Special Report  

Photo Exhibition Juxtaposes Past and Present of NTU

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Gallery of NTU History, the museum is currently hosting a special long-term exhibition titled “Invisible and Visible NTU.” The exhibition seeks to reveal our multifaceted existence in an era in which “we see so much that we end up not seeing enough” by linking a series of special maps that reflect various themes about NTU and together trace the path of the university’s history and the development of the campus across space and time. By exposing visitor to a variety of perspectives on the NTU campus, the exhibition seeks to open our eyes to a campus we have yet to perceive. The exhibition opened on November 13 of last yearas part of NTU’s 87th anniversary celebration, andwill run until June 30 of this year.

Among the main exhibition items are five maps showing the layout of the Main Campus as it appeared at five different stagesin the university’s history. There are also 13 old photographs of NTU buildings and campus scenes that vanished long ago, each telling its own story of a lost Taida. A video filmed by the aerial drone videography team of the Department of Electrical Engineering’s Class of ‘85 provides eye-popping views of the campus from above, revealing yet more perspectives on an NTU we seldom see. Also, the old and new NTUs are juxtaposed in a pair of aerial photographs of the Main Campus taken in 1945 and 2012.

However, highlighting the exhibition is a display made of geometrically-interconnected hand-painted circular boards. The boards present six themes: Taihoku Imperial University-era buildings; buildings by names that do not spell their functions; public art located around the campus; registered historical trees that have born witnessto history; Japanese-era dormitories in the vicinity of Wenzhou Street and Chingtien Street; and student dormitories that no longer exist.