Shu-Kai LIN

1983 born in Tainan City, Taiwan

2012  M.F.A., Department of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts

2007  B.F.A., Department of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts

Urban civilizations are imprints of people, things, and objects, defined as universal values by people. From my perspective, this is an overly romanticized way of thinking. Civilizations advance feverishly, transforming into utopian imaginations. For this reason, I attempt to present co-existing states of self and environment and reflections of the mind, drawing from my own life experience and understanding. I hope that stimulated symbols are expanded in our descriptions of living through imagining the past, present, and future. These symbols are the civilization I create.

I view and read urban civilizations like maps, further transforming them into extraordinary, fantastical maps. Maps include many settlements, exhibiting contemporary circumstances of coexistence and divergence, while we become accustomed to technological products and information, the sensations of our bodies change. A perception of confidence and cynicism in cities may actually reflect loss, optimism, alienation, anxiety, and void internally and physically. In contemplation and dialectal inferences, city dwellers have lost touch with their bodies. And yet connection between people has always remained an important channel in communities, with Facebook becoming a virtual platform of interpersonal settlements. The way we use Facebook is similar to a village, which expands into larger platforms like Google Maps as a way of observation and interpretation.

One is actually speaking about a different method of seeing the city and its urban habitat occupied by people, but also a possibility of imagining cities and spaces. In returning to a humanistic approach towards the concept of dwellings and emotions, a member of contemporary cities, under my fanciful imagination, will want to utilize this new observation, to discern and recreate the mental landscape of city dwellers.

The city I have created is not realistic in form, but an imitation of the mindset of contemporary human beings, a robotic way of life that comes from an urban lifestyle of repetitive work, which transforms into a crushingly tense mental state. I have depicted this state with neurotic, repetitive lines, and the simplest point, line, and plane, constructing a virtual city through layers. This is also a metaphor drawn from bodily senses in response to combined contemporary life and memory. As human beings continue to work as machines in oppressive circumstances, we must continue to create organic, divergent urban landscapes and civilizations.