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農家樂 創作理念 文/張哲榕
【過往記憶】對於一個都市長大的小孩而言,土地轉換的認知其實是曖昧不清的。記得很小的時候,家裡附近的國際學舍遭拆除,因為工程規畫而長期延滯,喜好探險尋寶的爸爸,帶我去那片荒地,因為水管破裂,在大片土地上堰塞成湖,那塊曾經展過冰雕、類似台北世貿前身的大片土地,化身低窪濕地,長長的板凳們堆積成山。突然,白色的身影劃過眼前,白鷺鷥,美麗而優雅地張望覓食,那樣驚喜的感動,近年來到台中後,才在宿舍附近重現。
【土地容貌的改變】宿舍陽台望出去,本是一塊小菜園,但後來大群怪手把它打成荒地。但經過幾天的雨,看似乾枯的土地又長出新枝,成為一塊新的綠地,兩隻流浪狗在上面開心地玩耍,彷彿天地間只有你我。隨即,我看到了那白色的身影,白鷺鷥。白鷺鷥警覺性強,對於環境的選擇相當謹慎,牠選擇這裡,表示它還是熟悉這裡的土地氣息,不吝於落腳休息,讓我為之動容。不過幾天後,動工儀式開始了,把土地灌漿成為水泥地的葬禮工程開始了,對於這樣的劇變,面對土壤的喪禮,我繼續拍攝,卻也意外發現了很多巧合,灌漿的畫面好像在犁田,打上去的鋼條好像剛插好的水稻,夜裡在風中搖曳著,一種土地前世的記憶突然湧現的錯覺。
【現今社會的都市與農村角色】由不斷地觀察、拍攝與想像,整理出這系列的影像創作主題,藉此連續創作的過程,喚起對於土地情感的那份記憶。或許農人彎駝的背只會給予津貼、強迫休耕;或許土地的變遷喚不回;或許土壤的喪禮我們不及參與。僅記,糧食就是生命,記住農人創造生命的勤勞與美好,記得這塊土地曾經的原始樣貌。近年台灣加入 WTO,樂天知命的農人遭受更嚴峻的對待,「無米樂」中崑濱伯的爽朗笑聲,蘊含土地原鄉的友善,好幾代以來耕種的記憶。強迫灌漿參與土壤的喪禮,在築起高樓墓碑的同時,卻也湧現農家記憶般的曖昧景象。在瞬息萬變的今日,沒有甚麼事物是不曾改變的,透過拍攝紀錄的畫面,表達心中那曾經存在的一塊田,算是我對於這塊土壤獻上的一束花朵。

Happy Farm Series Design Notes by Sim Chang

【Past Memories】 As someone who grew up in the city, the concept of the land undergoing transformation is very vague to me. I remember that when I was a child, an international house close to home was torn down. Because construction plans had come to a standstill, my adventurous father took me to that abandoned place. Because of burst pipes, water had flowed into the ground and formed small ponds. That place which was almost the predecessor of the World Trade Center, which even had ice sculpture exhibits, was now a swamp, and chairs stacked together formed mountains. Suddenly, in a flash of white before me was a heron, looking on elegantly. That sense of surprise and wonder followed me for a long time, until I was able to reexperience it in the dormitories in Taichung.

【The Land Begins to Change】 Looking out from my dorm window there used to be a small vegetable garden. After it was turned out by large excavators, the seemingly dry land began to grow as the rain fell. Two stray dogs played in the field as if they were the only ones there. Then, I saw that white shadow again, the heron. Herons are cautious, and are very picky about their habitat. This one was familiar with how the land felt, and was at ease to stay here; this moved me. But in a few days, the groundbreaking ceremony was held, and the land began to be gutted out for cement. In the face of this change, and in the face of this funeral of the land, I continued to shoot pictures, and even noticed some coincidences. The expanse of cement was almost like a field, and the steel bars were stuck in like rice plants. As they swayed in the evening wind, past memories of the land came rushing back.

【Modern Cities and the Role of Farming】 From constant observation, shooting, and imagination, I've collected this series of images to form a theme and continue the process of creation, reliving my fondness for the land. Maybe the arched backs of the farmers can only do so much before cultivation is stopped. Maybe we can never go back to when the land would transform, maybe we won't make it to its funeral service. Only remember that food is life, remember the beautiful work of the farmers who created life, remember where it all began for this land. As Taiwan has joined the WTO in recent years, our happy farmers have been oppressed. In the documentary Let It Be, Huang Kun-Bin's laughter echoes the goodwill for the land held by many generations. As skycraper headstones are erected over the burial of the land, one cannot escape the fleeting memory of farming life. Today, there is nothing that hasn't changed before, but through my documentation, I hope to express that field that was once in my heart, and present a humble offering to this land.

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2008
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