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“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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MY EGG BOY and LOST DAUGHTER at 20th Edition of Toronto Reel Asian Intel Film Festival, Nov 12 and 19

The Taiwanese romantic comedy MY EGG BOY and unconventional family drama LOST DAUGHTER have been selected for this year’s edition of Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2016 and will have their Canadian premieres on Nov 12 and 19 with Dir. Fu Tien-Yu and the leading actor Rhydian Vaughan in person. Staring Ariel Lin and Rhydian Vaughan, MY EGG BOY is a story about love and the value of lives. For women live in modern days, to have children or not is a question more complicated than love. For those whose biological clocks are ticking, egg freezing may prolong their fertility. Evoking smiles and tears from audience members, this film provides a glimpse of what millions of working women struggle with: finding the balance between pursuing a career and marriage. LOST DAUGHTER is the new talent director Chen Yu-Jie’s impressive feature debut, which showcases extraordinary performances from veteran Taiwanese actor Li Tien-chu and rising star Phoebe Lin. It is a compelling family drama with the chills of a gripping thriller, which won the 7th Film Taipei Screenplay Awards and Golden Bell Tele-movies Best Leading Actor and Supporting Actress awards this year. For more information, please visit reelasian.com. Screening schedule LOST …

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BAMcinématek presents Edward Yang’s TheTerrorizers, Oct 21—27

From Friday, October 21, through Thursday, October 27, BAMcinématek presents the first theatrical run of Edward Yang’s The Terrorizers (1986). This widely lauded—though little seen—film will be screened for a full week in continuation of BAM’s celebration of Yang’s masterful film career. With The Terrorizers—starring Cora Miao, Lichun Lee, and Wang An—Yang crafts a mesmerizing, enigmatic thriller about fate, urban existence, and violence, both physical and emotional. On a sunny day in Taipei, shots ring out from an apartment complex and a body lies dead in the streets. In the aftermath of the crime, the lives of seemingly disparate people—including a couple whose marriage is dissolving, a photographer, and a sociopathic young woman—begin to intersect, connected by the shooting and an insidious prank phone call that will shape the course of their existences. Constructed like a puzzle, The Terrorizers maintains an air of quietly creeping unease as it builds towards its shattering, mind-scrambling denouement. Born in Shanghai and raised in Taipei, Yang received a Master’s degree in Engineering in Miami and worked seven years as a computer scientist in Seattle before returning to Taipei to commence his life as a filmmaker. Although a cinephile from a young age, it took …

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NYPL for the Performing Arts presents Singing Chen’s Mountain Spirits and Ears Switched Off and On, Oct 20 and 22

Taipei Cultural Center is delighted to announce the collaboration with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts to present the final screenings of our 25th anniversary film series: MOUNTAIN SPIRITS and EARS SWITCHED OFF AND ON by the rising Taiwanese director Singing Chen. Mountain Spirits is the documentary about the Taiwanese acclaimed artist Wang Wen-Chih who has been taking part in various international art festivals including Venice Biennale in recent years. Using the natural materials of bamboo, rattan, and wood to express a profound serenity, and drawing on his memories of growing up in the mountains, Wang’s work displays both a unique vision and style in contemporary art. This documentary captures Wang’s attitude to life and his passion for nature in which both the work and the artist himself evoke the spirit of the mountain. “You can close your eyes but never the ears.”Ears Switched Off and On is the attempt to track downs the Taiwanese sound art context, those active, off-mainstream but ignored artists: Dino, Wang Fu-Jui, and Lin Chi-Wei. This documentary delineates these pioneers who have been devoted to sound art since the 90’s. Singing Chen is amongst the most talented young directors in Taiwan, recognized …

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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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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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ASIAN MOON FESTIVAL CELEBRATED AT SCRANTON WITH LECTURE AND ‘ART OF TEA’ DEMONSTRATION

The celebration of the Asian Moon Festival – a traditional autumn harvest festival – the University of Scranton will host a lecture on East Asian Buddhism and an Asian tea ceremony and workshop. Both events, offered free of charge and open to the public, are planned for Thursday, Sept. 15. Hsiao-Lan Hu, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at University of Detroit Mercy, will present on “Kuan-Yin (Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara): Empathy and Empowerment through Many Images.” Avalokiteśvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, also known by the name Kuan-Yin, Kannon, Kwan Um, Quan Am or Chenrezig, the “Perceiver of the Cries of the World,” is the most popular bodhisattva in the Buddhist world. Many Mahāyāna Buddhists, especially those who have chanted “The Universal Gate” chapter of the Lotus Sūtra, are also familiar with the concept that Kuan-Yin may take different forms to liberate sentient beings. The forms include male and female, old and young, elite and common, and human and non-human. Through an examination of the multiplication and transformation of Kuan-Yin’s many images, this talk offers a reflection on the empathy and empowerment that Kuan-Yin provided for East Asian Buddhist women in history, and what s/he …

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