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Ou Zhou & Chien Yin-Ru (Shan Tian Design)


Nodgup (Wudu), Tibatan, originally came from the Tibetan region of Nepal. At the age of six or seven, he was selected by Taiwan’s Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission to relocate to Taiwan to study, changed his name to Ou Zho, and has stayed and took residency in Taiwan since.

After studying with the Department of Architecture, Tung Hai University, he worked for Bio-architecture Formosana as an architectural designer. In 2007, he rode a bicycle from Berlin, Germany, traveling 445 days through Netherland, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iraq, China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Upon his return, he immediately started renovating a traditional Hakka dwelling in Zhubei. In 2013, he returned to Nepal on behalf of Li Shin Hospital to design and supervise the construction of a local medical station. In 2013 he founded Shan Tian Design Studio (山田設計工作室) and completed the renovation of the centennial Japanese style building in Fenglin, Hualien. In recent years he has completed several architectural design projects all around Taiwan and collaborated with artist Chien Yin-Ru in the design and planning of art exhibition spaces. He is currently designing and renovating his place in Suau while continuing his creative path.


  • Title of Work: The Emerging Island. Ancient Souls
  • Material: iron, marine recycling waste, bamboo, elastic rope, driftwood
  • Dimensions: 6m (L) x 1.5m (W) x 2m (H)
  • Creative Discourse:
    Legend has it that the entire island is inhabited by several peoples and all of whom have come from far away. Beneath the sea level, there is always an invisible force constantly pushing the island to rise gradually. These two plates, borrowed from a Seaside Amis people’s myth, are the spiritual imagery of the backs of two whales, intersecting one another while nourishing all things. The two woven installation pieces are called “Yinbu”  the larger one, and “Moran” the smaller one. They are a metaphor for the creation of an emerging island due to eons of the collision of the Eurasian and Philippine plates. We use wind power to generate collision, with a sound system installed in interlaced sections, interpreting and reminding this constant change under our feet since time immemorial. Common Free Fern of the ice age coexists with the emerging island the way migratory cultures coexist with the drifting language. Some said this is the possible motherland of the Austronesian language family, and such blossom of diverse life forms come from the ancient souls underneath. We invite visitors to join one another, and rest under this installation to experience the whispers of the old souls amidst the grandness of nature.


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