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Po Cheng Liao

MA work

Oblivion City

Architecture is often being regarded as the symbol of permanence. ”Oblivion City” is a project aims to prove that architecture is impermanent so as to testify nothing is perpetual in the network generation, to manifest the fragility of memory in urban landscape. 

London is the capital city of England and some of the city’s buildings represent the power of the British Empire prior to World War II. However, these same buildings no longer are regarded as the representation of power after this conflict as the empire has declined. 

 History Crease 

Images of well-known British buildings are loaded with an encoding programme as raw data, and “£”, the symbol of British Empire, is switched to histories of these buildings downloaded from Internet. The context deconstructs the architecture itself. The longer the history is, the greater destruction it makes onto the digital image. 


The presentation of imperial architecture has been changed from the symbol of power to tourist attraction after the war. Nowadays, people treat those once powerful buildings as scenic spots only. People tend to forget them quickly after visiting those sites. In their memories, the impression of architecture becomes as vague as ghost, disposable and valueless. 


Postcard is the physical memory of architecture for tourist. In this series of work, the postcards of historical attractions in London are replaced some parts of the building to modern architectural elements. After that, they are distributed to people. If they brought false memories back and visited those buildings again in the future, they would be confused about the difference between postcards and the actual buildings. In this case, the question is the authenticity of memory and the easiness to distort it.


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2017

  • Po Cheng Liao is an artist whose theories are based on urban issues and social phenomenon. He is adept at observing details during our daily life in the city, playing with the relationship between traditional and contemporary cultures, and represents his researches in mutiple ways.

  • Degrees

  • BA Architecture, Shih Chien University
  • Exhibitions

  • A Surreal Vision, Loosenart Gallery, Rome, 2017; MA and Other Postgraduates Exhibition 2017, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset, 2017; The Summer Show 2016 - Lo Stato delle Cose, Fondazione Fotografia, Modena, 2016; RCA WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2016; Off The Map , SPACE, London, 2015; Emrupt , Leigh Wen Fine Art, New York, 2014; Compound Eye – Photographer X Designer, The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, 2013; Fall in Love with Your Own Imagination, Cans Tea & Book House, Taipei, 2013; Made in Taiwan – Young Artist Discovery, Art Taipei Exhibition, Taipei, 2012; Oblivion City, Budda Tea House, Taipei, 2012
  • Awards

  • European Photography Award – Runner up, 2016