ART GYM – Cultural Workout (2021-2024)

The ART GYM project invites visitors to a playful challenge, one that harmoniously intertwines the contemplation of art and culture with the pure delight of physical exercise. The exhibition is arranged similarly to a gymnasium, seamlessly bridging physical and mental activities. The interactive objects aim to create a playful yet thought-provoking experience.

Sports and Art are often considered opposites; while one mobilizes the body, the other cultivates the mind. However, they are both known for their positive impacts, such as immersing the user in a flow state. To remain in this joyful zone, one has to be constantly challenged. The Art Gym's interactive artworks aim to create this challenge, and by following the artist's instructions, one can stimulate both the body and the mind.

The exhibition aims to establish a strong foundation of positive habits, such as staying active or participating in the community, that contribute to a healthy lifestyle, along with the goal of fostering a curious and open-minded attitude. Traditional Chinese letters form the basis of the artworks, leading thoughts with references to traditional celebrations, philosophy, or poetry to accentuate the local culture. However, truly capturing the essence of culture is not only about observation but also about participation and engagement with the community. Art Gym aims to cultivate this process through its 'CULTURAL WORKOUT' program.

藝術健身房- 一起練出文化力 (2021-2024)




Hsinchu Art Site of Railway Warehouse, Hsinchu, Taiwan
2021. Oct. 9 – Oct. 24

ART GYM is an artistic training user-friendly for all ages for the new normal, as the worldwide pandemic has changed nearly all habits and daily routines. The artworks are aiming to prepare visitors through a series of interactive works for this new chapter of our lives.

The exhibition is set up like a GYM and invites visitors to do some exercises. Physical training is among the daily activities that fell by the wayside while the virus was a threat, as most sports centers are frequently closed. To bring back some semblance of physical training, the artist created some special workout equipment. His inspiration came from the verbal support and compassion he experienced in daily conversations, showing how supportive the community is in Taiwan. He combines encouraging words with body movements, the kinesthetic; therefore, the interactive sculptures stimulate both body and mind. Using Traditional Chinese characters, with their philosophical meanings, the visitors can find inspiration and invigoration in both culture and sport, as these two can give a feeling of strength, support, and power. 

加油! 藝術健身房



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