Madou Sugarcane Beer 麻豆蔗酒


2017-2020

Madou, Taiwan

Time, Labor, Sugarcane Juice, Yeast, Hops, Glass Bottle, Sticker, Caps, Video, Some equipments.

時間、勞力,甘蔗汁,酵母,啤酒花,玻璃瓶,貼紙,瓶蓋,錄像,一些器具

地勢盤穹,林木合抱。山曰翠麓,曰重曼,曰斧頭,曰大崎。其峙山極高峻,自彭湖望之甚近。餘登此山,則觀海潮之消長,夜半則望晹穀之日出,紅光燭天,山頂為之俱明。土潤田沃,宜稼穡。氣候漸暖,俗與彭湖差異。水無舟楫,以筏濟之。男子、婦人拳發,以花布為衫。煮海水為鹽,釀蔗漿為酒。知番主酋長之尊,有父子骨肉之義,他國之人倘有所犯,則生割其肉以啖之,取其頭懸木竿。地產沙金、黃豆、麥黍子、硫黃、黃蠟、鹿、豹、麂皮。貿易之貨,用土珠、瑪瑙、金珠、粗碗、處州瓷器之屬。海外諸國,蓋由此始。

島夷誌略 琉球篇

1349 汪大淵

The idea came from the earliest document which mentioned about Taiwan – “Make salt from the fierce sea water and make wines from sugarcane syrup”, which is extracted from Daoyi Zhilüe (A Brief Account of Island Barbarians), 1349 by Chinese voyager, WANG, Da-Yuan.

As a response to the first historical document which noted Taiwan, in this project I decided to use sugarcane juice to ferment some alcohol drink, and beer is my favorite.

Commissioned by Madou Sugar Industry Art Triennial

Label design by TSAI Jia-Ning

Video shooting editing by CEHN Jun-Yu & TSAO Chun