Sphere is a fictional figure created by Taiwanese novelist Ping Lu in a short story, 'The Taiwan Miracle', published in 1991. Sphere was set as a New York Times columnist. He coined the term “Taiwanize, Taiwanization” to describe a series of chaos in American society that people crazily follow the Taiwanese trend.
At the very beginning of the novel, it starts with “this article is dedicated to our miraculous economic development.” The line indicates the author’s ironic tone when composing. Meanwhile, the story echoes Taiwan’s social phenomena since the 80s and the power and cultural structure that chase and depend upon the United States. Nevertheless, the plot totally goes rather the other way round. It depicts the extreme Taiwanization in American society. And the craze could be told from the ultimate admiration and imitation of Taiwan’s culture, entertainment and material. In the satiric sense, the author on one hand deals with issues of Taiwan’s Americanization, and on the other hand, brings up important questions of international relation at both the center and the periphery. Here, we see a new mode of colonization emerged after WWII which is a penetrating force integrating history, military and economic power. The new mode contains the development of a nation in every aspect, and further shapes the local collective desire.
Exhibition period: 5 - 22 November 2016
姚瑞中YAO Jui-Chung + Lost Society Document
羅秀芝Sandy Hsiu-Chih LO
陳建泯TAN Kian Ming
Organiser : VT ARTSALON
Host : Hin Bus Depot
Sponsor：National Culture and Arts Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government