Forum: Artivism: the role of arts in regeneration, Melbourne, June 2006

Melbourne Town Hall

Presented by the Cultural Development Network in partnership with City of Melbourne’s Community Cultural Development Program.

Featuring international speaker Min Jay Kang, Associate Professor of Architecture from Tamkang University, Taiwan.

Associate Professor Kang spoke about his inspiring work with artists and squatter residents of Taipei’s Treasure Hill. His research and practice focuses on dialectics in cultural landscape, creative sustainability, identity politics and ‘artivism,’ representation of landscape in arts and literature, urban design, and landscape narratives. His most recent projects include a comprehensive survey and planning for Taipei’s cultural landscape, interpretation and construction of landscape narratives for a waterfront settlement, and action planning for the Treasure Hill squatters in Taipei’s Gong Guan district. This forum was an extended version of Professor Kang’s presentation ‘Altered Spaces: Squatting and Legitimizing Treasure Hill, Taipei’ at Asialink’s forum ‘Blind Dates and Foreign Affairs’.