採訪/ 李育萱 陳儷云
Xinwu is the biggest agricultural district in Taoyuan city mainly because of rice growing. As any typical agriculture community in Taiwan, due to a policy change, it now faces a situation where the young adult population is migrating elsewhere. It is currently also the oldest administrative district within the city borders.
Lu Shaochuan, a resident of Xinwu, studies for a master´s degree in Tsinghua University´s Department of Arts and Design.
"As a child, who was growing up here, it was easy to envy the city", Lu says vaguely as he looks at his grandfather´s fields behind his home. "But after really going out there, it was a surprise to find the city not that good either. So, I returned to my roots".
On highway 66, where the crops grow on both sides of the road, we who come from the city eye on the scenery and the ample space to breath.
Lu began his journey into arts in ninth grade by drawing. Because he had to travel far for the university, most of his creative works visualize home and focus on personal things that come from within. Later, with graduate school close to his home, and with more work experience, having endeavored the world, Lu began to contemplate "what else there is to progress in arts except drawing". He transgressed from surface level to the subject-matter as his creative theme shifted from personal to the level of the society. "For my works to move from personal level towards observing the society, they are bound to have more to do with questions like these – otherwise they remain too remote".
Experience of growing up had induced the motif for his creativity that was now "Land-spawn".
Currently being a resident at Hsinchu city´s Railroad Art Village, Lu argues that "a technique, which expresses the feel that farmers have towards the land, renders it possible for the new generation to better comprehend the daily food which they are accustomed to".
While in Hsinchu, he is currently planning to create something together with the local farmers. Having actual experience in farming work, and going deeper into how farmer´s life is, Lu explains to be in search of creative points of interest. Thus, his art is to act as a record of an artist and farmers experiencing together the planting of rice, basking under the same sun and feeling the strain of manual labor, with eventually turning those shared experiences into artworks.
Perhaps the importance of contemporary art – or the art of our generation, as it is often said – is the participatory process, rather than the latest style in appearance.
As for dramaturgy, let us keep an eye on how much can the land-spawn art achieve as it roams about the urban and rural areas.