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An Amazing Example of Culture Jamming Public Art


A Taiwanese artist in NYC projects ROC, DPP and Taiwanese independence onto the Chinese Consulate in New York and the UN Headquarters and draws attention from the FBI.  This story most likely won't be reported by the People's Daily in Mainland China, which is too bad.  More people need to find out about it, and people need to have a long hard think about their ridiculously anal obsession with flags and other national symbols.

Pictures from The Foreigner in Formosa.  Check out his blog post here

Also check out this article from the Taipei Times

Taiwanese artist draws ire in NYC


By Tsou Ching-wen
Monday, Jan 01, 2007, Page 1

A US-based Taiwanese artist was questioned briefly by the FBI on Dec. 11 after he projected giant images of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) flag and a Republic of China (ROC) flag on the side China's New York consulate and the UN's headquarters.

As part of his conceptual art piece Gordian Knots, artist Yang Chin-chih (楊金池) projected the DPP and ROC flags, as well as a "Taiwan independence symbol" on the walls of the consulate and the UN building in New York before being detained by an FBI agent and a UN security guard for questioning, Yang told the Taipei Times' in a telephone interview yesterday.

The original Gordian Knots which Yang's Web site said was deemed too controversial to be part of the "Beyond Measure" exhibition at the Taipei Cultural Center in New York last month and had to be exhibited elsewhere, consists of more than 2,300 ROC and Chinese flags, as well as the DPP flags tied into knots — using what his Web site calls an "ancient Asian technique" — on a Christmas tree, with lights intertwined in them.


Yang said that human relations inevitably are marked by mutual dependence and conflict, and that he was trying to show the distorted relationships between nations.

Feeling that a static piece would not be able to fully express this idea, Yang decided to expand his exhibition area to all of Manhattan by loading a projector on a truck, and projecting the image of a Christmas tree and various flags on the walls of different buildings.


Yang began at Rockefeller Center, moving on to the Museum of Modern Art and then the Chinese consulate and the UN building.

He said yesterday that he questioned by the FBI agent and UN guard for about 10 minutes until he produced a letter from the New York Foundation for the Arts that explained his project.

According to the Web site www.123soho.com, which is run by Yang, the "piece functions both as a Christmas decoration and also a challenge to the strong emotions surrounding flags."

The site also says that Yang "attempts to express the twisted relationships between nation states — in this particular instance, between Taiwan and those nations that directly or indirectly oppose its independence. It is the artist's hope that by calling attention to these thorny global issues, an effort will be made to resolve them peacefully."

Yang, originally from Banciao,Taipei County, has lived in New York for 30 years

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台客 “Taike” and Taiwanese Identity

From The New Ubiquity of Taike:

Blue and white plastic slippers, chews betel nut, drinks energy drinks, smokes Long Life yellows, anywhere anytime keeps the diao-ga-aa shirt (the Taiwanese wife-beater) rolled up to let the stomach breath. When du lan (pissed off), it's either "Kao bei ah!" ("For crying out loud!"), "Lim bei ah!" ("Your father!"), or "Lim bu ah!" ("Your mother!"). Every sentence begins with the word gan, fuck. At the KTV, he orders up some guang high, Cantonese hard house music, and blows a whistle like crazy. Or maybe the fashion is hip hop, bling-bling. Or maybe at the trance club TeXound – also known as tai ke shuang (台客爽) – he comes after the mei mei, the chicks, with shouts of yo-la! Yo-la! Shake it! Shake it! These are all elements of tai ke style, right? But if all that's true, then what is tai ke?

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Two other interesting articles about "taike":

Taiwan youth dress down to assert identity

This dress and behaviour code, known loosely as "tai-ke", has been a minor rage for about 20 years as Taiwan youth seek a distinctly local identity in the face of China's threats to declare the whole island Chinese, social commentators say.

Today, confident in their Taiwan identity, their outward appearance is slowly morphing from traditional down-home garb to trendy and often clashing fashion styles from just about anywhere.

"They like Taiwan culture and think they want to support their own country's nationality," said He Hsiao-yun, 25, a student at National Taipei University.

'New taike' not the old insult

Originally a pejorative term assigned to 'uncultured' Taiwanese, 'taike' is being co-opted by the people it once insulted and has become a part of popular culture

Check out Michael Turton's blog entry on the subject as well.