Taipei City, Taiwan
10(m) x 4.5(m) x 5.5(m)
Ma Nien Hsien ( Song: Taipei New York)
Ronn Chen & Chuang Pao Tien
Liu Che Chun
Ministry of Culture of Taiwan
Department of Cultural Affairs,Taipei City Government
Pop music is like the heartbeat of the city, it beats with intricate sensations, carrying abundant and intriguing cultural expressions of the era. Whenever nostalgic melodies are heard, memories of time when the song was sung are recalled by the audiences, warming up emotional memories within.
This work transforms invisible audio memories into spatial dimensions, interacting with the audiences’ memories in unique ways. Utilizing artistic creation to create a city with various expressions, enabling the audiences to go through a musical space-time corridor, reliving the good old memories of the nostalgic music.
Soundscape is co-created by the art group "WHYIXD" and musician “Ma Nien-Hsien”. Ma's musical style is infused with funk/disco elements of pop music from the 1980s. He composes with electronic sounds generated by synthesizers, narrating the stories and urban vibes across generations.
WHYIXD uses the special optical effect of polarizers on the signboard to present the appearance of the city. Lyrics of Ma's song “Taipei New York“ are converted into the design on both sides of the signboard, representing different stories between the eras and the atmosphere of Taipei/New York.
Soundscape will light up according to lyrics and melodies one by one. Polarizers of different polarization angles are overlaid with mirrors above the space, reflecting the hidden messages on both sides of the signboards.
By this implicit design method that is useful in creating a different sensory experiences, we seek to bring physical emotional responses. The audience not only could relive the good old days within their memory through the effect of lights and melodies, but also strengthen new emotional experiences by interacting with the artwork.