The Taipei Free Alphabet is a writing system made of commonly discarded objects mapped to the Zhuyin Fuhao (bopomofo) system of phonetic notation unique to Taiwan. Children in Taiwan use Zhuyin Fuhao as a stepping stone to reading Traditional Chinese characters.
In an effort to get to zero waste, the city of Taipei has developed a unique and forward thinking system of garbage collection that involves special garbage bags for the home and the absence of public trash receptacles. As a result, Taipei is mostly litter free, however, many people carry their personal waste on them to dispose of at home.
For an installation at the Kuandu Museum of Art, I hung small bags on the wall, one for each Zhuyin Fuhao letter. I asked viewers to assist in the creation of the Taipei Free Alphabet by contributing their personal trash into the bags that correspond to the Zhuyin Fuhao letter that best fit.