Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center-Sugarfield

Tsung-Yeh Arts and Sugarfield- the information center of Madou Sugar Industry Triennial

As the factory and headquarter of the Japanese Meiji Sugar Manufacturing Corporation, Tsung-Yeh began operation in January 1912. After the WWII, the factory was taken over by the Office of the Chief Executive of Taiwan. It had been through several reorganizations and mergers and was shut down finally in 1993.

When the demolition of the plant was carried out in 1998, the cultural and historical researchers in Madou and local residents realized that the place which had once strongly connected to their life was going to vanish together with their memories. So they appealed to the government to preserve the site. On November 19th, 1999, the former Tainan County Government officially designated the Red Brick Office, Wooden Official Residence, Wooden Guest House, Red-brick Dining Hall, Japanese Garden, and the hundred-year-old camphor trees as municipal historic heritages. The old locomotive carrying sugarcanes and the stone rollers used in sugar mills have also been preserved.

Madou is famous for its folk beliefs with solid foundation, various traditional crafts, and cultural industry. Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center aims to foster craft art based on the resources of special exhibitions, workshops, the local cultural center, the international artist village, and diversified natural ecology. With the functions of developing craft aesthetics, recreational tourism, and education, Tsung-yeh has become the cultural hub linking up artistic and academic resources as well as community activities in Tainan. It is also committed to creating a flowing field through expanding networks and encouraging multicultural exchanges.

 

Sugarfield- the information center of Madou Sugar Industry Triennial

Sugarfield is the information center and practice site of Madou Sugar Industry Art Triennial which will be formally launched in 2019. This place used to be Tsung-Yeh sugar refinery shrine during the Japanese occupation period. After the Nationalist Government was established, it became a temporary elementary school for the sugar refinery and then Tsung-Yeh Elementary School. Sugarfield is named after the combination of the history of "sugar" and "school" and contains the spirit of "protection" and "education". This information center is the core venue and practice site for the Madou Sugar Industry Art Triennial which acts as a site without borders that sustains the spirit, value and possibilities of the Triennial and brings both local residents and visitors together.

Sugarfield investigates the cultural landscape of sugar industry. The exhibition displays historical documents and images also research data and illustrations accompanying a 3D model of Madou that follows the trajectory of the narrow gauge railway. The exhibition invites viewers to observe models, images, and documents to get closer to the industry’s history and intends to connect people, ecology, land, agriculture, life, and the culture and scenery of Taiwan through the Sugar Industry in Madou.

Madou Port Cultural Park

 

The archaeological studies and records about the remains of Shuikutou in recent years, the reconstruction of its natural ecology, and the transformation of life style in the area have helped us to learn cultural and historical development in ancient Taiwan. In 2002, it was acknowledged that the remnants built with a mixture of sugar water, sticky rice juice, and oyster shell sand in Shuikutou of Madou District were relics of the ancient port from hundreds years ago. More and more archaeological finds in the site and in its adjacent areas like Guo-gang Shell Mound in Siliao also indicate that the evidences unearthed are from the prehistoric culture 2000 years ago. In 2003, the former Tainan County Government designated Shuikutou relics as Municipal Historic Heritage and sketched the plan of Madou Cultural Park of Ancient Port. The Park aims to reproduce nostalgic scenes where there were massive port area, warehouses on the piers, aged wells, Phoenix Pond, Dragon Cave, and Mattau Community of Siraya Tribe. Daofong Lagoon Museum has also been founded in the Park.

The design of the Museum well collocates red bricks of traditional buildings in Han culture from southern Fujian Province and bamboos used in Plains Aboriginal houses. The slanted and wave-like walls convey the images of ships departing and arriving the port. At the first floor, there are exhibitions of unearthed relics and the experiencing zone of Daofong Inland Sea while the second floor displays the legends of the ancient port and archaeology collections and the third floor is themed by the stories of Daofong Inland Sea. So, visiting Madou Ancient Port Cultural Park can help you to learn the history of its development as well as life of ancient people on this land.

Long-Chuan Ecological Platform

Long-Chuan Old Station──Long-Chuan Ecological Platform


Long-Chuan is a station among Long-tian Line of the old sugar railway network in Tainan. Travelling through the border of Long-Chuan Village, it was also the station in Madou which was the closest to Tseng-wen River. In the 1980s to 1990s, with the decline of sugar industry, sugar factories were shut down one after another. Therefore, Long-Chuan Station was closed in 1980. The site of the station was then abandoned and hidden in long grass and used by local residents as a small farmland growing fruits and vegetables. 

Long-Chuan Station is distinct from other stations because it links the transformations of landscapes, industries, and environment from the past to the present. It also shows the ecological significance from the interactions between humans and nature. In the past, it was located in the territory of “Mattau”, which was one of the four major communities of early Siraya Tribe. It had witnessed the history of colonization, the construction of Chianan Irrigation Channel, and the formation of new communities and migrations due to the diversion of Tseng-wen River. It had experienced the era when sugar industry supported economic growth of local villages in recruiting labors, attracting people, and transporting goods. After the Station was closed, it had become an unmanaged site where people entered freely and plants grew wildly. At present, through the project of “landscape refinement” and “integration with community”, the antique station is now realizing the concept of incubation for fostering the development of ecology, culture, and public aesthetics.

2/3house

2/3 Art House

2/3 House is located at No. 18, Ln 34, Jhonghua Street, Madou District. 
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 9:00~17:00 (2/1-3/3)

Walking into the alleys of Jong-hua Road, you will soon spot two old houses hiding behind the low wall. Although the two houses are separated by the wall inside, it can still be observed that life of both sides was still closely connected by the forecourt and backyard. When the mess in the houses is cleaned up, the space texture of compartments and cabinets shows up clearly. In the rooms with mottled walls, there are some useless objects scattering around. The traces of life gradually disappeared with time passing by. Weeds in the forecourt and the backyard take control of their own land and keep thriving and expanding territories.  It's an overturn. The empty houses stay in the history whereas the yards have become homes of new lives.

“2/3 House” is to intervene the space with constructions so as to commence dialogues with new lives emerging after the destruction. We removed 1/3 of the house which were severely damaged and then used materials to repair 2/3 of the house. Also, we've transformed the 1/3 into a place where plants can grow to allow dialogues within the space.

Madou District School

Cultivating Arts in Madou Schools- Participatory Creations and Workshops”


"10 x 10 Labs of Art x Education" is a collective project developed and created by 10 artists and 10 local schools with the participation of school children. “Participatory creation” involves field investigations on local plants and landscapes as well as story-telling sections (narrative history) in the preparation period, workshops organized by the artists based on various media and methods in the mid-term, and the realization of the works collaboratively done by the artists and students at the final stage. In this project, Madou Sugar Industry Art Triennial serves as not only a platform for communication but also an active role in facilitating the interactions and opening up perceptions. During the process of creation and workshops, the artists and students can free their imagination and senses to feel local life so as to rediscover the stories in the surroundings and reconnect themselves to the land. In the future, the participatory artworks will be displayed in different schools; so, the visitors can have a trip to see the works around these campuses in Madou and further understand contemporary landscapes and the appearances of local life. From the works co-created by students, visitors can explore the art shaped by children's perceptions and imaginations deriving from daily life.     

Collaborative Projects with Tainan Manicipal Madou District: 

Dashan Elementary School, Wunjheng Elementary School,  Beishih Elementary School,  Anye Elementary School, Jian Elementary School,  Peiwen Elementary School, Madou Elementary School, 
Gangwei Elementary School, Madou Junior High School, National Tseng-Wen Home Economics & Commerice Vocational High School