Program X-site is an annual event that solicits proposals for art projects to be exhibited in the Taipei Fine Arts Museum outdoor plaza. In 2021, the project Booom room by Overrun Guerrilla Act. x Arch For Real was chosen from a pool of thirty-one proposals.
Responding to this year's theme of X-Reality, the artists chose to consider the feeling of doom brought by post-industrial architecture and to use sound as a building material to create a synesthetic experience. The team created a tower shaped vessel that stores energy and simulates explosions with light waves, sound, and vibrations. The accumulation of these events and their physical energy create a dynamic game-like ambient zone. Audiences will be able to experience the structure through the different senses of touch, sight, and hearing.
The general concept for this year's X-site project Booom room is based on the letter “X” of the program's title, which suggests a boundless, unknown variable. With Booom room, the collaborators have launched a thorough investigation of possibilities with regard to energy expansion and the traversal of space in a set of installations that radiate from the center of TFAM's outdoor plaza. Providing a visual focal point at the center of the various installations, a structure resembling a nuclear power plant cooling tower serves as a metaphor for our worry about and quest for energy. Furthermore, invisible, heterogeneous sound waves are generated that vibrate the space and expand the borders of perception.
Vessel: Apocalyptic Architecture as Energy Carrier
A vessel possesses the functions of storing, preserving, and hiding. As a kind of vessel, architecture contains people, things, and invisible energy. In this project, the collaborators have constructed a post-industrial architectural vessel with an eschatological atmosphere, and used invisible energy to create an ambient zone that opens bodily perceptions. With the production of sounds and a series of reactions associated with explosions, the project simulates an energy implosion, and with structures, sounds, lights, and vibrations, ultimately forms a unique spatial experience.
Explosions: Explosive Shock Waves Traveling through Space
An explosion is a shock wave generated by an interaction between reactive materials and with extremely high kinetic energy. The remnants left at the site of the explosion lead to either the fall or rebirth of a civilization. In the space constructed for this project, collaborators have simulated the shock wave generated by an explosion with noise that leads to the disturbance. The waves spread through the structure so that visitors can perceive the changing vibrations. A unique ambient zone is created by both the physical presence of the structure at the site, as well as the main part and fragments that contain the explosion, light waves, sounds, and resonance. Fluctuations in the concentration and dispersal of energy create liminal spaces that can be sensed.
Art: A Spatial Topology of Multiple Sensations
Through the emission of waves and the removal of physical space limitations, the structure amplifies the perceptual field of visitors. Waves make it possible for visitors to perceive unbounded wave zones in a limited space, and in turn, create many possible compound perceptions. Art related activities further expand the significance of the explosion, bring out sensory topology that transcends space, and establish new dynamic relationships between people and spaces.
Through interdisciplinary practice, Booom room explores the territory beyond space in a contemporary art venue. As visitors enter the field and encounter multiple sensory situations, sound waves and vibrations spread energy to produce specific unexpected orders via continuous fluctuation. In this way, the work responds to the multiple realities theme of this year's program.
Head of Project: Chieh-Sen CHIU
Architect: Hung-Hsuan SHEN
OGA: Chieh-Sen CHIU, Sheng-Hsiung HUNG, Chih-Wei CHIU, Cheng-Tse WU, Margot GUILLEMOT
A4R: Yen-Fu LIN, Rhea HWANG, Bing-Hao XIE
Special thanks to: Born Free Inc., Huacai Opto-Electronics Co., Ltd., Zuo Dong Co., Ltd.