Bangsokol What do you see?—Contemporary Art from Taiwan Reusable Universes: Shih Chieh Huang Power, Haunting and Resilience on View Aug 19 to Dec 17
LATEST NEWS/EVENTS

The talk, co-organized by the Taipei Cultural Center in New York and the “Keep Taiwan Free Volunteer Group,” has invited eight Taiwanese who participated in UN for Taiwan activities to share their experiences and the process of voicing support for Taiwan’s international participation. This year they have also organized some creative ways to help New York residents and tourists become more aware of Taiwan. These include an interesting art installation, several outdoor lectures, and hosting the first ever Taiwan Bubble Tea Festival in Manhattan. From the “Keep Taiwan Free” parade to “Why Taiwan Matters”, we welcome more overseas Taiwanese people and international friends to join in and help Taiwan market itself to the world. Event Info: Talk Topic: Why Taiwan Matters and How to Market Taiwan by Creativity Time: Friday, Dec 8, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm Venue: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (1 East 42nd St.) Speaker: Alex Chang | Jenny Wang | Shawn Lin | Hong Tien Lai | Borcheng Hsu | Eason Wu | Robin Lee | Chung-Wei Lee This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. (Please click HERE to RSVP.)

Read More

Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia Commissioned by Cambodian Living Arts Co-Commissioned by Taipei Philharmonic Foundation, BAM 2017 Next Wave Festival, and Arts Centre Melbourne Directed and designed by Rithy Panh Music by Him Sophy Libretto by Trent Walker Two survivors of the Khmer Rouge—composer Him Sophy and filmmaker Rithy Panh (The Missing Picture)—attempt to return dignity to their country’s dead with this musical ritual remembering the Cambodian genocide. Against cinematic evocations of this bruised history, Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia recruits the Metropolis Ensemble, the Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir, and traditional Khmer vocalists and instruments—ancient harps, flutes, and the xylophone-like roneat pluah—to mourn the nearly two million forgotten souls. Mellifluous Buddhist smot chanting and other all-but-extinct Khmer musical forms are woven throughout a procession that moves from the heavens to the killing fields, culminating in a plea to recognize impermanence as the only path to peace. Film by Rithy Panh Stage direction by Gideon Obarzanek Music direction and conducting by Andrew Cyr Lighting design by Bosco Shaw Costume design by Romyda Keth Music developed in collaboration with Metropolis Ensemble Original idea by Charley Todd Produced by THE OFFICE performing arts + film. Additional support provided by The Rainbow Initiative, Ministry of Culture Taiwan (R.O.C.), Ford Foundation …

Read More

Re-Re-positioning the Present Dates: Dec.5, 2017-Feb. 16, 2018 Venue: ISCP (1040 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211) Opening Reception: Dec. 5, 2017, 6-8pm Re-Re-positioning the Present is an exhibition curated by ISCP alumna Hsiang-Ning Huang in ISCP’s Project Space, featuring work by the contemporary Taiwanese artist known as “Shake.” The exhibition aims to address the complex political reality of Taiwan, historically located on the boundaries of different empires. During a half century of Japanese colonization from 1895-1945, Taiwan served as a base for Japan to maneuver to the south. Having just received a new group of rulers after WWII, Taiwan soon became involved in another war and assumed the role of a military base at sea as the world entered the Cold War. “MacArthur described Taiwan as ‘an unsinkable aircraft carrier’ on the Pacific Ocean in a 1950 statement. It referred to the notion that this island could be a military base, a fortress, a piece of moving territory on the sea. However, wo was commanding this aircraft carrier if Taiwan were one?” the artist asks in her statement. During Japan’s colonial rule, the Japanese mobilized and gathered a massive number of soldiers, fleets, aircrafts, weaponry, and provisions on the island, apparently treating it as an aircraft …

Read More

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York is pleased to announce that the exhibition “What do you see?—Contemporary Art from Taiwan” will be held from November 30, 2017 to January 26, 2018 at the TECO gallery (1 E. 42nd Street). The two-month long event showcases artwork from seven Taiwanese artists on the subject of reality and the ways in which we interpret our reality through sight and language. The exhibition, which includes paintings, sculptures as well as new media and installation art, hopes to create a dialogue with local artists and foster cultural exchange and collaboration between Taiwanese artists and their international peers. This marks the first time that works from Art Bank, Taiwan will be shown in New York. A program under the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Art Bank aims to promote artistic creation and the cultivation of Taiwanese artists through a public collection program. Government agencies and private companies are encouraged to rent artwork from Art Bank for display in public places in order to raise appreciation for the arts, increase the circulation of artwork and invigorate the art market in Taiwan. The exhibition is jointly organized by the Taipei Economic and Cultural …

Read More

The Taipei Cultural Center in New York is pleased to invite moviegoers and art enthusiasts to join us for the premiere screenings of FACE THE EARTH, a documentary by the acclaimed filmmaker Ming-Chuan Huang showcasing the groundbreaking work of the performance artist Chin Chih Yang whose lifelong focus on the culture of waste, on this weekend of Nov. 18 and 19. FACE THE EARTH puts viewers right next to Yang as 30,000 aluminum cans are dumped on his head to call our attention to the vast amount of waste each of us creates – the average person uses and discards 30,000 cans in their lifetime! Sit alongside Chin Chih and passersby in New York City’s storied Union Square, on a giant block of ice and ponder the possibility that the polar ice cap will be gone by 2050. Watch the public participate with the artist to help him create his Giant Can Family at the Contemporary Art Museum of Taipei. Learn how he makes sturdy whole cloth out of discarded potato chip bags and gain insight into how each of us can FACE THE EARTH and contribute to her resuscitation. The special screenings will take place on Nov. 18 and …

Read More

KAO!INC., the legendary hip-hop label from Taiwan is making its first North America appearance this November. All of the artists from KAO!INC., including the label’s founding artist Soft Lipa, the king of underground rap world GorDoN aka Dr.Paper, the multi-talent representative Yinghung aka DJ Didilong, and the popular hip-hop newbie Leo Wang will all be participating in the KAO!INC. World Tour showcase. The Coast to Coast – LA to NYC shows, the four groups from KAO!INC. will bring out the best and the most unforgettable performance. Besides the classics, they will also present new tunes that have yet been released. The KAO!INC. World Tour will make nine stops in different cities around the globe. The tour kicked off in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, with a thousand tickets sold out in minutes. The tour continues with Los Angeles and New York. And this will be the first time that this well-known label from Asia sets foot in America. Please be ready, as KAO!INC. is coming to you. KAO!INC. World Tour – New York Date: Nov/22/2017, Wednesday Venue: Highline Ballroom (431 W 16th St, New York, NY) Ticket information: Highline Ballroom Time: OPEN 19:00 / START 20:00 KAO!INC. is a legendary hip-hop label based in …

Read More

Taking place from Nov 9 through 18, the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival returns for its 21st edition with an eclectic mix of Taiwanese films including the award-winning THE LAST VERSE by Tseng Ying-ting and MY DEAR ART, a documentary on art collecting by Hsu Hao-hsuan, plus “Pulse of Taiwan”-four award-winning short films about family relationships and finding love in the age of artificial intelligence. As an official selection of 2017 Busan International Film Festival, THE LAST VERSE has won the Best Actress, Best Actor in a TV Movie category, 2017 Golden Bell Awards in Taiwan. Set against the subtle backdrop of the elections and government politics of Taiwan from the early 2000s onward, THE LAST VERSE tracks in human terms real estate bubbles, political corruption, market liberalization, and dwindling spirits. This melodrama will have its North American premiere on Nov 12 with the director Tseng Ying-ting and the leading actor Fu Meng-po in person. Directed by the rising talent Hsu Hao-hsuan, MY DEAR ART is a documentary featuring interviews with artists, gallerists and art collectors who share their views on art collecting, which allows behind-the-scenes access to the art collection world and the introduction of numerous contemporary Asian …

Read More