佔空間 - 本冊圖書館
- 2013~2014 Artqpie Library
Located in West Taichung, ArtQpie Book Site is a nomadic library that has roved around the city, in search of idiosyncratic and imaginative uses for potential derelict buildings. Established in 2011, ArtQpie Book Site aims to ignite community dialogue on local issues and culture. After being resettled three times, we have integrated the art gallery operations into a library’s structure. We rely on revenue from our self-published zines to share our renovation experiences with like-minded people who enjoy reading. Our gallery and project space hosts a wide range of exhibitions, talks and events.
The establishment of the Artqpie Library in Taichung was inspired by its founder AJ’s experience of borrowing unpopular books from his school library and sharing them with others as a student. To document and share this lost space with the public, AJ started to compile the things loves and share them in books. Most of the books he has published focus on local life, with a diverse range of subjects ranging from photography and illustration to architecture. With the magazine “Let’s Zine” and the book “Real Life”, independently published in the end of 2012, Artqpie Library began a conversation with public from the comfort of one’s own home. Artqpie Library also recreated reading spaces that have been long-lost in the city. For example, the “Book Site Occupy Con-temporary Space” established in 2013 and the Artpqie Library based in the West District of Taichung City established in 2014 serve as community spaces for promoting paper and reading habits. The mangers of Artqpie Library also visited Tsutaya Books and Bookcafe Rokujigen in Tokyo, Japan in early 2014 for a cultural and managerial exchange, and initiated collaboration with Japan’s “LIP” magazine to provide more interesting content to readers. In addition, Artpqie Library was commissioned by the art and cultural studio of Tuku Village, Taichung City to produce and edit the new publication “Day in the Sun.” Even more fascinating editorial plans and exhibitions are expected in the future through ongoing cultural exchanges with international of local organizations.