Taiwan Culture Month 2017 Chai Found 2017 US Tour 25th Anniversary of Taipei Cultural Center in New York Kang Mu-Xiang Taiwan Culture Month-Film Series
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PROGRAM May 18-June MUSIC 音樂會 POETRY, SIZHU AND TAIWANESE OPERA BY CHAI FOUND MUSIC WORKSHOP 采風樂坊絲竹音樂會 Fri., May 26, 2:00pm, Mid-Manhattan Library (455 5th Ave, New York) This performance will be followed by a Q &A session with the musicians. Sat., May 27, 3:30pm, Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main St, Flushing) Sun., May 28 afternoon, Passport to Taiwan Festival, Union Square North Sizhu(絲竹), a type of ensemble arrangement that includes traditional Chinese string and woodwind instruments, has been the most fundamental musical style of the Chai Found Music Workshop (hereafter referred to as CFMW). CFMW’s music performances blends multi-directional components, such as including Taiwanese folksongs, traditional Taiwanese Opera, old Mandarin ballads, modern music, popular music, children’s musicals, oriental musical theater, and orchestration, with ethnic musical instruments. In this performance, CMFW will bring to the stage various interpretations of sizhu music and showcase the infinite possibilities of this hundreds-year-old genre. In “Classic Sizhu” CMFW will present a classical repertoire with fresh, novel arrangements; in “Modern Sizhu” CMFW will perform specially commissioned works from Taiwanese composers; while in “Poetry and Taiwanese Opera” the group will integrate lines of classic Tang poetry into the diverse musical modes of Taiwanese operatic style. IMPRESSION FORMOSA—A …

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Event Info: Topic: Life In Art and Art In Life, a Practical Digital Illustration Workshop Speaker: Nina Edwards Time: 3:30-5:30pm, Thursday, June 1, 2017 Venue: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (1 East 42nd St.) This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. (Please click HERE to RSVP.) The biggest difference between illustration and fine art is that illustration is a form of commercial art: its aesthetics applies to everyday life. It has to perform certain functions and convey information to its target audience. This information is carried through newspapers, magazines, books, advertising, merchandise, and the internet into public life. Through different creative themes (fashion, travel, fantasy, current affairs, lifestyle, character design, etc.), media (traditional and digital) and markets (gifts, stationery, animation, advertising, graphic novels, picture books, promotions, home furnishing, and decorative wall art), illustrators demonstrate diverse, lively, and everyday sides of the illustration field to the consumers’ lives. Nina Edwards has nearly 20 years of illustration, graphic design, and curating experience in the US. She teaches Fashion Illustration, Digital Art, and Art Licensing classes and workshops at Pratt Institute. Her expertise includes digital and watercolor illustrations, especially integrating opposing elements such as traditional …

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Introduction “Sizhu”, a type of ensemble arrangement that includes traditional Chinese string and woodwind instruments, has been the most fundamental musical style of Chai Found Music Workshop (CFMW). CFMW’s performance blend multi-directional components, such as Taiwanese folksong, traditional Taiwanese Opera, Mandarin old ballads, modern music, popular music, children’s musical, oriental musical theater and orchestration with ethnic music instruments. In this performance, CFMW will bring to stage various interpretations of sizhu music and showcase the infinite possibilities of this hundreds-year-old genre. In “Classic Sizhu”,CMFW will present a classical repertoire with fresh, noval arrangements; in “Modern Sizhu”, CMFW will perform commissioned works from Taiwanese composers and in “Ppoetry and Taiwanese Opera” the group will integrate lines of classic Tang Poetry into the diverse musical modes of Taiwanese operatic style.. Demonstration Lecture The Expression of Emotion in Traditional Chinese Music Thursday, May 25, 6:00pm Flushing Library (41-17 Main St., Flushing) Huang Chen-Ming with demonstrations by CMFW musicians Concerts POETRY, SIZHU and Taiwanese Opera Fri., May 26, 2:00pm, Mid-Manhattan Library (455 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016), followed by a Q&A session with the musicians Sat., May 27, 3:30pm, Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355) free with admission Sun., May 28, …

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“I first had to clean the used cables with chemicals before molding them in to the shape I desired. I suffered burns, eye injuries and muscle strains and I was exposed to high levels of dioxins as a result of working with a welder for long periods……” sculptor Kang Muxiang recalled the process of his first sculpture made from retired elevator cable. “Nevertheless, giving up a portion of my short life in exchange for a piece of eternal art, a bequest to future generations was all worthwhile,” he added. Kang worked day and night for about 18 months to complete his first artwork titled “Infinite Life” using discarded elevator cables from Taipei 101, formerly the world’s tallest building and now the fifth. Elevator cables are made from numerous steel wires wound tightly together. They are exceptionally difficult to bend, let alone shape into sculptures. “Everyone thought I was crazy, but I just wanted to do it. If I weren’t a little bit crazy, how could I be an artist?” Kang said. “The cables carried 6.6 million visitors during their six years of operation, so there seemed to be millions of lives wound up in them. That thought really intrigued me.” …

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Film Series Beyond Fiction: the Neglected Voices behind History This four-film series goes beyond fiction to introduce a selection of titles exploring the neglected voices behind contemporary Taiwanese and East Asian society and history. The series includes the award-winning biography documentary Hebei Taipei about a former soldier who survived the Chinese Civil War and lived with nostalgic memories for the rest of his life, After Spring, the Tamaki Family about a Taiwanese immigration history in Okinawa Japan, Absent Without Leave revealing the hidden past of the Malaysian Communist Party members, and Taiwan’s official Oscar entry, Hang in There, Kids, portraying 3 aboriginal boys who grapple with family struggles and life as aborigines in Taiwan. Delving into personal life stories as well as family memories, these films not only provide social context for a single person or family on their journey back home but also display the wide-ranging imagination of Taiwan’s historical complexity as far greater and more varied than mainstream histories might suggest. All films are New York premieres. Free admission. This series is part of Mid-Manhattan Library’s Sunday Movies program. All screenings will take place at the Library (455 Fifth Ave., 6th Floor. New York) Hebei Taipei Li Nien-hsiu, …

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For its third consecutive appearance at Frieze New York and first time in the art fair’s Main Section, Chi-Wen Gallery will present Chien-Chi Chang’s The War That Never Was (2017) and Yin-Ju Chen’s Extrastellar Evaluations (2016). In the video The War That Never Was, Chang interviews his mother, who was born in 1938 in a poor region of Taiwan. His questions are about her life as a wife, a mother and a laborer. With her life dedicated to survival, global affairs have little meaning to her and she never heard of the Cold War. The questions juxtapose important family moments with historical events during the Cold War, presented as archival photographs, film and sketches. The presentation is complemented with a sound installation “You and the Atomic Bomb by George Orwell 1945,” in which Stephen Barnes reads the famous George Orwell essay “You and the Atomic Bomb” that coined the term “Cold War.” Chen explores the function of power in human society, collective thinking and collective unconsciousness, and most recently the relationship between human behavior and the cosmos. Extrastellar Evaluations continues her research into dystopia, conspiracy and art history. Referencing a theory within biogeography that posited the existence of a “lost …

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Taking place May1st–May 7th, 2017, this year’s NYC Indie Film Festival showcases a lineup of over 250 films from over 30 countries, including two incredible animated works from Taiwan, Chai (Destroy) and Bart, which will be presented on May 4th and May 6th at The Producers’ Club. Bart, also selected by ATHENS ANIMFEST 2017 and nominated by the Golden Horse Awards 2016, tells a story of the Orphan girl Bart who survives by living in abandoned van collecting garbage. One day she brings the garbage dolls magically back to life. The cruel Town of Wonders mayor burns out Bart and her garbage friends, who sacrifice themselves for Bart. Lonely and desperate, Bart strikes to avenge. Taiwanese band CHANG AND LEE’s music video Chai (Destroy) is also selected for this year’s edition of NYC Indie Film Festival after it has been nominated for Best Lyrics at the Golden Melody Awards 2016, the biggest Taiwanese music award, featuring mandarin pops and bands across Asia. The story behind this song exactly reflects those that have dwelt in Taiwan for most of their life, trying to find out the most faithful affections within this vulnerable life. Celebrating its 8th anniversary this year, the NYC …

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