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〈當貓〉Applying for Being a Cat

黃立慧 HUANG Li-Hui

2021 裝置 / 觀眾參與 Installation / audience participation 寶藏巖當年的拆遷爭議以及居民去留,最終在各方角力下,以將其指定為歷史聚落的形式,維持了地景以及部分居住權。十幾年下來,居住之所逐步邁向展示之所。場所功能性的轉變,為空間帶來不同身份的活動人口組成,改變了身體在其中移動的路徑;而動線的時態,則反映出其歷程的差距。那些曾經作為通道的建築間縫隙或者作為緩坡的屋頂,至此一一有了標示,以限制外來遊客對居住者的打擾。理論上能合法進入這些被規範間隙的人,剩下維持展示之所的工作人員,包括打掃落葉的清潔人員、警衛、以及聚落的行政管理人員——還有貓。 貓沒有在讀禁止標示。鐵網欄杆三角柱紅龍,對貓來說,不過是多了一個需要經過的地形。最重要的是,只要是貓,沒有合法不合法的問題。藝術家黃立慧的〈當貓〉計畫讓不是寶藏巖清潔人員、警衛、行政管理人員的人,有進入禁地的機會。只要填完申請書經過審核變成貓(限時),就可以進入(某些指定)禁地一小段時間。通過當貓申請的人並非同等真貓,畢竟真貓不用寫申請書,也可以待在無論是居住之所、還是展示之所的寶藏巖。 Having been a subject of controversy and power wrangling between different parties over its dismantlement and the placement of its residents, Treasure Hill is now deemed a historical settlement with its landscape preserved and the right to adequate housing partially recognized on the site. More than a decade later, many of Treasure Hill’s residential homes have slowly become places of display. The shift in the site’s function has also ushered in different groups of people, prompting changes in how Treasure Hill is physically navigated. Its current traffic flow also reflects the changes taking place on the site. Nooks and crannies between buildings and even rooftop slopes that were once used as thoroughfares are now marked with signs to restrict visitors from causing disturbances to local residents. Technically, those that are legally permitted to enter into these restricted areas are staffers assigned to maintain these places of display, and they include janitors, security guards, administrative personnel, and other than that, there are also the cats. Cats do not pay attention to the off-limits signs. Any metal wires, poles, cones, or rope barriers are just another terrain that they need to cross over. More importantly, there is no issues of legality when it comes to cats. Applying For Being a Cat by Huang Li-Hui provides opportunities to enter into these restricted areas to people other than those working at Treasure Hill. All that’s needed is to fill out an application, and once accepted to become a cat (for a limited period of time), the applicants can then enter into certain designated restricted areas for a short duration of time. Those applying to become a cat don’t really become cats when their applications have been approved, because after all, real cats don’t need to fill out an application, and they can go as they please into any residential or display areas on Treasure Hill.