October 2 – December 30, 2017
I-Chen Lai explores and creates spaces for self-exhibition outside of museums and galleries. She is interested in ways of delivering knowledge and information to general public. Her art practice includes organizing workshops and urban intervention, creating environments for dialogues to happen. Taking the project itself as a “public space” which offers a discussion environment that is decentralized while focusing on certain topics. For example, an intervention in a traditional market that aimed to generate dialogues on commodification of nature entities (Rain Vendor, 2014), or using monetary circulation in a society as exhibition platform and a public space (Transaction/Translation 2014 – 2016).
I-Chen completed her undergraduate study in landscape architecture at Taiwan University and received her MFA degree from Edinburgh University’s “Art, Space and Nature” programme, focused on site-specific art and art-science cross-disciplinary practice. Her projects have taken place in many cities in Asia and Europe, including Taipei, Nagoya, The Hague, Rotterdam, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. In 2016, her project Transaction/Translation was included in the 2016 Taipei Biennial “Gestures and archives of the present, genealogies of the future: A new lexicon for the biennial”, where she sat next to the installation in order to allow conversation with visitors.
I-Chen Lai’s residency at 18th Street Arts Center is funded by the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan.