VISUAL ARTS

Long-Bin Chen: Composers

Feb. 25- May 25, 2014 Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia Organized by WEST COLLECTION The late Susan Sontag had it right: “A good book is an education of the heart.” Not only do books enlarge one’s “sense of human possibility,” she wrote, they also expand the individual’s “experience of the world.” Conversely—the great American cultural critic declared—books are “creators of inwardness.” It doesn’t take a huge imaginative leap to believe that, had she been asked, Sontag would have easily extended her observations to choice bits of music or objects d’art. That goes double had she ever been confronted with Long-bin Chen’s bookish busts of classical composers. An artist who has taken to carving bizarrely realistic sculpture from the detritus of our machine-age civilization, Long-bin Chen has for more than two decades turned the old modernist idea of truth to materials into a capacious digital-era sculptural metaphor. As the artist put in an interview, it was sometime in 1992 that he realized that the personal computer had begun making the world of books effectively obsolete. Not long after, he began cutting up hard and paperback volumes, newsprint, and recycled paper. The results are trick-the-eye sculptures that represent modernity’s most …

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2014 Looking for LOHAS Talents-The “working holiday” Program of Gold Museum

Since the grand opening in 2004, the Gold Museum has been dedicated to preserving and revitalizing the mining cultural heritage in the Shuinandong-Jinguashi-Jiufen area. On a continuing basis, the aim of the program is to enhance the networking between local features and environmental resources and to fully present the integration of mining cultural heritage and history in the area. In August 2012 the Gold Museum has firstly introduced the concept of “working holiday”, all the “LOHAS Talents” are invited to join the program in Jinguashi, which is one of the world-class landscapes in Taiwan. The program provides free accommodation in a Japanese Style Dormitory area. By joining the program all the LOHAS Talents can experience the atmosphere and the lifestyle in the old mine mountain through the interaction with the local artists. This program will be launched again next year, in order to revitalize the old village and promote cultural and art development in the triangular area of Shuinandong-Jinguashi-Jiufen. The selected artists are welcome to choose any one of three periods to explore the festivities, creative works of the local artists and the full series of museum events in the area. The program aims to bring the visiting artists a …

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I-Ting Hou and Liang-Pin Tsao participate in “Gift, exchange and collaboration” project to conclude their New York residency program

Exhibition event and Talk on Saturday, Sept. 21st, 2013 at 12-6PM Residency Unlimited (360 Court St. Unit #4 Brooklyn, NY 11231) Gift, exchange and collaboration While one could argue that the work of Tashi Brauen (Switzerland), I-Ting Hou (Taiwan), Avigail Talmor (Israel) and Liang-Pin Tsao (Taiwan) share a documentary impulse in their work or present a savvy investigation of subject/object relations, such common threads negate the inherent characteristics and unique quality of their respective practices. In lieu of presenting a thematic group exhibition, the artists have opted to collaborate on a project. During the planning process, each production meeting began with the exchange of a gift – material or conceptual–that represented aspects of their individual practices and backgrounds. Consequently, the artists will present a collaborative relay project, in which the discussions revolving around gifts, both cultural and artistic exchange, serve as the parameters. A conversation, moderated by curator Rachel Gugelberger, will focus on their collaborative process, specifically the challenges they may have faced; issues of self-imposed restraint and creation; the possibility for a prolonged meditation on their respective themes or the potentially liberating deviations from their work to date.

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“Monkey Magic” Public Art in NYC by Tang-Wei Hsu

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and the New York City Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Urban Art Program announced Taiwanese artist Tang-Wei Hsu’s Monkey Magic, a new artwork produced for the pedestrian safety island at 9th Avenue and 36th Street in Manhattan. Monkey Magic, continues Tang-Wei Hsu’s use of anime and science fiction-influenced graphics. This totemic sculpture references the ancient South Asian fables Three Monkeys and The Journey to the West as well as Hsu’s own experience in New York where he has lived intermittently for the past three years. Coated with symbols of both landscape and manufacturing, the figures extend into the surrounding bustle, offering brief respite to passersby. Tang-Wei Hsu obtained an MFA in Architecture at the Tainan National University of the Arts. Hsu’s paintings begin from an imagined fantasy space extending into installation, sculpture and public art. His solo exhibitions include Sphere of Planetesimals, National Central University Art Center, Taiwan; Evolutionism, Gallery J. Chen, Taipei, Taiwan; Dredging Up the Drift, ITPARK Gallery, Taipei; Fantasy, Art Center of Hsinchu University of Education, Follower, Shin Leh Yuan Art Space, Taipei. Group exhibitions include Art Fair Tokyo, Tokyo; China International Gallery Exposition (CIGE 2009), China World Trade Center Exhibition …

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“Music while We Work” (2011) by Hong-Kai Wang exhibited in MoMA

Soundings: A Contemporary Score @ MoMA, NYC August 10–November 3, 2013 The Museum of Modern Art presents Soundings: A Contemporary Score, the first group exhibition at MoMA to single out sound as a form of artistic expression, and one of the first of its kind in New York. The exhibition is on view from August 10 to November 3, 2013, in the third-floor Special Exhibitions Gallery and other locations around the Museum. Soundings features the work of 16 contemporary artists working with sound, from the United States, Uruguay, Norway, Denmark, England, Scotland, Germany, Australia, Japan, and Taiwan. With a broad understanding of art, architecture, performance, telecommunications, philosophy, and music, these artists move comfortably among mediums, while listening and hearing remain central to their practice. Soundings is organized by Barbara London, Associate Curator, with Leora Morinis, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art, MoMA. At a time when the experience of sound is increasingly private—delivered through earbuds and headphones—Soundings is a communal exploration of how and what we hear, and what we might make of it. Sound art, still a relatively undefined territory, satisfies artists’ urge to pioneer new forms. They inventively link sound both to the other human senses …

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I-Hsuen Chen: I am Leaving this City, exhibited in Chelsea, New York

Taiwanese artist I-Hsuen Chen’s first major exhibition, I am Leaving this City is presented by hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK, and sponsored by Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. (Taiwan). Working with curator Takayuki Fujii, it takes the form of a rich sampling of several bodies of recent photographic work, manifesting Chen’s experience of omnipresent middleness between time and place. “CHEN, under the spell of the classic road-trip photographers Robert Frank, Stephen Shore, and Joel Sternfeld, idylls through Taiwan, but instead of finding the drama of Frank’s diverse demographics, or the wonder of Sternfeld’s American anecdotes, he discovers a society in a state of suspension. Time seems to have stopped for this island culture, and Chen focuses on the inadvertent poise of routine and the everyday.” -Allen Frame, “Notes on PAUSE, an exhibition at Foley Gallery,” 2013 In his first major body of work, Nowhere in Taiwan, Chen hit the road like in a road movie, and documented the isolated state of mind in his own homeland. Most of the images, taken in the undefined areas between the urban and the rural, “nowhere” as he call them, are a series of symbols and traces of human and their activities, which also revived the …

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“inToAsia: Time-based Art Festival 2013 – MicroCities” Opens on Aug. 8th

Curated by CHEN Wei-ching, Joanne and LAI Lih-huei (Josiane) In recent years, social and economic developments in East Asia have produced drastic changes in its urban landscape and introduced architectural diversity in its many cities. While developments in metropolis are inevitable, economic booms also affect small cities evolving into dense, fast-paced, technology-oriented societies. Changes in culture, ideology, social/economic structures, as well as ecological environment accompany this process of reconstruction. Dramatic changes in city landscape are prominent and obvious, but the collapse of the social system and its metamorphosis are not immediately apparent, and necessitates an in-depth examination of the global trends affecting life in the City. “MicroCities” gathers together a group of time-based art, including videos, shorts, animations, kinetic installations, and real-time sound art performances. Coming from Taiwan, Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, and India, these artists, with varying cultural and social backgrounds, reflect on their life experiences in relation to the world-wide social issues associated with a global culture, and how this affects the dynamics of the rising East Asian cities as a whole. Participating Artists: CHEN Wan-Jen|CHIANG Chien-Hsin + LIAO Chien-Chiao|Chilai Howard CHENG|Chim↑Pom|Chitra Ganesh|CHOU Yu-Cheng|CHU ChunTeng|DIN Chin-Chung|Gitanjali Rao|HO Tzu Nyen|HSU Che-Yu|HSU Chia-Wei|HU Xiangqian|Junebum PARK|Kenji WONG|LIN …

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TAIWANESE ARTISTS IN PIXILERATIONS

September 22 – October 2, 2012 270 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903 Tel: 401.421.4278 Web: www.first-works.org Pixilerations is a new media festival in Providence, Rhode Island that investigates the state of new media arts through installations, performances and film/video screenings. It is part of the larger FirstWorks Festival, a multidimensional performing arts festival in Providence each fall. Pixilerations is produced by FirstWorks in collaboration with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Brown University, and the City of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism. Now in its ninth year, Pixilerations is one of the foremost venues for new media artwork in New England. In 2010, for the first time, Taiwanese artist Dar-Kuen Wu was invited to join the festival and exhibit the work MI LOU TAIPEI. It was a joint effort between Taipei Cultural Center and the organizer of Pixilerations. Then, in 2011, two Taiwanese artists Chun-Chiang Niu and Yi-Chun Chen were invited to present their works DISTORTION and LIGHT CALLIGRAPHY in Pixilerations. In 2012 the TPECC will continue to cooperate with Pixilerations, selecting two Taiwanese artists to participate.

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BABY WORK

September 12 – December 8, 2012 ZERO1 Biennial The ZERO1 Garage 439 S. 1st Street, San Jose, CA Tel: 408.916.1010 Web: zero1.org The theme of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial is “Seeking Silicon Valley.” The Biennial will feature work by a diverse group of local, national, and international contemporary artists whose work will transform Silicon Valley into an epicentre for innovative art production and public experience. San Jose will serve as the central hub of Biennial programming and street activation events during the Biennial opening weekend of September 12-16, 2012 and Biennial exhibitions and activities will span the Bay Area from September – December 2012. Cheang Shu Lea, an artist, conceptualist, filmmaker and networker, is invited to exhibit her work BABY WORK in the Biennial. BABY WORK, designed as a performative installation, situates the public as BABY who works to align lost ME (Memory-Emotion) data. The installation as a performance, the performance as an installation, BABY WORK gathers piles of discarded keyboards in an open public space. A crane machine is erected among the piles of broken keyboards. The crashing arm of the machine picks up and throws about the keyboards, trashing them into pieces of keys. The public visiting the installation …

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