Nui lag flow
Slow Food Design team was invited to participate in a one-week Plum Blossom Workshop organized by Yuan Ze University, Department of Art and Design. In Neili Village, located in Zhongli District, Taoyuan City, the chief and the school have been cooperating for 12 consecutive years, allowing students to enter the neighborhood every year in April to interact with the residents, present in the form of a workshop, and participate in local recreation.
The residents of Neili Village are diverse. It was originally established in 1946 and is an area in Neili with early development. Later, with the growth of the economy, more people moved in. Today, due to its peripheral location and stagnant development, the streets are narrow and the buildings are messy.
Neili was originally the name of a stream. The name first appeared in the Gazetteer of Danshui Subprefecture by Peigui Chen in 1871, and was called “Neili Xizhuang”, also known as “Neijianzaili.” After the old name of Zhongli – “Jianzaili” was changed to “Zhongli,” “Neijianzaili” was also shortened to “Neili.” (wikipedia)
Slow Food Design team led students to collect in Neili Village. The students had strong feelings for the winding paths from the organic growth of the buildings, the intertwined sounds of different languages and cultures in the alleys, and the lights and visions from different heights. After collecting local elements, students were separated into groups to create collages and comb through their mutual inner impressions of Neili Village.
The local market and grocery store reflected the life of the local residents. The students pieced together the cultural impression of Neili Village through the collection of tastes. They also used nearby materials—bamboo to construct the taste and structure, three-dimensionalizing the flavor map of Neili Village.
The students used bamboo to create a 3 dimensional walking map of Neili Village. The height difference not only echoed the walking experience but the site conditions were also used to create paths for the natural flow of water (a motor is used to circulate the water at the end). The students also collected sounds at different times and heights as an introduction to the project and guided the participants to enter the sound space and immerse in the scenario of walking in Neili Village.
The classmates in charge of collecting the stories captured life fragments of different cultural backgrounds in the daily life of residents, reflecting the interweaving of different cultural contexts and daily scenes: “40 years ago, I went to the battlefield and broke one arm, but the Taiwanese government told me that people with disabilities cannot drive. The benefits of modern times are all because of the protests back then.”
The students designed a lot-drawing session that allows participants to randomly get a bowl of sauce. Then, participants would pick up plain noodles (ordered from “Sanzheng Noodles” in the Neili local market) that flowed in the water coming from the top of the bamboo paths, put the noodles into the bowl of sauce, and convert the hearing experience into a taste experience – swallowing a bowl of story.
The history of Chinese noodles began in the Qin and Han Dynasties, and has developed into different forms. Among them (such as yellow noodles), adding alkali powder is not only due to the consideration of flavor, but also because the addition of alkali can make the protein in the flour interact with starch, making them more sticky, more viscous, more durable in cooking, and not easily softened and become soggy. (Japanese ramen also adds alkali powder).
The random selection represented an experience of entering an unfamiliar community, the events, people, and voices encountered may be from other provinces (mahjong noodles), Hakka (scallions and minced pork), foreigners (Vietnamese pho), or a new generation of mixed-race youth (mixed dry noodles) – random encounters constructing an initial impression of a local experience.
內澗仔流水席 Nui Lag flow
Neijianzai is the old name of Neili,
originally the name of a stream.
Take a walk on this path in Neili Village,
you will meet all kinds of voices, all kinds of languages.
From children to the elderly,
some are from Hakka, and some are from other provinces,
including Vietnam and the Philippines,
and students, etc.
interwoven into a sound map that belongs to Neili.
Students built the path out of bamboo.
The water flow is the flow we are in
and the most primitive appearance of Neili.
Organizer / 元智大學藝術與創作學系
Department chair / 陳冠華 老師
Leading artist, designers / 藝術家 廖琳俐老師、藝術家 邱杰森老師、環境藝術家 李蕢至老師、結構設計師 陳冠帆老師、建築設計師 辛柏毅老師、食物設計師 陳小曼老師、燈光設計師 林靖祐老師、服裝設計師 許翃銘老師
Students / 李季格、林竟航、陳漢瑜、譚文睿、林湘庭、邱宇、林佳臻、羅宇翔、盧相維、謝宜蓁、林竟航、莊于嫺、王筱琪
Venue / 桃園市中壢區內壢里
Special thanks to / Charles Chen
Organizer / Yuan Ze University, Department of Art and Design
Department chair / Kuan Hua Chen
Leading artists, designers / Artist Linli Liao, artist Chiehsen Chiu, environmental artist Kuei-Chi Lee, structural designer Kuan-Fan Chen, architectural designer Brian Hsin, food designer Slow Chen, light designer Ching-Yu Lin, fashion designer Jasem Hsu
Students / Chi-Ge Lee, Jing-Hang Lin, Han-Yu Chen, Wen-Rui Tan, Xiang-Ting Lin, Yu Chiu, Jia-Zhen Lin, Yu-Xiang Luo, Xiang-Wei Lu, Yi-Zhen Hsieh, Yu-Hsian Chuang, Xiao-chi Wan
Venue / Neili Village, Zhongli District, Taoyuan City
Special thanks to / Charles Chen
The “Plum Blossom Workshop” held every spring is an important event of the Department of Art and Design of Yuan Ze University. Yuan Ze University has been promoting the interaction among the community, school, and industry since its establishment, hoping to become a medium for revitalizing the development of local culture and art. With the goal of “internationalization, local cultivation, and sharing among students and citizens,” the plan is to create, display, and perform in an interventional mode, go deep into the community and campus, and develop a broader humanistic vision for students and community residents through greater interaction.
The “Plum Blossom Workshop” is divided into two types: drama workshop and art workshop. The freshmen to juniors of the Department of Art and Design will participate, and six to eight groups of well-known artists and performers from local and abroad will be invited to lead the students to create in Yuan Ze University and Neili Village. Each group is led by an artist, and the creative forms include architectural design, installation, painting, sound, video, community communication and interaction, etc. The creative categories are diverse.
The drama workshop is attended by first-year students and guided by professional performance teachers. Through the process of playing games, they develop their bodies and experience music. They lead the first-year students of the Department of Art and Design to understand theater, cultivate group cooperation and tacit understanding, and enrich the possibility of creation. In the end, the results of the art and drama workshops will be announced, and the teachers and students of Yuan Ze University will be invited to participate in the final acceptance.