Cover Feature Lecture Series: “Ghosts in the Spectacle”
City Roots: Social Space and Urban Meaning
The 1990s in Taiwan saw the rise of three major urban social movements: “Shell-less Snails,” which saw 100,000 people gather on Chung Hsiao East Road; the “Green Bulldozer” protests on Parks No. 14 and 15; and the Treasure Hill Public Art Project. These three movements are representative of different modes of urban restructuring: the fight for collective consumerism, the opposition of gentrification, and resistance against neoliberalism, mirrored by the workers’ band Black Hand Nakasi, Tent Theater, the Losheng Youth Alliance and other cultural activities. Entwined with global anti-neoliberalist movements, the Taiwan experience gives shape to the significance and direction of contemporary anti-globalization practices.
Revolving around the cover feature of its October issue, LEAP is organizing a series of lectures on the theme of "art and social movements," part of the magazine's extracurricular activity and event module LEAP LABS. LEAP LABS are a laboratory, a generator, and a catalyst of artistic endeavor. LEAP LABS serve to
contextualize the discourse of LEAP magazine, directly enabling its realization in the form of lectures,
forums, workshops, film screenings, and even curatorial strategy, producing a series of experiential
bodies open to external participation, communication, and evolution.
About the speaker
Huang Sun-quan is currently a full-time Assistant Professor at the Graduate Institute of Interdisciplinary Art, National Kaohsiung Normal University, editor-in-chief of POTS Weekly. He is also an artivist who activities span architecture, media, social movements, and art.
About the talker
Wang Jiahao, architecture and art critic, architect.
围绕10月刊的主题，《艺术界》将举办了一系列关于“艺术与社会运动”的主题讲座，这次讲座被列入艺术界板块“LEAP LABS”之中。LEAP LABS与《艺术界》（LEAP）的文本构成交集，通过讲座、论坛、工作坊、放映，乃至策划等形式进行发散性的实践，打造一系列可以参与和触碰的实体，生产一种可以传递、交流和演化的经验。