Become a View
Site: Minsheng Park, Taipei.
Commissioned by: Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government.
Support: City Yeast.
Project type: Group project.
During this time, idea generation, and manufacturing we conducted together as a group. I then took charge of graphic design and photography.
Become a View is an interactive and speculative installation aims to rethink the roles and functions of street furniture.
I collected the abandoned chairs from different households in Minsheng community in Taipei. I attached metal plaques to each chair describing the functions of each chair and the issues arising out of these functions. In addition, I also attached ropes to each chair: they functioned both as leads to help people to take the chairs to the places where they wanted to sit, and as security cords that were attached to a security installation when the chairs were not in use.
By enabling people to take the chairs with them, I could observe which view the residents enjoyed the most. The idea was that information gathered in the observation could inform the future design principles of street furniture.
People could enjoy the views that they would not normally be able to, due to the fact that street furniture is normally fixed. Parents were able to enjoy their time watching their children playing in the park and take a rotating chair to enjoy a 360 degree view.
Every chair had its own traits and functions. People were able to sit on it, feel it and take it anywhere they wanted. This project enabled people to explore more of Minsheng’s community by interacting with these old chairs.