Seeking Our Original Light

2022 / 09 / 24 Sat.

2022 / 11 / 13 Sun.

  • Curator

    Ling-Li Tseng

  • Artists

    9 Grid Design
    Initial Complex
    Chiu-Hao Chen
    Kou Tak-Leong
    HwH project

  • Museum and School Collaboration

    The entire 9th grade students of Jian Cheng Junior High School
    Artist|Walking Grass Agriculture
    Art Teachers|Chang Chiao Ming、Chen Yang De

  • Key Visual Design|

    CHEN Yanru
    WEI Wenru


Small desks at homes are the extension of offices. Alleyways around us are tiny trips waiting to be explored. Using our imagination to observe the everyday landscape reveals gradually what we tend to ignore in the past. Now, the adapted eyes can perceive the steady, albeit small, light.

Since late 2020, the entire society has been clouded by the sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gatherings that we take for granted are no longer allowed; and living in domestic isolation becomes the new normal. All the restraints and unease become annoyingly unsettling. However, it has also brought us to focus our attention on ourselves and the surrounding environment. Perhaps, the situation presents an opportunity to develop self-awareness, encouraging us to focus on and simply be with ourselves—a successful home-cooked meals; a fallen leaf found in a short excursion to nearby hills; and observations of all those small, wonderful things that we have taken for granted. Taking a flight is never a prerequisite for enjoying new discoveries and beautiful surprises in life.

The curatorial spirit of Seeking Our Original Light is inspired by the post-pandemic modes of life, and the exhibition invites artists to unearth the original light hidden in the street blocks of northern Taipei. The artists/art groups featured in the exhibition include LOUDLY LIGHTNING, 9 Grid Design, Initial Complex, Chiu-Hao Chen, Kou Tak-Leong, Zhi, and HwH project. Through the unique perception awakened by various constraints, it is hoped that the artists could find consistent inspiration from the ordinary to further develop their discoveries into works filled by a sense of hopefulness, which would in turn offer encouragement to pedestrians in the street blocks, empowering them to discover the cultural power they possess within themselves.



Curator & Artists

Ling-Li Tseng
Kou Tak-Leong
Initial Complex
HwH project
Chiu-Hao Chen
9 Grid Design
Walking Grass Agriculture

Ling-Li Tseng is Assistant Professor at the Graduate Institute of Architecture, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, and co-founder of Serendipity Studio. She holds an M.Arch II from The Cooper Union, and an M.Des from Harvard University. Before returning to Taiwan, she was a designer and maker at the Heatherwick Studio. Tseng’s practice bridges sciences and arts, as well as daydreaming and practicality. Endeavoring in producing inspiring public aesthetics, she excels at creating experience-centered spaces and installations.

LOUDLY LIGHTNING was founded in 2017. It is an artist collective known for their clever use of materials, passion for music, and their devoted pursuit of space and self-exploration. Their representative work is the series of An Electronic Monster. Members of the art group include Yao Chung-Han, Tseng Jui-Pin, and Chang Ling-Wei. Among them, Yao is a musician, DJ, and Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Shih Chien University.

Kou Tak-Leong was born in Macau. He graduated from the Department of Architecture Design, Shih Chien University, and holds an MFA in new media art from the Taipei National University of the Arts. He excels at delineating a space with in-situ installations, creating collisions through utilizing structural characteristics of media and spatial elements. Known for his re-interpretation of everyday space in an unusual, fragmentary way, his work sublimates the functionality of space, and transforms people’s experience of quotidian urban space to engender fresh imagination.

Initial Complex was founded by Hsieh Yu-Cheng and Wang Chung-Yuan in 2021. Their trainings range from new media, spatial experimentation, and theater. Initial Complex’s practice involves three aspects, namely, “initial,” “organic,” and “mechanism”—by re-examining “initial” sites, they seek “organic” qualities of these sites to bestow a new layer of imagination, while introducing to the audience a fresh perspective that counters existing “mechanisms.”

HwH project is an art group established by Cheng Jen-Hsiang, Yeh Wei-Cheng, and Huang Yen-Hsiang, who became acquainted at work. Cheng, Yeh, and Huang all attended National Chiao Tung University: Cheng graduated from the Institute of Computer Science and Engineering, and is the interactive design engineer in the group. Yeh holds an MS in Architecture, and is the installation mechanical designer in the group. Huang graduated from the Institute of Applied Arts, majoring in industrial design, and serves as the kinetic installation designer in the group.

Chiu-Hao Chen is co-founder of JIC Media Group. He holds an MA in Interactive Telecommunication from New York University, and specializes in bringing together technology and creativity by x embedding technologies contrarily into commercial products. He used to work at the creative consultancy – Frog Design, and had worked on the creation of the equipment for Iron Man at Disney Connected and Advanced Technologies (DCAT). In recent years, he has been active in participating in major cultural exhibitions to promote the diverse aspects of interactive technology.

9 grid design is chaired by Chen Hsuan Ming and Huang Atz. Their practice primarily engages in four aspects: visual creation, spatial display design, project management, and cultural assets. In recent years, they have been known for their works featuring large-scale projection of motion images.

Zhi is now Artistic Director of the Swedish visual studio, NMBRS STUDIO. He excels at artistic creation of 3D video and animation, with a preference of utilizing realistic sci-fi codes. He used to work at Taiwanese concert production companies for many years, and knows various visual media and structural relations by heart.

Walking Grass Agriculture was founded in 2015 by Chen Han-Sheng and Liu Hsing-Yu, who were born respectively in Dashe and Jiaxian, Kaohsiung. They specialize in kinetic installation, curating, design, and educational outreach. Interested in issues related to ecological environment, gender, and agriculture, they have launched the Coexist Exhibition and the Farming & Arts Festival.

Museum-School Collaboration Project

Since 2007, the Museum-School Collaboration Project between the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Taipei and Jian Cheng Junior High School has entered the fourteenth year. From the second half of 2021 to the first half of 2022, artist collective Walking Grass Agriculture, who specializes in mixed media art, has been invited to work with Chen Yang De and Chang Chiao Ming, two teachers at Jian Cheng Junior High School, to lead the entire nineth-grade students to explore personal memories through observing old and fruit trees on campus, and contemplate on their connections with the environment. Converting elements found on fruit trees into graphic designs, they learn and apply techniques of screen printing to create works with vibrant colors.


An Electronic Monster # 33- Yolk Zone
Roaming – Double Perspective
《Eb Andante》HwH no.3
SHIFT life
Unrestrained Light
When Our Memories Bear Fruits on Trees



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