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U-mkt 新富町文化市場

從過去探索未來

Exploring the Future from the Past

人潮聚集之地,通常正是孕育當地文化的起源之地,而有人聚集之處,便有市場與信仰,越早期發展的地域越容易能從當地廟宇、市集文化看出其發展脈絡,在台北,這樣充滿匯聚人文與時代意義的地方,唯一只有艋舺。

The place where the crowd gathers is usually the origin of the cultivation of local culture. A place where people gather featuring both a market and faith, and it is easy to observe the developmental trends from the local temples and market cultures of the regions from before. In Taipei, the sole place that is rich in the significance of culture and era is Bangka.

艋舺過去在清末與台北城、大稻埕並稱台北三市街之一,而艋舺又是其中發展最早的區域,曾經匯聚多元不同的人種族群到此謀生,孕育發展出台北城市最初的樣貌,艋舺可以說是整個台北這幾百年來商業滋養與文化衝擊下的時代縮影,不僅是台北城市發展最具意義的地域,也是思索台北將從何而去的最佳立足點。

艋舺龍山寺捷運出口旁的巷弄裡、市場間,隱身了一棟結構特殊為馬蹄形輪廓的日據時代建築,這裡曾經是艋舺當地一個專賣食料品的傳統市場:新富市場,傳統市場隨著時代與人民生活型態的改變早己逐漸沒落,而今在忠泰建設文化藝術基金會的經營下,這一古蹟從市場,成為傳統市場文化的代言角色,也是探索老城再生的絕佳起點。

新富町文化市場自2017年開館迄今,每年度定期以傳統市場、常民生活與區域再生為題,策劃大型主題展覽與相關推廣活動。目前展出的《場所既視–下一代市場》主題展覽,更是直接從歷史出發著眼到未來,描繪出了下一代市場的型態與藍圖。

艋舺是個老地區,也正是因為它老,所以它自有一番時代洗練後的美,這種美無法被任何一處取代,它是屹立台北這座城市中,最沉靜卻也最無價的瑰寶。下回找個假日,到艋舺龍山寺走走,到新富町文化市場看看這裡策展的內容,從聚集人潮的市場文化為出發點,試著探索攏聚人潮的傳統市場的文化底蘊、時代變遷下與地方共生的重要價值。

At the end of the Qing dynasty, Bangka was listed as one of the three urban streets of Taipei with Taipei City and Dadaocheng, where Bangka was the earliest developed region amongst these, Bangka gathered together diverse human races to seek their livelihood here. It therefore cultivated and developed into the most primitive looks of the city in Taiwan. It can be said that Bangka is the epitome of the times for the entire Taipei over the past few centuries of business nourishment and cultural conflicts. It’s not only the most significant area in the development of Taipei City, but also the ideal starting point to think about the future of Taipei.

Hidden next to the alleys and in the market by the MRT Longshan Temple Station in Bangka, there is a building built during the Period of Japanese Colonial Rule with the unique structure with a horse hoof shape (U shape). This place used to be a local traditional market selling food ingredients in Bangka – the Xinfu Market. However, traditional markets have already gradually become less popular along with the change of time and people’s lifestyle. Today, with the management from the Jut Foundation for Arts and Architecture, this historic relic has been transformed into the spokesperson for traditional market culture from a market, which is also the ideal starting point from where to explore the rebirth of the ancient city.

Since the opening in 2017 up to the present, the Xinfu Market has been organized on a regular basis with large-scale thematic exhibitions and related promotional events every year, with themes based on the traditional market, people’s everyday life and the rebirth of the area. The currently exhibited ”Déjà vu: Re-Envisioning Market/Place” thematic exhibition further directly set out from the past while looking forward to the future to depict the style and blueprint for the market of the next generation.

Bangka is an ancient area, but it is also due to its age that it features a beauty with the experience through time, and such beauty is irreplaceable by any place. It is the most tranquil yet also the most valuable treasure standing in the city of Taipei. Pay a visit to the Bangka Longshan Temple during one of the holidays, pay a visit and see the content of the exhibitions at the Xinfu Market. Set out from the market culture where the crowds gather in an attempt to explore the cultural content of the traditional market, which the crowds gather as well as the significance of the change of times and the symbiosis with the local region.

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