《Beyond Architecture: Fieldoffice Architects + 7 Artists》 is an exhibition centered on Fieldoffice Architects. Seven artists who are familiar with the work, practice, lifestyle and philosophy of the office and collaborate closely therewith are engaged in this collective creation. Through multi-dimensional interpretation and portrayal and cross-disciplinary forms and media, they strive to offer an analysis of the office through the interwoven dialogues resulting from the collaboration. In doing so, they also seek to represent concern for the environment, land and people expressed through its architectural practice and common essence of openness to life and living.
The curation attempts to respond to two themes. One, the architecture of MoCA as a dialogue between the rich context and spatial order of a heritage building in the city. Two, create layered dialogues and an explicitly-structured exhibition format as a response to the subject matters of the show.
The spatial dialogues frequently leverage the action of “opening” as the modus operandi. The campus-facing doors and windows along the central axis of the symmetrical MOCA are opened to connect the atrium of the 2F grand showroom, as are the windows facing Chang-an W. Road in the 2F showrooms. Shading display walls inside the showroom at the 1F entry are dismantled to expose the building and introduce sunlight and breeze. Thus, abstract black boxes become display vessels and narrating spatial structures encompassing architecture, city and context at varying scales and interwoven in light and dark, inside and outside.
The video installation Swimming at the central foyer is not situated along the tour route but nevertheless connects the first and second floors as a ritualistic node for the entry and exit of the independent rooms featuring each of the seven artists. Several design maneuvers work together to form intricately layered, lucidly rhythmed and free-flowing narrative entities with overlaid intentions that transition between inward-facing and open, be they independent and whole, fragmented, overflowing or inter-permeating. Such maneuvers include: the overlooking and departing effected by the overpass at the 2F grand showroom; refrained yet articulate linguistics; documentary by director Chiang Kuo-liang which is fragmented, traversing spatiotemporal context and scattered throughout the exhibition; independent showroom spaces shaped according to the content and formal disposition of each artist’s works.