The Flow between ‘East and West Indies’
Carbohydrate Fueling Cycle I, II, III at the Taipei City Hakka Cultural Center (5th-floor exhibition hall) is a continuation of Yi-Chun Lo’s sugarcane series “Molasses, Ethanol, Fitness Workshops, Just What It Is That Makes Today’s Life So Different, So Appealing?
In ‘The Flow in between the ‘East and West Indies’ part of the extra programming (a taping to be online) historian Lai Ying-Tai 賴英泰, artist Yi-Chun (Jin), and Sasha Dees talked about the artwork, the history of the Netherlands, colonialism, economic crops, and contemporary artists globally making work with sugar as a material and around these themes evolving from the 17th century to current times (the program will be online subtitled in English and Taiwanese later).
Speaking of Taiwan’s early colonial economic history, the Netherlands and Spain played a key pioneering role. The V.O.C. brought Formosha into the era of seafarers, and the earliest immigrants from the Asian continent (Hakka and Hoklo), affected by this historical event, began to cross the sea to Taiwan and emigrate, even as a distant cause in the history of armed fighting in the Ming and early Qing Dynasty.
In addition, the West India Company (W.I.C.) of the same period was also operating in the same structure. We can examine the prehistory of globalization from the lectures, and it can also serve as a 17th-century timeline to complete the curator’s vision.
Within Lo Yi-Chun (Jin)’s context, this program invites Sasha Dees and scholar 賴英泰 Lai Ying-tai a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Taiwan History, National Chengchi University. The study is mainly about 17th-century historical images that have survived since Dutch rule over Taiwan. In recent years, he has served as director of Wei Desheng, Taiwan trilogy, historical consultant for films, contemporary art team, exhibitions, and documentary production, and participated in the Southeast Asian contemporary art exploration project.