NCKU’s LDT School Project Interacts with the Public off Campus With Achievements
成大創意三角洲計畫走出校園和民眾互動,成果豐碩
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        After three years and a half, NCKU’s LDT School (Liberal Arts/Design/Technology) project has come to an end. To display the achievements and joy of the 51 courses offered during the project’s 1279 days, an exhibition was held at an off-campus venue, the Asir Art Museum. Unlike most exhibitions, the teachers and students behind the exhibition presented city memories and information to visitors via fun interactions with them so that they would build more ties with the city.

        The achievements of the project can be divided into three major categories: university, city, and industry. One wall displayed the words “What makes a city?” and invited visitors to choose what they thought to be key terms using yarn, such as “everlasting”, “convenient life”, and “diverse culture”. This also revealed what citizens cared most about. The teachers and students also designed questions for visitors to answer by signs that could be flipped, and in some cases, they provided darts that visitors could use to choose and answer questions with. Successful challengers could win tote bags, specially-made drinks, or products made personally by the students by hand. It made for a lot of fun at the exhibition.

        One special exhibit contained the achievements of the Archaeology and Design course, where students contemplated the meaning of cultural heritage from the perspective of archaeology. With Tainan City as the venue of field study, they observed the cultural morphology of the city as it formed. Some students used the colors of beef soups from different eateries to design the packaging of black tea bags and included introductions to each unique soup base, which showed much ingenuity. Taking inspiration from the traditional Taoist custom of drinking charm ash water, other students made "blessed candy” to preserve the imagery of burning charms and enable believers to be similarly blessed and protected. Still other students designed tea sets based on the four most important stages of life in traditions: birth, coming of age, marriage, and old age.

        Project director and NCKU president Jenny Huey-Jen Su visited the exhibition with excitement and gratitude. She stated that these achievements served as crucial steps in humanities education for NCKU and its College of Liberal Arts and even for Tainan and Taiwan. Seeing so many students gain a better capacity to imagine and narrate, she believes that there are higher, further, and more different starting points out there. “The LDT School is not the end but the start of a new challenge and new future brands.”

        Professor Yuhneu Chen, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and one of the co-directors of the project, indicated that these 51 courses made a breakthrough in intercollegiate relations. A total of 62 teachers took part in the project. “Co-creating with teachers and students in other fields, inviting citizens to participate in our activities, and sharing our resources are extremely important things.” She is pleased to see that the works of their students can connect to other venues off campus, enabling the classroom to really extend to Tainan. Every little feedback from the city has become infinite teaching materials.

        Dean Tay-Sheng Jeng of the College of Planning and Design, the other co-director of the project, pointed out many good experiences in the past three years. When the College of Liberal Arts made the step to collaborate with other colleges, the new value that they created together was something that could not be seen anywhere else. “It was very impressive in thickness, depth, and breadth.”

        Yu-Ting Weng, a sophomore majoring in Taiwanese literature, took the elective course Sweet Tainan: The Memories and Representations of Sugar Industry in Tainan. She elatedly shared her experiences of brainstorming with students in different fields and being creative with product designs. “You could even really work with businesses and create value. It was so fun!” They designed new eye-catching labels for a clam essence product and used word play to create interesting slogans.

        NCKU’s LDT School project was funded by the Ministry of Education’s 2015 Project of Cultivation of Humanities and Social Sciences Competence in Interdisciplinary Field Application, which ran from August of 2015 to January of 2019. During this project, an experiment on humanities and innovation was jointly carried out by the various colleges of NCKU. The 51 courses covered a variety of content, including composing and performing traditional Chinese opera, hand-making original books with illustrations, Matsu work camps, documentary work camps, and cultural design apps.

        Aside from the courses, they also renovated the NCKU Museum of History, creating a venue that can be fully used by students and teachers and fit better in campus life. Their hope is to build connections between Tainan and the international community, examine how the humanities in Tainan developed from the perspectives of culture, geography, history, cities, architecture, and historical sites, and promote world heritage concepts and education.

        成功大學「創意三角洲:建構大學、城市、產業的鏈結」計畫執行3年半進入尾聲,特別規劃在校外場地甘樂阿舍美術館,展示1279個日子以來51門課程的輝煌與歡樂。有別於一般展覽,師生共創透過有趣的方式和民眾互動,讓民眾帶走城市的記憶與資訊,和城市產生更多鏈結,成果展至1月8日為止。

        創意三角洲計畫成果展包括大學、城市、產業三大主軸,在牆面上設計「What makes a city?」版面,讓民眾用毛線挑選出自己認為重要的關鍵字,諸如「川流不息」、「生活便捷」、「多元文化」等等,藉此也能看出市民最在意的重點。師生還設計問題讓民眾透過翻牌答題,或射飛鏢選題答題,通關成功者可獲得手提袋、特調飲料或學生親手製作的產業成品,現場歡樂不斷。

        此外,特別展出「考古與設計」課程成果,學生從考古學的角度思考文化資產的意義,以台南府城作為田野實習場域,體驗府城形成過程的文化風貌。有學生以各家牛肉湯顏色變化設計紅茶茶包包裝,並附上各具特色的湯底介紹,別具巧思;還有學生以傳統習俗「喝符水」出發,改藉由糖當作轉化做出「福糖」,保留燒符意象,一樣能獲得祝福與保佑;也有學生以傳統禮俗中4個重要的生命階段-出生、成年、結婚、老年,設計出茶具組。

        計畫主持人成大校長蘇慧貞參觀成果展既興奮又感謝,認為無論對於成大或文學院,甚至是對台南、台灣,都是人文教育上很重要的軌跡。看到很多學生都能夠有更多想像力、敘事力,也相信還能有更高、更遠、更不一樣的出發。「創意三角洲不是一個結束,而是開創了一個挑戰,也會成為以後新的品牌的開始。」

        計劃共同主持人之一成大文學院院長陳玉女認為,51門課程突破了各個學院的合作關係,總共有62位老師共同參與,「跟其他領域的師生共創,迎接市民參與我們的活動,分享我們的資源,是非常重要的事情。」她欣喜看到學生的作品可以鏈結到校外許多場域,讓教室可以真的延伸到大台南,從這個城市所有點滴回饋,也變成無窮無盡的教材。

        計劃共同主持人成大規劃與設計學院院長鄭泰昇也指出,過去3年多來有許多非常好的經驗,當文學院跨出領域和其他學院合作,一起創造出來的新的價值是其他地方看不見的,「無論厚度、深度、廣度都讓人刮目相看。」

        台文系二年級同學翁瑜廷,選修計畫中的「甘蜜臺南-府城與糖業記憶再現」工作坊,她雀躍分享和不同領域的同學一起腦力激盪,在產品設計上大玩創意,「還能實際跟產業合作產生新的價值,非常好玩!」他們設計蠔蜆精命名為「蠔蜆有你」,包裝外還加上「只有更蠔、超越級蜆」、「蜆在蠔想你」等字樣,特別吸睛。

        成大創意三角洲計畫為教育部「104年度人文及社會科學知識跨界應用能力培育計畫」補助,自2015年8月啟動至2019年1月落幕,期間結合校內各學院進行一場人文創新的實驗。51門課程多元豐富,有古典戲曲製演、原創手工圖文書製作、馬祖工作營、紀錄片工作營、文化設計APP等等。

        課程之外,也重啟歷史文物館新貌,打造成可供師生有效利用的場域,也更融入校園生活,希望帶動城市、國際的鏈結,思考台南文化地理、歷史、都市、建築、古蹟等人文空間形成的過程,推動跨國際性世界文化遺產的認知教育。(撰文、攝影/朱怡婷)