鴿笭進鄉團 The Pigeon Assembly (2019)

活動主持 │李立中

鴿笭進鄉團活動的成立乃是由藝術家李立中2019年於海馬迴舉辦的個展《竹篙山戰役與紅腳笭》開始。《竹篙山戰役與紅腳笭》以馱笭飛鴿衍譯歷史在農村生活中的痕跡,除了作為當代藝術的展演形式,關照台灣庶民活動的影像書寫與記錄,也期盼透過展覽、作品資料的建立,供往後民俗文化研究與藝術概念討論,填補鴿笭活動在歷史現場文獻史料的不足。

菜鴿揹笭是台南溪北地區特有民俗活動。在每年農曆二三月期間,新營、鹽水、學甲一帶的天空總有「嗡嗡」的鳴聲浪漫作響著,頻頻可以看到地方阿北帶著鴿笭與鴿子往返穿梭忙碌著遛鳥,只為鴿笭對抗賽那天揚眉吐氣為村民爭點面子。 鴿笭進鄉團為這即將到來的庄頭年度大代誌作準備,在鴿笭對抗賽熱鬧登場之前,將舉行前教育與介紹。

進鄉團行程含行前講座,與活動現場觀摩,由藝術家李立中主持講解菜鴿的前世今生與鴿笭文化的脈絡演進,再走入鴿笭活動現場,引領進鄉團團員實地觀摩,親身參與民俗的過程,讓更多民眾能看見這日漸孤鳴獨響的地方文化。



The Pigeon Assembly

Program Host│ LEE, Li Chung 

The Pigeon Assembly was conceived in tandem with artist Li Chung Lee’s solo exhibition The Battle of Mt. Zhugao and Red Feet Ling at Fotoaura in 2019. The exhibition traced the evolution of pastoral living through the history of pigeon racing, in which homing pigeons carry traditional Ling bells on their backs and travel distances. The exhibition also highlighted the activities of commoners in Taiwan, showcasing image documentation in a contemporary art format. It formed a visual archive merging the fields of folk cultural studies and contemporary art discourse, calling attention to the absence of pigeon racing materials in the historical narrative of Taiwan.

Ling-bell pigeon racing is a creative hobby activity unique to the Xibei region of Tainan. Between the second and third month of the lunar calendar every year, reverberating hums of Ling bells fill the air of Xinying, Yanshuei, and Syuejia. Local uncles can be seen training with their pigeons and bells, determined to bring honor to their home villages by winning the much-anticipated race. The Pigeon Assembly is held as a prelude to this annual extravaganza, providing context and educational content to kick off the competition.  

Programming includes an orientation talk and onsite observation. The talk is given by artist Li Chung Lee, covering the history and significance of pigeon racing in Taiwan. Participants are then guided through the actual race. The Pigeon Assembly encourages the public to experience the folk tradition and celebration in person, breathing more life into this fascinating yet declining cultural event.