Third Foundation — Space Colony

Third Foundation — Space Colony


Exploring an unknown land that is opposed to historical civilization, as a new container for the future of mankind, and  beginning a new cycle. In the face of the destruction of the new world, what is the attitude of returning to civilization? How rebuild this planet using both our Gene pool and Prophecy?

基地 Foundation



2021臺北藝術博覽會,伊日藝術計劃引用了以撒·艾西莫夫(Isaac Asimov)科幻著作《基地》。艾西莫夫在小說中預見了人類悲慘的未來,在銀河邊緣建立基地編寫歷史文明的百科全書,目地是希望透過知識的保存來縮短世界崩壞後的黑暗時代。當今疫情下的人類直面了各種掙扎,地球也同時面臨艱難,然而藝術的種子又該何以處理?同時,如果黑暗必將來臨,我們該為此準備到什麼程度?又該多做些什麼?


Our planet has experienced countless events of destruction and rebirth in the span of 4.6 billion years. If the demise of mankind has a certain inevitability and cycle, and art has often become a victim of historical crises, does art have the guarantee of a gene pool? In the movie Children of Men, the exile of artworks is probably our likely future.

At the beginning of human civilization, art was often used as a source of prophecy or knowledge. This tradition is also obvious in present-day contemporary art. If “prophecy” often appears in the form of art, we assume that people projected their modern-day anxieties into its creation, achieving the imaginary in real life, and, thus, creating what is seen as a prediction of the future. Art serves to convey the possibility of the future through different artistic languages, to vaccinate mankind before the advent of the end times. After the destruction, it provided a fragmented jigsaw for later generations to return to the crest of civilization.

Foundation’ borrows its title from the American writer Isaac Asimov’s book series. In the novel, Asimov foresaw the tragic future of mankind, which sets up the Foundation whose stated goal is to compile a text, called the Encyclopaedia, containing the sum total of all knowledge of the Galactic Empire. In preserving their society’s knowledge, they hope to avert a dark age lasting tens of thousands of years following the Empire’s collapse. Human beings under the current epidemic are also facing struggles, but how should the seeds of art be dealt with? At the same time, if darkness is bound to come, how prepared are we? What should we do more?

For the 2021 edition of Art Taipei, we have divided the exhibition into three areas for discussion, aim to examine three different topics, and shall present each topic individually in three different spaces, in which art as the “Foundation” of the dialogue will stand. We attempt to imagine the existence and possibility of art in the Foundation when the end is coming.

Third Foundation — Space Colony

Participating Artists
陳聖文 Chen Sheng-Wen
蕭聖健 Hsiao Sheng-Chien
黃啟佑 Huang Qi-You
池田慎 Ikeda Shin
凱爾・蒙哥馬利 Kyle Montgomery
金・提爾 Guim Tió Zarraluki

展期| 2021.10.16-10.30
時間|12:00 – 18:00
Venue | 一日弎時 Mononi (台北市中山區民生東路一段3號 3F)