Using cities as symbols of civilizations and replacing horizontal perspective with vertical architecture, Huang’s work The Hallway of City No.1 employs aerial photography and adopts an aerial perspective to subvert the viewing angle that people are accustomed to. In this work, the artist focuses on Taipei’s Wanhua District, and transports his audience to Huajiang Collective Housing built in the 1970s. The community’s circular corridors are an unprecedented architecture endeavor. Its footbridges connect four complexes and awaken the urban system and the environment in a topological sense. The Hallway of City No.1 discusses the connections between our living space and memories of the city we inhabit, using the aerial, panoramic view to create floating, non-linear, flowing images of hallways. The collective housing community not only possesses architectural uniqueness, it is also a contemporary living space inhabited by innumerous residents throughout many years. In the alternating daytime and nighttime scenes, viewers can observe the urban system from a different vantage point. The work reinterprets the humanistic quality of the community and reveals the aloofness, regularity as well as all the visible and invisible co-dependent systems characteristic of contemporary cities, visualizing a free-flowing and indescribable tapestry woven by day and night.
Huang Han-Po was born in Kaohsiung in 1988. Currently a student of the Graduate School of New Media Art, National Taiwan University of Arts, Huang’s work centers on the flow between urban space and streets to explore the connections between human living space and urban memories. The artist specializes in combining video and mapping projection to create immersive experience.