content｜12 sketches, 2 essay booklets, 1 egg rack box size｜16 x 10.5 x 2 cm box material｜recycled pulp grey chipboard 400g booklet material｜single-sided glazed kraft paper 120g
the egg rack catalogue is a portfolio of ‘the egg rack made a disclaimer’, containing 12 real-size sketches of various sizes and two pieces of essays - a preface by liang-jung chen and a review by graham baldwin. the paper box itself serves as a paper egg rack of 6, as usual, each user will be held accountable for breaking the eggs. limited edition of 350. each catalogue is hand-numbered.
an alternative name for this project could be finding a balance. balance being the new position of the egg after interacting with it and before it falling off and breaking. this balance doesn’t describe the initial position, but a new position unique to the visitor who has interacted with it, almost a negotiation between their touch and the egg holder. this narrative describes balance in terms of stability and integrity; qualities that may be more immediate to the eye. however, balance also means making two elements equal or proportionate to each other. perhaps this definition is most interesting when thinking about the egg and the egg holder or when thinking about contemplation and action.
exploring the realm of vulnerability through a medium as delicate as an egg, weighed against the precariousness of a rocking device, a paper thin metal arch or suspended acrylic disks for holding them; the project moves beyond an experiment with physics and makes qualities of value, care and sensitivity more apparent. when trying to find a balance with an object designed to move, the moment of interaction and exchange becomes much more intentional or personal. exchange in this case ranges from an exchange of sight to an exchange or force or pressure or touch; movements that relate more to relationships or getting to know someone. in thinking about the egg holders this way, they begin to serve more as a tool of measurement, to measure the limits of the visitor, their contemplations, movements and subtitles or lack thereof. it also suggests that deciding to study at distance or recklessly pushing the egg holders past their foreseeable limits says something else.
there is of course an element of intuition, of scale, of resistance, or even a visible limit between the egg in its stationary position and its fulcrum. what can be seen is designed. however, liang-jung chen is interested in the invisible; the interactions, thresholds, boundaries and subsequently alternative functions for the objects beyond imagination. by reversing the function of an egg holder from an object designed to protect, to an object designed to endanger; she raises much broader questions about use, intention and value both within the world of design and outside, both personal and collective.
with these principles in mind, the disclaimer no longer really warns visitors against breaking eggs and replacing them, but serves as a reminder to their own actions and reflection on the world around them. we are offered an opportunity to engage with a foreign object cradling something delicate and familiar and are given some clues as to how these holders may work. we can observe their details, principles, materials, and our intuition forms suggestions on how these new objects could behave, their gestures, expressions and so on. we want to learn more, what they mean, how they function, move, their forgiveness and overtime their limits. it’s not about knowing everything, but finding a balance.
● residency at tangent projects 2022
it has been a pleasure to be invited by tagents projects in barcelona to undertake an artist residency starting in april along with an exhibition in july.
tangent projects is a curatorial initiative and independent artspace, set up to work with national and international emerging and mid-career artists on on site-responsive exhibitions and projects.
● dezeen awards 2021
winner: homeware design of the year 2021.
the misused elevates ubiquitous hardware to quality homeware.
a multifaceted project that challenges the existing product design approach, the misused serves as a participatory design platform that invites the public to upcycle everyday hardware items into sensible homeware products through a series of creative exercises such as research, reconfiguration, local material sourcing, democratic fabrication, and more. the outcome is a collection of both practical and thought-provoking homeware products that can be done by anyone, anywhere and anytime, with just a twist of creativity required. link
● dezeen awards 2021
longlisted: exhibition design of the year 2021.
the egg rack made a disclaimer is an interactive exhibition consists of 16 sculptural and performative egg racks. with a disclaimer at the entrance, the show entitles visitors to the freedom of breaking the egg at their own risk. the series explores the personal boundaries in sociopolitical landscape while examining the accountability structure between the designer, the product, and the user today. link
● local ware exhibition
date｜24 september - 07 october 2021 gallery｜jogging epricerie address｜103, rue paradi, 13006 marseille, France
founded by marseilled-based oros and london-based ii (initial initiatives), local ware is an experimental yet utilitarian project celebrating the diversity of natural resources and lifestyles in different parts of the world.
in each edition, the project collaborates with a group of international designers of various backgrounds to develop a collection of ‘local ware’ employing materials local to the creator. 2021 autumn, oros and ii unveiled the first edition of local ware in marseille, exploring the most primitive human behaviour - food making. local ware: cooking edition studies the history of cooking tools in different cultures and how they can be creatively applied to mediterranean cuisine. four designers: chialing chang, guillaume bloget, liang-jung chen and rio kobayashi, were invited to try their hand at creating exploratory cookware pieces. link
● residency at domaine de boisbuchet 2021
eight installations were created at the end of the residency based on my observation and investigation of Boisbuchet's surroundings. each of them is supporting eggs in a precarious manner that unsettles the spectators.
founded in 1986, domaine de boisbuchet is an international research centre for design and architecture. the campus is surrounded by 150 hectares of protected nature in southwest france and comprises an architectural park of historic and contemporary buildings. the workshops, exhibitions, and events as well as a design collection and library serve professional guests and visitors from the neighboring and global community alike. link
● the egg box week
date｜13 - 19 may 2021 gallery｜offsite arts / bridge holes address｜bade market, zhongzheng dist., taipei, taiwan
opening reception｜13 may 20.00 - 22.00
briefed by offsite arts, i have been playing around with some new ideas on how to support eggs in an aluminium box hung in a glass showroom in bade market in taipei. an extension of my previous ‘the egg rack made a disclaimer’ collection, ‘the egg box week’ consists of seven improvised structures i created onsite daily for seven days. the designs are mostly based on the observation of the urban landscape in the neighbourhood.
● the egg rack made a disclaimer 2.0
date｜27 february - 14 march 2021 gallery｜nowspace address｜no.58, yanping s. rd., zhongzheng dist., taipei, taiwan
press preview｜26 february 14.00 - 18.00
opening reception｜26 february 18.00 - 21.00
the egg rack made a disclaimer is a series of egg holders and egg racks created by liang-jung chen. the series explores vulnerability, personal boundary and the invisible tension between the two. following its debut in gallery error22 in tainan in 2020, the artist will unveil a few new pieces of works in nowspace in taipei as the second iteration of the project, together with a fresh release of an egg rack catalogue.
we almost lost all the sentimental wordings had we not made the decision of faking good eggs to be picked up in an elegant manner to be rested gently on an agreeable weather
we genuinely try our best but somehow occasionally we do allow accidents the egg rack had made a disclaimer earlier
_liang-jung chen, november 2020
most of the egg racks in the series were designed during my 14 day quarantine in a random hotel room in tainan in november 2020. solitude. i just didn’t know what to do with myself. my insecurities just sat there in the corner of the room with me and seeked my attention. i couldn’t escape from myself, eventually, i picked up poetry again for the first time in many years. i looked forward to something genuine and subtle, a new medium to explore my emotions.
the outcome turned out to be a rather passive, yet aggressive self-disclosure. a series of egg racks that make it clear that they are hypersensitive. they replicate the awkward moments in social events. they offer a glimpse into tragic scenarios. they solicit tenderness. they predict broken hearts.
i investigated the most precarious ways to hold eggs. both physical and visual tensions were created, teasing the audiences’ habit of putting eggs in a safe place. three ubiquitous materials - metal, acrylic, and timber - were employed in minimal forms and structures, transforming the daily behaviour of egg keeping into a series of abstract, performing sculptures.
during the exhibition at gallery error22 in december 2020, a sheet of paper was posted at the entrance of the gallery: “disclaimer: welcome to the exhibition of egg racks. upon entering the space, you are invited to interact with the egg racks at your own risk. the designer has made every attempt to ensure the security of the eggs exhibited in the space. however, each visitor will be held accountable for breaking the eggs and will be responsible for all accidents and damages incurred as a consequence.” stating that it would be the visitors’ responsibility to purchase and replace eggs should they break any, and that they would also be required to clean the venue up after themselves.
i didn’t really have an expectation in advance about the visitors’ responses. when the exhibition closed on 31st of december, the last day of 2020, the record showed that only around 20 eggs were broken by the visitors.
observations of how people interacted with the egg racks has also been an inseparable part of the project. it fascinated me dearly how people interacted with the egg racks in different manners. most of the visitors were fairly cautious throughout the whole exhibition and kept a safe distance away from the plinths at all times. some visitors were curious; touching the egg racks with great care, ensuring to keep the eggs intact. the more adventurous ones were interested in testing the limit of the egg racks and often ended up breaking a few eggs. while others just turned around without looking, and oops, the egg liquid was suddenly everywhere. isn’t that metaphorical?
● the misused ironmongery
date｜18 - 26 september 2020 gallery｜kiosk n1c, coal drops yard address｜108 lower stable street, kings cross, n1c 4dr london, uk
talk｜12 september 16.30 - 17.30
workshop｜20 september 15.00 - 17.00
if each item of hardware presents a solution to a problem in daily life, then a local hardware store provides a collective display, reflecting the life of a community it serves.
liang-jung chen turns kiosk n1c into a pop-up hardware concept store, offering ideas of ‘misusing’ daily hardware. the exhibition features a range of utilitarian hardware collected in taiwan where the project was founded on observations of the local often humorous but intentional misuse of hardware. the project explores the notion that certain subtleties of a parent culture are revealed in the design and use/misuse of hardware around the world. the exhibition also presents the third iteration of the project, in collaboration with designer will laslett, a new collection of 10 objects made with british hardware exploring alternative contexts for these semi-finished products. link
● shifting occupancy by one two one two
date｜12 - 20 march 2020 gallery｜national gallery of victoria address｜180 st kilda rd, melbourne vic 3006, australia opening｜14 march 18.00 - 21.00
shifting occupancy responds to the theme of the city. the exhibition will have a particular focus on the geographical drift from rural to urban centres and invites participants to consider how this shift impacts communities, the constructed landscape and the environment.
the exhibition aims to showcase this theme in a broader context by engaging with designers from the international community, presenting the audience with a range of culturally diverse and personal responses. this event is a part of melbourne design week 2020, an initiative of the victorian government in collaboration with the national gallery of victoria.
● the misused: dutch x taiwanese hardware
date｜14 january - 9 february 2020 gallery｜not just library address｜133, guangfu s.rd., xinyi dist.,taipei, taiwan
talk｜14 january 19.00 - 21.00
workshop｜18 - 19 january 09.00 - 17.00
the misused is a study on global hardware culture initiated by two industrial designers. each year, the project observes hardwares in different country. the designers will first deconstruct the original functions of the hardware and to repurpose them. following the first study on taiwanese hardwares in 2018, the project went on to study dutch hardwares in 2019.
parts of the taiwanese and dutch hardware works will be presented in the exhibition this time. a talk with anthropologist shih-hsiang sung will explore the relations between design and anthropology in the industrial society. a two-day workshop will also held to invite the public to misuse the daily hardware.
● the misused 2.0
date｜19 -27 september 2019 gallery｜piet hein eek address｜halvemaanstraat 30, 5651 bp eindhoven, the netherlands
the misused is a research project that studies local metal hardwares around the world and how misusing them can make people’s life easier. with both anthropological and industrial approach, the project invites the public to brainstorm and repurpose metal hardwares in everyday life.
the project is a long-term collaboration between two taiwanese artists and designers - liang-jung chen and shuei-yuan yang. initially inspired by how older generation in the countryside of taiwan improvised daily necessities wisely. in 2018, the duo embarked on a series of field research on metal hardwares and a series of study on how to realise their unfulfilled potentials.
following the first edition in taiwan, in 2019, as the duo relocated to europe, the second edition is all about dutch hardwares. after a year of fruitful findings and observation of the culture, 9 pieces of hardwares are selected due to their unique contexts. the result is a homeware collection that demonstrates practical functions with a twist of humour.
● the misused 1.0
date｜01 - 30 september 2018 gallery｜caoji book inn address｜no.71, nanmen rd., tainan, taiwan