Taiwan Culture Month 2017 Taiwanese Waves History’s Shadows and Light Reusable Universes: Shih Chieh Huang Summer 2017 Taiwan Academy Film Series —Classic Romance in 70’-90’
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History’s Shadows and Light Dates: Aug. 29 – Oct. 12, 2017 Venue: TECO-NY Gallery (1 E. 42nd St., 1st and 2nd floors) Curators: Sharleen YU, LIU Chen-hsiang Artists/Group: LIU Chen-hsiang│HSU Po-hsin│HUANG Tzu-ming │The Green Team Opening: Aug. 29, 6:30-8:00pm Curators’ Walkthrough: Aug. 29, 5:30pm Guided Tours: TBA Organized by and first shown as a special section of the exhibition Faint Light, Dark Shadows at Taipei Fine Arts Museum from March to June of this year, History’s Shadows and Light features photographs of major political and social movements in Taiwan from 1986 to 1990—a time when photography not only served witness to society’s drastic transformation immediately before and after the end of martial law in 1987, but also began to expand the expressive force and contagious appeal of the contemporary photographic aesthetic. This exhibition ponders some of the issues that arose with the lifting of martial law, such as human rights, farmers’ and workers’ movements, and environmental protection, as documented through the lens of several of Taiwan’s most representative photojournalists—Liu Chen-hsiang, Huang Tzu-ming and Hsu Po-hsin, as well as the rarely seen documentary films of the Green Team. Extracting the idea of processing photographs in a darkroom back in film-camera era, …

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Sponsored by the Taiwan Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tourism Bureau and Taipei Cultural Center, organized by the curator Mia Min Yen, the live concert, “Taiwanese Waves,” returns to SummerStage, ready to wow New Yorkers once again. It takes place on Saturday, July 29th. Taiwan’s rich sounds and diverse culture will once again fill the air in Central Park. The event is free, and we welcome all to attend. SummerStage, a program of the CityParks Foundation, is known for presenting outstanding performances, free of charge in a world famous venue – Manhattan’s Central Park. A year ago, Taiwanese Waves brought the unique sounds of Taiwan to SummerStage for the first time, which drew the biggest crowd than any other single night in SummerStage’s 30 year history. This year, the lineup includes the winner of Taiwan’s 28th Golden Melody Awards in Album of the Year, Sangpuy; the soft but powerful indie musicians Berry J and Dadado Huang; and the band behind the 2014 runaway hit “Island’s Sunrise,” FireEX. Together they will showcase their distinct musical styles in Central Park. Speaking about the unique facets that “Taiwanese Waves” will provide, show curator Mia Min Yen said “Both New York and …

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Taipei Cultural Center in New York is thrilled to announce that the 40th Asian American International Film Festival will present TAIWAN CINEMA DAYS by showcasing 3 compelling Taiwanese films of the year including SMALL TALK by Hui-chen Huang, THE RECEIPTIONIST by Jenny Lu, and A FOLEY ARTIST by Wan-jo Wang with the filmmakers in person. SMALL TALK, an autobiographical documentary executive produced by the film amateur Hou Hsiao-Hsien, is selected as the centerpiece presentation of this year’s AAIFF and will have its NY premiere screening on July 29th at Asia Society after having received 2017 Berlinale Teddy Award for the best documentary this February. TAIWAN CINEMA DAYS also highlights two works of Taiwan’s rising talents: A FOLEY ARTIST and THE RECEPTIONIST. Directed by Wan-jo Wang, A FOLEY ARTIST is the first documentary about the history of sound-production in Taiwanese films by telling the story of professional Foley artist Hu Ding-Yi, who recreates sound in wildly creative ways and gives life and energy to a film. Inspired by true events, Jenny Lu’s debut feature THE RECEPTIONIST depicts the secret lives of the employees and clients of an illegal massage parlor in London through the eyes of a foreign graduate who lands …

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The Taipei Cultural Center in New York is delighted to feature three classic romance films for the Summer 2017 Taiwan Academy Film series. The screening dates are as follows: 1. Blue Gate Crossing(83 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, July 13th 2. Blue Moon(97 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, July 27th 3. Cloud of Romance(97 min) 6:30 pm, Thursday, August 10th Venue: Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in New York (1 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017) B1 Screening Room Complimentary admission with RSVP TEL: 212-697-6188 ext. 9 《藍色大門》Blue Gate Crossing (2002) Director YEE Chih-Yen Director YEE avoided symbols commonly seen in Taiwan New Cinema films, such as military dependents’ villages and old houses, instead focusing on the innocent and simple love of young people and their exploration of sexual and self-identity. Adopting a refreshing and aesthetically pleasing style and employing the use of simple images and language, the film is said to have opened the doors for the growth of youth-oriented films in Taiwan. 《藍月》 Blue Moon (1997) Director KO I-Chen A “blue moon” refers to something that happens once in a lifetime or a second full moon in the same calendar month. Cuen-Shu and A-Gua, classmates who grew up together, …

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The New York Asian Film Festival returns for its 16th annual edition with Taiwan Cinema section, showcasing 5 award-winning and hotly anticipated Taiwanese films of the year, including the latest from Giddens Ko (Mon…Mon…Monsters), Chung Mong-hong(Godspeed) , Midi Z (The road to Mandalay), Chen Yu-hsun (The Village of No Return) and the rising talent Chen Mei-juin (The Gangster’s Daughter)—plus the LGBTQ-themed classic film, Eternal Summer by Cheste Chen. Starring Jack Kao(Daughter of the Nile), Chen Mei-juin’s The Gangster’s Daughter is selected as one of the 7 works from Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand for the Main Competition, the new section featuring diverse works by first or second-time directors that are all having their North American premieres at the festival. The director Chen Mei-juin will attend the premiere screening in person on July 1. Giddens Ko’s (You Are The Apple Of My Eye) latest film, Mon Mon Mon Monsters tells a story of a gifted student who reluctantly joins a rancorous gang of three for a community care assignment, which ends up with a surprise catch of a man-eating little monster. This black comedy will also have its North American premiere on July 2 before it’s going to …

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A Six-Day New Music Festival in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY, June 20- June 25 Featuring: ENSEMBLE MISE-EN with Chartreuse Ensemble and the 2017 MISE-EN MUSIC FESTIVAL Fellows Performances and Events will be hosted by: German House, MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick, New York University, Scandinavia House, and the Taipei Cultural Center. Concerts Tuesday, June 20th @ MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick, 8:00 pm 678 Hart St #1B, Brooklyn, NY 11221 Wednesday, June 21st @ German House, 6:00 pm 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 Wednesday, June 21st @ Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 9:00 pm 70 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012 Thursday, June 22nd @ MISE-EN_Place Bushwick, 8:00 pm 678 Hart St #1B, Brooklyn, NY 11221 Friday, June 23rd @ Scandinavia House, 7:00 pm 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016 Saturday, June 24th @ Taipei Cultural Center, 3:00 – 10:00 pm 1 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017 Workshops Sunday, June 25th @ New York University GSAS Music Department Room 220, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 24 Waverly Pl, New York, 10003 NEW YORK, NY —This summer New Yorkers can expect a spectacular display of musical expressions from the 2017 iteration of the MISE-EN Music Festival. Since 2014, ENSEMBLE MISE-EN has …

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Reusable Universes: Shih Chieh Huang features the work of Shih Chieh Huang, who combines his longstanding fascination with technology and the materials of modern life to transform mundane manufactured objects into novel and remarkably complex sculptural forms. Huang elevates circuit building, transistor rewiring, and other hardware operations into an art that connects not only with our senses but our sense of humanity between today’s virtual and analog existence. At the Worcester Art Museum, Huang plans to create his most ambitious immersive environment to date—a kinetic sculptural installation consisting of over one hundred various-sized elements. In addition to the exhibition, the artist will create onsite his Organic Concept, an infinitely scalable sculpture made from rolls of painter’s plastic and box fans. The creation will be a public performance in the Museum lobby on July 20, 2017. Afterwards, Organic Concept will be temporarily installed in the Renaissance Court. Reusable Universes resonates with the spirit of innovation and curiosity that continues to ground Worcester today. Huang’s art also will provoke the viewer to consider society’s rapidly changing relationship with technology. By constructing grand works of “low-tech” art made from high-tech parts that are intentionally built to look unfinished, Huang endeavors to recapture the …

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