所謂「場所／Site」一詞，指涉與包含的意思有，「具體的地理位置、空間的概念，以及涉入特定人類活動的地方。若進一步從英語中的日常用語來解釋，與其相關的詞彙則有「建築工地」（construction site）、「被廢棄的場域」（abandoned site）、「露營地」（campsite）到「考古遺址」（archaeological site）等」。
在本展覽中，除了借用「場所／Site」一詞其原本字義上的「某種固定的、根著的、物理意義上的地點」的定義，另外援引藝評家James Meyer所提出的「功能的場域」（functional site）一詞的概念，將「場所／Site」的固定概念，延展出為帶有「移動的、游牧的」概念。James Meyer以「是一個過程，發生於場域與場域之間，是一個機構的與文本來由的標示，在身體之間的移動，它是一個暫時的東西，一個運動，一個意義之鍊，層疊的歷史」擴延出對場所一詞的界定。
“Next Art Tainan” comes from the official award. It is an art exhibition that transform city spaces into platforms to show art works. After curator Lai Yi-shin used “Next Art Tainan 2014: Articipation & Nextension” as a topic that based on city spaces as a stage to exhibit art. Art is the main subject and also a medium to show the spirit and elegance of Tainan. An important character of Next Art Tainan that differs from other official awards is that city spaces are the stages for art.
Extending this character of Next Art Tainan, spaces in the city are the stages as some unofficial exhibition spaces are more related to our lives, such as historical sites, stores, coffee shops, etc. One common feature of these spaces is that “they are a field that needs to be constructed through daily lives and people’s mobility.” Therefore, Next Art Tainan 2015 takes "daily", "space", and "people" as its key words. The interaction of these three features is the way to think about this exhibition. “A Site Between” is the key phrase guiding the development of works surrounding the concepts of this exhibition.
Site, implies the meaning of “specific geographical location and space,” and places where human activity occurs. Other related common use of the word "site" in English are: “construction site,” “abandoned site,” “campsite,” and “archaeological site.”
In this exhibition, the word “site” means “some fixed, and physical geographical locations.” Art Critics James Meyer raised the concept of “functional site” that stretched the original meaning of site into a “moving and nomadic” concept. “It is a process, an operation occurring between sites, a mapping of institutional and textual filiations and the bodies that move between them. It is a temporary thing, a movement, a chain of meanings and imbricated histories.” quote from Meyer. What he said has extended the meaning of site.
The mobile sites that make people move around actually exist in our daily lives. From some small sites such as markets, or malls, to large sites that allow people to move longer distances. For example, city to suburb or suburb to city. In the movement, we may pass some empty city grounds, parks, or suburban areas. We notice that human activities occur in fixed locations, and those sites that we by pass became “middle landscape” that are temporary, unmindful sites that are ignored by us.
“Middle landscape” is the connection that symbolizes different “sites” of different points. These points cannot exist alone. They need to contain people’s movements going through, entering and exiting, thus generating the connection. The movement of repeatedly moving back and forth between sites interlocked with whole universe’s emotions and relations with hidden tiered tracks under the change of time, space and background.
Next Art Tainan 2015 uses “A Site Between” as the topic of this exhibition. On one hand, it brings out the display differences between formal art museums that have a sense of distance and informal art spaces. On the other hand, it also tries to transform the field concept that is attached to local identities. From “A Site Between” to look for differences, cleftinesses, boundaries, transformations and abandoned memories to develop a dialogue of differences under various frameworks reflecting on society, culture, language, community, personal experience and consciousness.