tsung-Yeh, a decommissioned sugar refinery in Madou, is represented by its antique Japanese buildings that had been through the glory of sugar industry and are surrounded by the towering old trees. Although the rumbling factory lines already fulfilled the mission and were shut down, the century-old history of sugar industry has been preserved and remembered. The exhibition, which is a compilation of life stories from 17 sugar-manufacturing employees, links up the precious sugar-making process from sugarcanes, presents 5 cultural parks that are transformed from old sugar refineries in Tainan, and constructs a complete map for Tainan’s sugar industry.
At the second floor of Guest House, there is a Japanese tea house where visitors can have some Japanese tea and traditional handmade rice crispy while enjoying the view of poetic garden scenery and the details of the building. The visitors shall experience the carefree lifestyle of ancient literati by just sitting in this beautiful historical building, strengthening friendship by tea, and being delighted by the scenery. You are invited to join the journey of “Sugar Town-searching sweet memory in Tainan” to learn the prosperous past of sugar industry and feel the sweet lifestyle.