Drift City Photo Series

Drift City Photo Series

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This is a story, a story about the city. The main character in this tale is a not so significant, and soon to be forgotten skyscraper. It does not remember when it was constructed and it does not remember the faces of those people who once lived there. In its lost memory there seems to be a mission, yet it cannot remember exactly what it is. It drifts in space, between reality and utopia, endlessly searching for an ideal city. 

這是一個故事,一個有關都市的故事。這故事的主角是一間不甚起眼而且快將被遺忘的大廈,它記不起自己是何時被建造,更記不起曾經與誰人一起生活過。在模糊的記憶中它好像有一個使命,但它始終想不起來。它遊離於現實世界與烏托邦之間,不斷尋找它的理想都。 

 

This project is a critique on the globalization of the skyscraper typology. Skyscrapers are being constructed everywhere in the world because people believe it is a symbol of high civilization, yet local culture are being destroyed in the name of progress. It is time to reflect deeply about the true meaning of the skyscraper and Modernism. The Drift City project was inspired by William Van Alen’s party dress of the Chrysler Building back in 1931 and the painting of skyscrapers by Madelon Vriesendorp from 1975. My experience when studying architecture in Cornell University during the annual Dragon Day festival also has profound influence on this project. I want to make a skyscraper following this Modernist lineage, a humanized skyscraper as if it was drawn up by children. Except it is uprooted and freed from its foundation and it is searching for a better world, it is a fugitive of architecture and a tragic hero. 

It is my intention to allow the work to be interpreted in different ways depending on the background of the viewer so therefore I try not to give too much information about its origin. When Modernism first started it was for a good cause but as it develops it became globalised and seems to be heading towards an uncertain end, especially after 9/11, it symbolism changed from progress to destruction.  The skyscraper suit is made by foam boards which I tape together on site. When I select the shooting location I try to look for places that have surrealistic quality or strange story behind it to create juxtaposition with the skyscraper man. I created the building suit for an exhibition I curated entitled Personal Skyscraper at Para/site Art Space in Hong Kong back in year 2000. The skyscraper man seems to be symbolizing our civilization: modern, mobile but lost.

(The Drift City project was inspired by William Van Alen’s party dress of the Chrysler Building back in 1931 and the painting of skyscrapers by Madelon Vriesendorp from 1975. )

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Drift City (Dragon Garden) Photo Series

Drift City (Dragon Garden) Photo Series

游離都市 (龍甫花園)

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Drift City Exhibitions

Drift City Exhibitions

游離都市展覽

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Drift City Body & Architecture Workshops

Drift City Body & Architecture Workshops

游離都市身體與建築工作坊

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Drift City Videos

Drift City Videos

游離都市錄象

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Drift City Pulbications

Drift City Pulbications

游離都市書籍

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Drift City Sculptures

Drift City Sculptures

游離都市雕塑

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Drift City Illustrations

Drift City Illustrations

游離都市畫作

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