Longci and Hu Xing Shan Park, one of the famous spots here, are known for their rather unique rugged chalk soil landforms. It is said that people relate these landforms to dragons and tigers and thus come up with these names (“Long” means “dragon,” “ci” means “rugged,” and “Hu Xing” actually means “tiger-shaped” in Chinese). Settlements were formed here since the 19th century, and they bring about precious histories and stories for Longci.
Astonishing natural scenery, rugged landform, combined with its lessening population, Longci gradually becomes the symbol of “void mountain.” It is considered a classic mountainside village—a place we only know little about and not familiar with. But at the same time, there are more and more art-related projects here in the Longci district. The district office and the locals worked together and established the Longci Markets, “The stair of cats,” and Longci Bamboo Charcoal, just to name a few.
“In terms of agriculture value, the lands here are quite worthless. But they are beautiful lands if we change our point of view.”
The twists and turns of Longci's history imply the common issue we human beings have to face : the choice of value. Such history and choices are the origins of “Longci Light Festival.”
“Fireflies glow, yet they are not real fire,/ The round dew on lotus is far from pearl.” Inspired from Bai Juyi’s Speaking Freely, the team tries to present the powerful aspect of artwork, which is to cross the borderline between true and false, real and unreal, and material and spiritual. In the world of art, the glow of fireflies is not fire, yet superior to it, for the glow is able to evoke people’s feelings. The Light Insect by the team is an attempt to create a world where truth and false being redefined, and with the arrangement of artworks and symbols, they would eventually mingle together.
What we hope to achieve through “Longci Light Festival” is to convey the concept “The Choice of Value : Seeing Life.”
It means to focus on the very moment we are living, what we have now, what the government and people in Longci have accomplished before, and most important of all, the current moment of Longci. “Light Festival,” the artworks by passionate artists, and the fabled tale “Void Mountain” are our message and hope toward every visitors. We want our visitors to “see” our life, Longci, and Taiwan.
Longci, as a little village in Southern Taiwan, does have some interesting stories and historic background, and this is why it becomes the perfect choice for “Light Festival.” Once there was a protest against the construction of landfill, and such protest shows that Taiwanese people do care about and love our homeland. After the protest, more and more people, young or old, start visiting Longci and begin to “see” the beauty here. The beauty of wildlife and historic heritage/stories here are values celebrated by all kinds of people. “Void Mountain Festival” will be the next chapter of the dramatic and vigorous story of Longci. There will be a brand new start.
Since the invention of the Internet, the rampaging globalization seems to slow down now. The trend now is to return to our hometown instead of pursing the same value. Such trend has already existed since late 20th century, and now it grows even stronger and redefines our hometown/countryside.
No longer simply meaning nostalgic, tradition-oriented, The new concept of place/location is a geopolitical one. People renew and understand once again about their homelands and cultures, sharing them to the whole world through Internet or other forms of media. It is, at the same time, the redefining of globalization. We are now living in the era of glocalization.
Traditionally, “void” appears to be a rather positive symbol in our culture: the tranquility of a “void” mountain, and the retrospective aspect of “void.” Both of the symbols suggest the same thing : being humble and mindful about our world.
The main theme of Longci Light Festival is “Void Mountain,” and it is presented in two different ways. The word “Void Mountain” originates from the imagery of countryside villages losing their population. Without proper understandings of local communities and cultures, modern-day people tend to consider these villages as “void” or “deserted.” Such misleading imagery not only exists in Longci but the whole world. It is a worldwide aftereffect of globalization. Worse yet, if no one cares about correcting such wrong imagery, our valuable heritages of human history and culture would be at risk.
“Void Mountain” implies the imagery of “humbleness.” We expect our visitors to experience a journey of “void” and “full.” With imagery of an empty and void mountain being the start, we would end up appreciating a mountain full of life. We could relish the beauty of Longci, rethink about ourselves and eventually gain a further understanding of Taiwan.
The humble imagery of “Void Mountain” is also retrospective. Through its impactful title and key visual, a sense of misery is presented at first. In contrast to such misery, we could also experience “a mountain full of life.” The “mountain full of life” is the symbol of wildlife and at the same time, the ley lines of humanity, history, and society.
We live in a world with flooded information. Modern people seem to “see” everything, but nothing really stays in our mind. We live in a world with numerous possibility, but inside our heart and mind is nothing but barren void. Artworks are meant to fill the emptiness of our heart. In such a fast-changing world, we might be surprised by a visually astonishing piece of art, but that’s it. Nothing else would leave in our mind. “Creating is a form of calling.” Such calling is to ask people to stop being so busy all the time and try to appreciate things around us. This is the most important concept behind “Longci Light Festival : Void Mountain,” “Seeing the Life.”
Curator John Berger once mentioned that the modern value is mostly money-oriented. It is “selling the past to the future.” The nature of what the media is trying to create is an illusion of the common memories and hopes of human beings. The customers are urged to constantly pursue the warmth and happiness from such nostalgic feelings. We are trying to buy ourselves a dream of future that is actually hard to achieve.
Therefore, the aim of “Longci Light Festival” is “The choice of values : Seeing Life.” The story of “Void Mountain” is the core of “Longci Light Festival : Void Mountain Festival.” What we want to show to the visitors through narrative is definitely not boasting how much visitors we have or the commercial value we would make. It is certainly not simply showing people a sense of nostology, nor is it some kinds of fancy images of future. “Seeing” and rediscovering the value of life is the key element of the festival. From being indifference to mindful, “Void Mountain” symbolizes the philosophy of “Seeing the Life” again.
In the early days, Longci was originally settlements of Siraya people. Longci is famous for its unique chalk soil landform and its local products. Because of the soil and landform, the main crops here, bamboo shoot and pineapple, taste extraordinary well. With its various kinds and colors of bamboos, Longci is also named as “The Land of Colorful Bamboos.” Local Farmers’ Association builds traditional bamboo charcoal kiln, producing various bamboo charcoal related goods like bamboo vinegar and chips.
Niupu Pond is located in the watershed of the upstream of Erren River. The sandy soil and chalk soil landform here both contribute to the famous “moon world” scenery, a waste-lands landform. Featuring the undulating hills and vales, Niupu Pond is really worth visiting.
Local people give the name “Hu Xing Shan” because the shape of the mountain actually resembles a fierce tiger (“Hu Xing” means “tiger-shaped”). Tourists often go around the Circle Trail of the park and pass by the Wanglong Suspension Bridge (“Wanglong” means “dragon seeing”). Breathing fresh air in the forest is also a popular choice. During summer nights, tourists come here and enjoy the glowing fireflies around. Hu Xing Shan Park is the secret spot in the countryside of Tainan, welcoming tourists for a glimpse of local wildlife.
Longci Wenheng-Temple is located in Zhongkeng Village, Longci. Famous for its majestic exterior, it is a great choice for families wanting to have a leisure break. The temple itself is divided into two sections: the front and the rear temple. The front temple enshrines Wen Heng (Holy Emperor Lord Gaun), while the rear temple enshrines Bodhisattva Guanyin of Mount Putuo.
The animation “Void Mountain” is the main story of Longci Light Festival. In the beginning of the story, we can “see” The Light Insect starting its journey from the city. It is heading toward the countryside—the mountain, which seems to be empty and void from its point of view. We audiences then follow The Light Insect, going deeper to the mountains, deep into the area that we might consider as void and foreign. We know little about these areas. As our journey with The Light Insect goes further in the mountain, we then will notice that there are actually various types of life here. The local creatures of Longci will accompany us throughout the journey. The beauty of nature and historic stories are also our companions, together we will explore the “void mountain” that is actually full of treasures. But remember, we need to take care of the lurking crisis around us too…
For more exciting stories, please visit our official website or youtube. You can choose to take part in the story by visiting the Longci Light Festival in person. Imagery A in the entrance of the festival will be a great choice to appreciate the story.
The Light Insect is the “tour guide” of the whole story. Whenever it undergoes a plot twist, the viewers also know more about the conversion from “void” to “full.” It is a good companion for the viewers. In terms of the story, it is the protagonist of the plots and the manifestation of the power of art.
The Dark Clouds symbolizes the value of urbanized modern people. Issues of environmental protection, urban planning and culture emerge as human beings gather and scatter all around in modern days. At the end of the story, the Dark Clouds is converted by the power of art, and it no longer disregards the world and learns “seeing life.”
The Mountain seems to be a green yet empty, void place, but it is actually the breeding ground for various kinds of wildlife. The Light Insect finds a bunch of friends in The Mountain : ants, spiders and birds. The chalk soil landform is also a feature of The Mountain, and it is quite proud of such uniqueness.
They are native creatures of Longci, including ants, spiders and birds. The Light Insect meet them during his journey, and they become its great companions too. In the story, the ants are using bamboo weavings to present the beauty and power of great structures. Chrysso scintillans, also known as “golden princess spiders,” are weaving webs together. Famous for their instinct of protecting theirs eggs.The birds are singing harmonious songs of diverse cultures.
The word “Void Mountain” originates from the imagery of countryside villages losing their population. Such imagery appeared when a landfill was about to be built in Longci. Without proper understandings of local communities and cultures, modern-day people tend to consider these villages as “void” or “deserted.” Such misleading imagery not only exists in Longci but the whole world. It is a worldwide aftereffect of globalization. Worse yet, if no one cares about correcting such wrong imagery, our valuable heritages of human history and culture would be at risk. The lost we might suffer is way greater than the negative effects of a landfill.
The humble imagery of “Void Mountain” is also retrospective. Through its impactful title and key visual, a sense of misery is presented. In contrast to such misery, we could also experience “a mountain full of life.” The “mountain full of life” is the symbol of wildlife and at the same time, the ley lines of humanity, history, and society.
The core of the story is “The changes of values : Seeing Life.”
參觀者可至服務台 ➊ 領取集章專用小地圖，於展內9個區域：入口意象 🅐、🅑、作品 ➊——➐ 尋找作品牌上的空山祭專屬小印章，除可自行收藏紀念之外還能夠兌換每日限量貼紙。
This exhibition has stamp collection activities in our 9 area (entrance A、B、Art works 1~7). Visitors can collect stamp as a memorial and exchange limited small gifts at desk 1 (Monday to Friday) or at Chichu market (Saturday and Sunday).
The artworks of “Longci Light Festival : Void Mountain” are unique masterpieces just for Longci. The artists created these works through their understandings and thoughts after reading the story of “Void Mountain.”
The smaller sized light insect can be seen throughout the whole festival. The small bamboo-weaved lanterns by light design team—Wedo Group and Chang Yung Wang are also a feature of the festival. In front of the entrance is the Wanglong Suspension Bridge and the second information desk. Visitors are provided with small lantern featuring The Light Insect, just like the plot of the animation—The Light Insect will lead our way through the festival. Visitors have to return the lantern after finishing the visit. Lastly, there are also some bigger bamboo lanterns and decorations lighting up the way.
The imagery of bamboo weaves, followed by information desk and section of clips and visual works, are the start of “Void Mountain Festival.” “The land of bamboo,” Longci, is known for having various kinds of bamboos. The bamboo weaving artist, Chang Yung Wang, works on passing down his artistic skills here. The arch of bamboo seedling is presented at the entrance, welcoming visitors with the beauty of local bamboos. A seedling of bamboo, with all the stories and memories behind it, will lead to a brand new start.
Xin Qi uses local material and creates a corridor with various light projections. On the way to the exhibition, all kinds of animals and plants are projected through the light of bamboo lanterns. Local children create these creatures and plants with their imaginations. The vivid projection is the symbol of a mountain full of life.
Rebuilt from an old bridge during Japanese Ruling Era, Wanglong Suspension Bridge is now the entrance of the rugged mountain and forest. Every step on the bridge is a glimpse of vigorous life in the bushes. The mountain might seem “void” and empty, yet such emptiness makes the various life in mountain even more mysterious and lively.
A beam of light sketches in a seemingly unreal entrance of the void mountain, showing the way to the unknown for the visitors. The flowing light seems to imply birds and insects are flying and circling around the mountain. In such a mysterious atmosphere, the artificial light has become rather poetic, leading a shimmering passage among the valleys. The visitors are welcomed to the void mountain by following such a path of life.
“Structure” is the core element of the whole artwork. Such concept of “structure” does not only indicate its style, but also the “relation” between cities and the environment, an individual and the community. The harmonious balance among human beings, time, and space is also the concept behind the work. The artist seeks for proper materials and local stories, creating works with strong connection with Longci.
The artist, Yang Fang-Yi, cares a lot about environmental issues. Yang came up with the idea of using recycled plastic bags as material for her art. The artwork is weaved by recycled material, forming a web with an egg-like symbol. One of her inspirations is Chrysso scintillans, a kind of spider only lives in Longci, well-known for its instinct of protecting eggs. The flower pattern and spider eggs both convey a sense of caring the community. The big web hanging among the tree will be astonishing, also meaning that The Light Insect is bonded with the other creatures. The visitors share a similar bond with the local cultures. Everyone is a part of a new, bright world.
The machine birds created by Hsiao Sheng-Chien is an awarding winning artwork. It is a part of Post-Nature—A Museum as an Ecosystem, an exhibition held by Taipei Fine Art Museum. Hsiao uses retro machines to present an imagery of nest and birdcalls. The actual “Moonlight” is a structure projecting various illusions through moonlight, covering the area where people rest and having tea breaks in Hu Xing Shan Park. Resting and enjoying the view here is a way to explore limitless thoughts toward abstract concepts for human beings.
The nature of the work is the combination of the use of glow, purple light and misty effect. With the purple light projecting onto clothes or ornaments, the visitors are now glowing too, and they become the part of the whole story. The Light Insect switches its role of a tour guide into a companion. Everyone is now entering the mysterious world of The Light Insect.
“Here comes the cloud” is a combination of two works : the Jersey barrier and The Light Insect. A common Jersey barrier by pulp is presented here, but there is a serious environmental issue behind the material of pulp. The substance used for making concrete is a part of the pulp. Liao tries to tell us that these substances, though a part of our life, is hard to recycle and will do harm to the environment. The Light Insect created by Xin Qi, on the other hand, presents a work of life using recyclable materials. “Here comes the cloud” is a huge work with its narrative style, serving as the turning point of the whole story of “Void Mountain.” “Here comes the cloud” is set in children’s playground. Along with the landform around, the work presents the conflicts, connections and power of these two pieces of artworks.
The story ends with the triumph of life. This is a scene of celebration. The Light Insect and its friends circle around three concentric circles, and in the center is a symbol of campfire. This is a work representing unity, celebration and “placemaking.” The grass ground is clean and vigorous, showing the power of life. The happy ending is foreshadowed at the beginning of the journey; you can see “Harmonious Life” faintly at the suspension bridge at the entrance. The Light Insect lives harmoniously with local creatures at the end.
Visitors can borrow the bamboo lanterns at the entrance. The Lightbug Lantern will be with you, and after the visit, our Exit staff will recycle lanterns.
本次展覽於展內9個區域：入口意象 🅐、🅑、作品 ➊——➐ 之作品牌上有該區空山祭專屬小印章，參觀者除可蓋印留下紀念之外，還可於當日集滿9個區域圖章後，於服務台 ➊ （一至五）或崎聚市集（六、日）兌換每日限量貼紙。
This exhibition has stamp collection activities in our 9 area (entrance 🅐、🅑、Art works ➊~➐). Visitors can collect stamp as a memorial and exchange limited small gifts at desk ➊ (Monday to Friday) or at Chichu market (Saturday and Sunday).
參觀者體驗完由「空山祭」故事和創作結合的藝術饗宴後，可於出口處之服務台 ➋ 領取竹片，寫下心願和祝福後交由工作人員為您把竹片掛上階梯，讓大自然吹動這片心願彩竹。因竹片皆為龍崎本地獨有資源，為顧及環境永續故此活動將於展期內不定期舉辦，如有不便之處敬請見諒。
You can pick up the bamboo chips at the service desk 2 at the exit, write down your wishes and blessings. We will hang the bamboo chips on the stairs for you.
During the exhibition period every weekend and national holiday, we invite local specialty businesses to set up a market.
The market will be open to visit and enjoy street art performances on the following dates｜12/21/2019 (Sat), 22 (Sun), 28 (Sat), 29 (Sun), 1/4/2020 (Sat), 5 (Sun) ), 12 (Sun), 18(Sat), 19 (Sun), 26 (Sun), 27 (Mon), 28 (Tue), 29 (Wed), 2/1 (Sat), 2 (Sun) for a total of 15 days. Please visit the Facebook fan page for each featured business and performance.
EXHIBITION DATE｜2019.12.21 ——————＞ 2020.2.2
EXHIBITION TIME｜Weekdays 17：30——21：00｜Holiday 17：30——22：00
EXHIBITION ADMISSION TIME｜Weekdays 20：20｜Holiday 21：20
EXHIBITION TIME｜Weekdays 17：30——21：00｜Holiday 17：30——22：00
EXHIBITION ADMISSION TIME｜Weekdays 20：20｜Holiday 21：20
建議前往龍崎文衡殿停放車輛 ——＞再轉搭接駁車前往 ——＞龍崎｜空山祭