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Open Call—2017 RU Residency for Taiwanese Artists

Taipei Cultural Center in New York is proud to announce its 5th open call for two Taiwanese artists for a four-month residency each, from July 1 to October 31, 2017, at Residency Unlimited (RU) in New York City. Artists that specialize in visual arts and performance arts are encouraged to submit their applications for this opportunity. Applications are due February 13, 2017. This program is generously supported by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan). The residency covers round-trip air tickets to and from New York City, a monthly allowance of $2000 to cover living costs during the residency, and a $1000 exhibition production stipend. RU, a non-profit art organization established in New York in 2009, supports the creative process and promotes exchange through its unique residency program and year-round public programs. Moving beyond the traditional studio model, RU forges strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions to offer flexible and customized residencies to meet individual goals and needs. RU is particularly committed to promoting multidisciplinary practices and building lasting connections between residents and the broader arts community. Apart from the aforementioned stipends from the MoC, this program also provides: • Access to RU’s shared, co-working space at 360 Court Street …

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OneBeat 2017 (USA) – Call for applications

This call is open to to musicians between the ages of 19-35 years who live and work in any of the following countries: Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Panama, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, United States, Venezuela, Zimbabwe. OneBeat Fellows must apply individually and will be selected as individuals. However, several members of a group are welcome to apply separately. Musicians from any genre or background are encouraged to apply. The organisers are looking for musicians who have achieved an advanced proficiency in styles and skills such as (but not limited to): folk music, hip hop, electronic music, traditional music, jazz, experimental, classical, sound-art installations, DJing, audio engineering, etc. All costs will be covered for OneBeat Fellows, including travel and accommodations. Fellows will also receive a per diem and a modest honorarium. OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, & produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation. DEADLINE Applications are due by 5:00pm (Eastern Standard …

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U.S. Premiere of OUT THERE, First Look Festival at MoMI, Jan 7, 2017

The film OUT THERE, directed by the Japanese director Takehiro Ito and starring Taiwanese actor and photographer Chun Chih Ma, will have its U.S. premiere with the filmmakers in person as part of the opening weekend First Look Festival on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI). OUT THERE, which was made in Taipei and Tokyo, tells a story of a director looking for a new actor to resurrect a stalled documentary project on the Taiwanese director Edward Yang. This actor is Ma (as himself), born in Taiwan, who wanders around Tokyo and searches for the feeling of being home. Traveling back and forth through secret gates between Tokyo and Taiwan, OUT THERE is in turns a documentary, a film within a film, a love story, and a story about wandering, also a film in which the cities are among the main characters. As Takehiro Ito’s feature debut, OUT THERE is a hybrid of fiction and documentary, whose innovative form and subject has made it selected for the official international competition of FID Marseille and Turin International Film Festival 2016. Now it’s going to be presented at the sixth edition of the First Look Festival, …

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IN THEATER and B DANCE New York Premiere

Taipei Cultural Center is pleased partner with Japan Society for 17th CONTEMPORARY DANCE SHOWCASE: JAPAN + EAST ASIA with 5 duos from Taiwan, Japan and Korea. FEATURE FIVE DUOS: ▇ YEN-CHENG LIU/IN THEATER’S Tschüss!! Bunny (Taiwan) -North American Premiere ▇ Po-Cheng Tsai/ B Dance’s Hugin/Munin(Taiwan)-North American Premiere ▇ Un Yamada/Co.Un Yamada’s les Noces(The wedding)(Japan)-North American Premiere ▇ Akiko Kitamura & Navid Navab’s TranSenses(Japan)-World Premiere ▇ Heung-Ryeol Jun+ Sang-Man Pyo/JJbrp’s Jimmy & jack (Korea)-North American Premiere Since 1997, Japan Society’s Contemporary Dance Showcase has been a vital incubator for Japanese and East Asian choreographers, introducing them to the U.S. during the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference and serving to launch and support their international careers. A leading platform for the introduction of Japanese choreographers and companies, the Dance Showcase has expanded to frequently include artists and works from the broader East Asian region, including Taiwan and South Korea. Many Dance Showcase “alumni” have gone onto perform in major venues such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Walker Art Center, The Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater and others. Tickets & Information: Friday, January 6 & Satuday 7 at 7:30pm Website: Japan Society

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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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