In collaboration with Liu-Chong-Bang, Ho Su-Wen and Chen Chih-Ling



In June 2006, I was invited to teach a course at Shih Hsin University in Taipei, Taiwan. While in Taipei, I started work on an "Imaging Taipei" project which leads the viewer from the Ciyou Temple in the Northwest of the city thru the Raohe St. Night Market as it is coming to life in the evening.

Liu-Chong-Bang at the Ciyou Temple. Still frame from "Imaging Taipei," July 17, 2006.

So I went to digitize the the video form Raohe Street and my camera promptly ate the tape. I probably don't need to tell just how valuable that tape is to me. I traveled literally half way around the world to make it. I ran the tape down to Emerson thinking that my camera was broken. The tape was full of timecode breaks, if you know what that is. The timecode breaks caused the capture to keep failing. It turns out it was so wet and humid the day of the shoot, after three days of typhoon rains, that the tape was sticking together. I put some of my best students to work on it and they managed to produce a perfect capture of the entire tape with no gaps. It looks great. I think that it will end up being very interesting work.

The way that I have been thinking about it is, that the temple is the center of spiritual life and the night market is the center of economic life for most Taiwanese. Together they make up the center of social life. Although you can see Seven Eleven encroaching on the Ciyou Temple, Seven Eleven has found away to coexist with the night market, even become a part of it. However the night market does not stand a chance against Wallmart, and if the night market goes there is every possibility that the temple could become a kind of relic, museum of simply a tourist attraction.

Ho Su-Wen at the Ciyou Temple. Still frame from "Imaging Taipei," July 17, 2006.


Inside the Ciyou Temple. Still frame from "Imaging Taipei," July 17, 2006.


Su-Wen at the Roahe Night Market with Finch Fortune Teller.
Still frame from "Imaging Taipei," July 17, 2006.


Roahe Night Market. Still frame from "Imaging Taipei," July 17, 2006.


Food Stand. Still frame from "Imaging Taipei," July 17, 2006.


On July 21, 2006 7:46:57 AM EDT John Craig Freeman wrote:
The Real-Ching.



On Jul 21, 2006, at 7:58 AM EDT Greg Ulmer wrote:
That pic looked more like Chinese astrology, although certainly related to same wisdom system as I Ching.

On July 21, 2006 9:47:53 AM EDT Craig wrote:
The sign read International I-Ching Society. The disk represents the entire system. If you look close you can see the eight trigrams at the center radiating out to the sixty-four hexagrams. Not to say that there is no astrology here.