Mansion of the Beautiful
Designs of collective housing community in Taiwan after the 1990’s often times used architec- tural codes from elsewhere as decorative elements. Interestingly, these codes would sometimes forgot their definitions and transformed into its’ own unique forms.
Residential community could always reflect a variety of ideas and desire on belonging of the community dwellers. Thinking and feelings of the residential community were always projected onto forms. The utilisation of these codes were related to the idea of house as a consumer item. It reflects the consumer’s desire to be in elsewhere, and eventually become the Others.
However, the misappropriated or re-created architectural codes that “look alike” elsewhere causes my confusion and displacement of identity. I could hardly see myself from within, and could not help asking how could I handle the relation between me and the Other.
Mansion of the Beautiful presents the inner space produced from the reflection of oneself towards these housing landscapes. Using the forms of installation and 3D scanning, architectural codes transform into images under the gaze and influences of consumption as well as colonisation structure. It is as if a beautiful illusion, projecting aesthetics and desires of the public, but also create displacement of self identity.