| 21 : 00 – 23 June, 2018 |
The Trap – a handmade pavilion by Taiwan based Artist Cheng Tsung FENG has popped up at entrance of Taipei’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).
The artist known for his craftsmanship used his skill to set up a 30 feet high installation made up of bamboo, rattan and steel. ‘The Trap’ – pays homage to the fishing tools and materials used by various ethnic groups and ancient culture in Taiwan. The movement of people through and under the structure is meant to evoke the thoughts of ‘crowds of fish caught in a fish trap’.
Walking under the installation
The temporary installation which is at display till July 22, 2018 recreates scene of a giant fish trap catching people’s attention. The recently completed artwork was commissioned by Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Taipei as a part of its ongoing exhibition. After researching upon a common method of making traps, the artist strapped thin strips of the materials. The arches formed by rattan bamboo and steel seem to impersonate the entrance arches of the museum.
‘Human as fish’ caught in the trap
From the designer –
From thousand rivers to a museum, from hunter to prey
Cheng Tsung FENG is a Taiwanese young artist. With an old soul in his body, he is fascinated by exploring the wisdom condensed out of time hidden in traditional utensils. He is reluctant to let go of these intangible assets along with traditional utensils. Thus, he inherits them by design and learns to create utensils from their tradition.
Inspiration and exploration of shapes and sizes
Arched canopy at the museum entrance
Cheng Tsung FENG was invited by the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, an influential museum in Taiwan, to make a giant translucent space installation by hand. This work was inspired by Taiwan’s traditional ancient culture-Fish Trap. The fish trap is an ancient fishing tool hand-made of bamboo and rattan. It can be found in many ethnic cultures. After collecting and researching the fish trap from various ethnic groups, it was found that there are huge differences between shape and size.
Conical trap perched atop the museum arch
The trap spreads across the entrance of the museum
To further explore the factors, shape and size are mainly influenced by the following factors. Materials that are readily available in the environment, the kinds of prey, set environment and aesthetics of each ethnic groups. Among these different fish traps, we found that there are common production thinking and modeling methods. These intangible cultures hidden behind tangible objects are like living things that can grow in response to the environment.
Bamboo and rattan strapped in together
Varying forms of the installation
Thoughts evoked –
In this installation art, we relocated fish trap from thousands of natural rivers to Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, a 100-year-old man-made building. And replaced various kinds of fishes with the crowd of people. What will this traditional wisdom evolve after adapting to distinct environments and prey?
View from within the museum corridor
The installation soars high unto the museum building
Hunter & prey / Old building & new installation / Ancient civilization & modern civilization / Man-made & natural / Industrial& handmade / Ancient & modern / Put culture in the museum & put the museum into the culture / Inside & outside / Open & close / In & Out.
The artist alongside his installation at the museum
One of the punctures of the fish trap
Installation standing at the entrance of the museum
Project details –
Installation name – The Trap
Artist – Cheng Tsung FENG | www.chengtsung.com
Completion Year -2018
Photography Credits – © Sheng Da TSAI
Material – Bamboo, Rattan, Steel
Dimension – Width 20 m x Length 8.5 m x Height 9 m