Urban Code: Flâneur Sculpture 城市密碼: 漫遊者雕塑


Information Visualization, Installation, Interactive Fabrication

Artist Statement

“Flâneur is a cultural observer. He writes books and poetry and takes photographs, with the cultural aim of understanding the city, yet he never just looks at it from the surface. Instead, he experiences some things in depth.” – This is how Leo Lee Pu-Fan describes urban flâneur in the book The Flâneur in the City: Cultural Observations.

Urban Flâneur is a kind of city product. If there was no city, Flâneur could not exist. Flâneur treats the city as his dwelling, transforming a street corner into a study room and turning the bend in the road into a drawing room. While lingering, he observes the city. While wandering, he thinks things over. Such a kind of journey, city roaming ‘constitutes’ the vision in the mind of Flâneur, and he is interacting with, thinking over and introspecting with the city.
Just like Joseph Beuys said in Extended Concept of Art, the activity of Flâneur represents a sculptural process, shaping what he sees in the environment and social appearance into a sculpture.

A city comprises scenes – and scene has it opinion. Urban planner Anne Mikoleit explains this opinion with 100 direct observations and analyses in her book Urban Code: 100 Lessons for Understanding the City. These hidden mutuality and urban planning elements decide how people move, gather and stay in the city; as a result, the journey of Flâneur is conducted under capitalist urban planning.
In “Urban Code: Flâneur Sculpture”, the artist wander around different cities as Flâneur to observe the same objects and glean the same urban data, turning them into basic elements for his sculpture to create different sculptures of Flâneur as a text for understanding the relationship between Flâneur and urban planning.


This is one of works of “Cross-Strait Four Regions Artistic Exchange Project 2014 – Conforming to Vicinity”

“Conforming to Vicinity”,Cross-Strait Four Regions Artistic Exchange Project, Organizer: He Xiang Ning Art Museum / Macao Museum of Art / Pingtung Art Museum / University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong
Macao: Macao Museum of Art (26th March 2014 to 27th April 2014)
Taiwan: Pingtung Art Museum (16th May 2014 to 6th July 2014)
Shenzhen: He Xiang Ning Art Museum (26th July 2014 to 26th October 2014)
Hong Kong: University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong (14th November 2014 to 1st February 2015)

“Minding the Digital”,Design Society,Shenzhen,China,2017




就如Joseph Beuys 的「擴展藝術觀中」(Extended concept of art),漫遊者的行動是雕塑的過程,把其對環境和社會的面貌的眼光雕塑成型。
城市是由場景構成,而場景是有語法的;城市規劃師 Anne Mikoleit 在她的著作 《城市密碼:觀察城市的100個場景》(Urban Code: 100 Lessons for Understanding the City) 中藉由100個直接觀察和分析來解釋這種語法。這些隱藏的相互性,城市的規劃,決定了人們如何在城市裡移動、聚集和停留:於是漫遊者的遊歷似乎是在一種資本主義的都市規劃中進行。

《城市密碼:漫遊者雕塑》中,作者以漫遊者出發遊歷不同的城市,觀察一樣的事物,擷取一樣的城市數據, 以成為雕塑的基本,雕刻成不同的漫遊者雕塑,成為閱讀漫遊者和城市規劃之間的關係的文本。

本作為 “兩岸四地藝術交流計劃2014-因地制宜” 作品之一

《因地制宜》,兩岸四地交流計劃,主辦: 何香凝美術館 / 澳門藝術博物館 / 屏東美術館 / 香港大學美術館
深圳:何香凝美術館 (二零一四年七月二十六日──十月二十六日)


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