Farewell to A Building, the DongDongGuan Project
Dong-Dong-Guan is a historical building which mixed Bauhaus style and Chinese architecture elements located in the National Taiwan University. This building was design and built by Chang Chao-Kang, a student of Water Gropius, for the use of demonstrating American agricultural technology in the 60’s and educational space for the university. Before the building was demolished in 2010, the artist who was a former student studied in the building negotiated the right to use the building as an individual, execute a 10-months long art project. He studied the structure and design of the building, took off all its interior, cleansed the interior and the facade of the building. In the end, he categorized all the materials, put them back into the structure, and let them demolished along with the building. In this project, except artist’s long durational labor, he also organized a team to coordinate the neighborhood, arrange different resource and develop technique. In the end, this project became an art work carry a strong responsibility of social engagement, meanwhile an intimate personal ceremony.