ANNOUNCEMENT

“For a Better Tomorrow” exhibition opens in New York Dec. 3

“For a better tomorrow,” an exhibition that features works by four Taiwanese visual artists, is set to open on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 and run through the month at inCube Arts Space in Manhattan. “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country”— John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–1963) To use this famous quote as the opening of this curatorial essay is not an attempt to instigate nationalist ideological debates over political governance. On the contrary, it is to reveal how, in his critique of John F. Kennedy, American neoclassical economist Milton Friedman (1912–2006) with his idea of the “free man” and absolute freedom that it entails, defied democratic functioning in the name of economic freedom; how biopolitics verged on absolute control; how the neoliberal definition of “freedom” is distorted, to satisfy the desire for economic expansion, by political parties and corporate conglomerates into a weapon to disintegrate a nation and its democratic mechanisms, in turn constraining, trampling, and annihilating human freedom. A seemingly ironic slogan, “For a better tomorrow” is intended to underline the status quo where we are faced with a structural problem haunted by neoliberalism. The intervention of art turns …

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Artists Wrap up Their RU Residencies with ‘Interpreting Brooklyn’ Exhibition

The exhibition “Interpreting Brooklyn” appropriates the landscape of Brooklyn as a point of departure to commission new works by two Taiwanese artists in residency, Kai chun Chiang and Sean Wang. The show is curated by Boshko Boskovic, RU Program Director. Inspired by the diverse neighborhood of South Williamsburg where El Museo de Los Sures is located, both artists will create works that integrate cultural elements stemming from their native Taiwan. The works presented take many forms including sculpture, photography and video projections. In his proposal for Interpreting Brooklyn, Kai chun Chiang transfers historic and present day architectural photographs of Brooklyn onto ceramic tiles with images that he shot himself and taken from archives. Chiang contrasts the rich diversity of the Williamsburg façade patterns with middle class Taiwanese buildings whose wall decoration motifs were influenced by the European style from early 20th century onwards. Sean Wang’s starting point is a collection of Taiwanese landscape photographs which he re-inserts into the Brooklyn scenery. He appropriates the subculture of Taiwanese male amateur photographers who capture female subjects in the urban landscape. In this new hybrid photographic series, his muse is Lin Pin-Han, a professional dancer who has been studying dance since the age …

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J CHEN PROJECT ‘s 2016-17 Season Open with Chien-Hao Chang’s New Work PASSES US BY

The J CHEN PROJECT, an all-Asian choreography team, previewed The Shadow and The Like at Dixon Place from September 29th – October 1st. The Shadow and The Like featured an all-Asian team of choreographers, including Taiwan’s choreographer Chien-Hao Chang. The Shadow and The Like unearthed feelings below the surface of curated online personas, bringing attention to the weight of this generation’s quest for digital acceptance. Born from tragedy, redemption and more, J CHEN PROJECT, a NYC-based modern dance company founded in 2008, translates the largest of questions about life via sensual, soulful movement and thought-provoking social engagement. Jessica Chen was inspired to create this dance after learning about the suicide of Madison Holleran, a champion athlete from New Jersey, along with a new study noting the increase of suicide rates among adolescent women in recent years. Chen says, “The Shadow and The Like will use dance to translate unspoken fears in the digital age for a modern audience.” Chien-Hao Chang, a long-time collaborator of Jessica Chen, was the recipient of a travel grant from Ministry of Culture in Republic of China to create work for J CHEN PROJECT’s The Shadow and The Like. Due to additional funding, Chang and Chen …

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Taiwan’s Cloud Gate 2 heads to Fall for Dance with “Beckoning”

Beckoning US Premiere Choreography CHENG Tsung-lung Duration 40 minutes “People can often turn into another identity in one instant. And I am fascinated by how these changes take place on their bodies, expressions and tones,” said CHENG Tsung-lung. Distilling movements subtly from Taiwanese street-dancing ritual of Ba Jia Jiang(the ‘Eight Infernal Generals’), CHENG has created a mysterious zigzag of body language that gives this abstract work a playful and yet poetic quality. This performances of Beckoning are made possible with the support of the Ministry of Cultures, Republic of China, Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, Asian Cultural Council. Performance information FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 and SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 at 8pm Program includes: Cloud Gate 2, Beckoning (US Premiere), Cheng Tsung-Lung along with three other groups of artists, Shantala Shivalingappa, Nederlands Dans Theater, Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo, Venue: New York City Center (131 West55th Street between6th and7th Avenues). Ticket Sales: NYCityCenter.org About CLOUD GATE 2:  Cloud Gate 2 was formed in 1999 by Lin Hwai-min, Founder and Artistic Director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, with the late LO Man-fei, a choreographer and former Cloud Gate dancer, as its Artistic Director.After LO’s passing in 2006, Lin acted …

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Nanguan Concert:”Song of the Pipa-Lute”

Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China, Taipei Cultural Center will host a special performance Song of the Pipa-Lute by Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble on Wednesday Sept. 28 at Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York. The Nanguan genre of music in Taiwan is one of the oldest and most exquisite forms of surviving traditional music. The Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble was founded by Wang, Xin-Xin for the preservation, study, and promulgation of this ancient art form. Xinxin Nanguan sows the seeds in today’s contemporary artistic garden, keeping this traditional form blooming with its abundant cultural heritage, as well as appeasing the restless minds of the present. XinXin Nanguan Ensemble has chosen not to cling to tradition, as it continues to draw on its professionalism to create new innovations in musical style, artistic theme, and stage design.Every year, it is able to produce stunning and fresh Nanguan performances. Some of XinXin Nanguan Ensemble’s important performances are as follows: singing and playing for Yangexing (Sumptuous Feasting Song)–Liyuan Classical Dance and Music, Beauties at Stroll, and Romance of Lychee Mirror by the Han Tang Yuefu Ensemble, 《Recital of songs Nanguan》at the National Concert Hall, Yangexing (Sumptuous Feasting Song)–Liyuan Classical Dance and …

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‘Fancy Animal Carnival’ Debuts on Broadway Pedestrian Plazas in New York City’s Garment District

The Fancy Animal Carnival exhibit is organized by Taipei’s InSian Gallery, the Garment District Alliance and Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, which showcases world-class public art installations in the heart of midtown Manhattan. The sculptures will occupy the Garment District pedestrian plazas on Broadway from 36th to 41st Streets and will be open to the public through April 2017. Each of the eleven animal sculptures represents a narrative, expressed through traditional Taiwanese symbols and motifs believed to bring luck. The painted patterns reflect on folk culture and religion, as well as the artist’s personal experiences and observations of people’s everyday lives.The public art installation will captivate New Yorkers and visitors alike with its vibrant, astonishing presence on Broadway in the Garment District. Emmanuel Fremin, Yi’s New York-based gallery representation, says of Yi’s first New York exhibition, “We want the American public to get acquainted with an artist who is so well-known and recognized in Asia. The Garment District’s history with fashion in New York, and his pieces being so lively, colorful and handmade, makes them the perfect works to launch during Fashion Week.” The Garment District is home to thousands of people working in the “creative economy,” including fine and performing artists, …

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“No Cause for Alarm” Contemporary Art Show Opens at La Mama Galleria Sept. 15

No Cause for Alarm, an exhibition that brings together the work of eleven artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China and includes artworks in the form of mixed-media installation, video and performance will run from September 15 to October 8, 2016 at La Mama Galleria in New York. No matter where you live, people living in the city are facing various kinds of stresses and pressures. It could be coming from the society, system, work, family, or simply ones’ own expectations. No Cause for Alarm is an exhibition trying to investigate the nervousness in contemporary city life. The exhibition is focusing on the possibility but not the situation itself, because ‘situation’ is a state of flux that changes from time to time and varies from place to place. There is no point in discussing the situation without a thorough understanding of the causes and consequences. However, possibility implies potential and the unknown, which encourages imagination and creativity. By understanding our own position in certain situations, we try to come up with suggestions and consolations to ease tensions. Artists taking part in this exhibition are invited to meditate on the current moment, unveil the overlooked in modern city life, and investigate …

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“MOC Translation and Publication Grants” call for proposals

Since 2014 the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan), has launched “MOC Translation and Publication Grants” to encourage the publication of translations of Taiwan’s literature, including fiction, non-fiction, picture books and comics, and help Taiwan’s publishing industry to explore non-Chinese international markets. From 2015 onward the Ministry of Culture “Translation Grant Program” is established to promote Taiwan literature, text and graphics, picture books, comic books, and other publications, expedite international exchanges, and strengthen the international image and visibility of Taiwan. On the other hand, “Books from Taiwan” is a new initiative funded by the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture to introduce fiction and non-fiction to foreign publishers and readers alike. On this website you will find information about authors. Anyone who is interested in translating and publishing Taiwan literary works is more than welcome to check directions for soliciting grants out at the MOC’s website, beginning from September 1st this year, and continue to introduce Taiwan literature into the international arena. For more details, please press here, visit http://booksfromtaiwan.tw or contact Ms. Su at Books Section, Department of Humanities and Publications, at books@moc.gov.tw

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The Road to Success – Artist Talk with Chi-Hung Yang, Long-Bin Chen, C.J. Yeh and Jeff Chieh-Hsing Liao

《The Road to Success》Artist Talk with New York based Taiwanese Artists Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 6:30PM Taiwan Academy, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York 1 East 42nd Street, B1, New York, NY 10017 Moderated by C. J. Yeh, Professor and Assistant Chair, Communication Design Department, FIT Chi-Hung Yang is a famous artist, Long-Bin Chen specializes in book sculpture, Jeff Chieh-Hsing Liao is a photographer and C.J. Yeh is a new media artist and FIT professor. The Taipei Cultural Center is pleased to invite them to share their valuable stories with our friends. Free Admission For more Information: Please contact TPECC at oliviasu@moc.gov.tw

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