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2019
01/15
New York film center to screen experimental Taiwan documentaries
Date:2019/01/18   The Anthology Film Archives in New York will screen two early Taiwanese films from the 1930s and 1960s by Liu Na'ou (劉吶鷗), an enigmatic individual known for his pure and poetic take on cinema, and Pai Ching-jui (白景瑞), a Taiwanese pioneer of Italian neorealism, on Jan. 18.   Liu (1905 – 1940) was a Tainan-born and Japan-educated novelist and filmmaker who was associated with the "soft film" movement of 1930s Shanghai. From managing bookstores and publishing magazines to scriptwriting and film directing, he helped to introduce new theories from European cinema. Liu was assassinated under mysterious circumstances at the age of 35.   Liu's sole surviving film "The Man Who Has A Camera (持攝影機的男人)" contains five episodes: People, Tokyo, Sightseeing, Canton, and Parade. Originally shot on 9.5mm stock, the experimental documentary was donated to the Taiwan Film Institute by Liu's grandson, and was released episode by episode upon restoration.   Pai (1931 – 1997) studied filmmaking in Rome during the late 1950s, and became deeply influenced by Italian Neorealism. Although he helped usher forth a period of "healthy realism" in Taiwanese cinema, his own early works in the 1960s stood out for their avant-garde approach to video experimentation and choice of subject matter.   One of such works, "A Morning in Taipei (台北之晨)," was shot by Pai in 1964 upon returning from Italy and begins with the neon lights of Taipei City being swallowed by dawn. The lens traverses through parks, churches, markets, and factories before following the morning paper in joining the breakfast routine of a small middle-class family.   The two screenings are part of the "Cities Symphonies" series organized by the Anthology Film Archives to showcase classics from the 1920s and 1930s, where the eponymous genre began to take shape and evolve.
2018
12/18
New York-based artist residency seeking applicants from Taiwan
Date:2018/11/30~2018/12/30 PrintFBgoogle plustwitteremail     Application Guidelines for Artist Residency at Triangle Arts Association 2019   I. The Taipei Cultural Center (TCC) in New York, through a grant from Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, offers for one Taiwanese or Taiwan-based visual artist/collective/curator a three-month artist-in-residency opportunity in 2019 at the Triangle Arts Association in Brooklyn, New York.   II. About the residency The term of the residency is three months, from March 1 to May 31, 2019. Triangle Arts Association provides the artist/curator/collective with a private studio space and 24-hour access to all communal facilities, as well as an open studio event during the residency. The field trips and curator visits offer invaluable access to international and local networks, as well as professional conversations and critique.   III. Applicant Qualification   Prerequisites:   Applicants must be Republic of China (Taiwan) nationals, and not banned from travelling abroad due to mandatory military service or other legal restrictions; Non-student, including those who are taking leaves of absence from school; Have not participated in any artist-in-residency program sponsored by the Ministry of Culture or Taipei Cultural Center in New York in the past three years. Additional merits: proof of proficiency in English language (Accepted forms include TOFEL, CPE, TOEIC, GEPT, and IELTS.)   IV. Instructions for applying   Dates and Deadline: The open call runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 30, 2018. Application deadline is Dec. 30, 2018 at 23:59 Taipei time (10:59am New York time). Late applications will not be accepted. Applications should be submitted online, and all materials, including CVs, should be in English and Chinese unless stated otherwise. V. Application materials include:   Bio, which should cover the applicant’s background, practice, significant accomplishments; in English (max. 300 words) and Chinese (max. 500 words). Artist’s statement, in English (max. 300 words) and Chinese (max. 500 words). Project plan for the residency, in English (max. 450) and Chinese (max. 750 words). What do you want from the program, and what can you bring to a small dialogue-based residency? (In English, max. 200 words) Images of your work: Images should be named with your artwork title in English, max. 10 photos. URLs: Links to applicant’s personal website or video work, max. 3. Two professional references: Information should include full name, position title, organization (if applicable), phone number, email address, and a short sentence stating your relationship to the reference. Please ensure that you have permission from the references. No need to include recommendation letters. VI. Selection procedure A local art professional, together with two TCC representatives, will review all eligible applications and decide on a short list of 8 to 10. Triangle Arts Association will review the finalists’ applications and select the winner of the residency grant. Video interviews may be arranged if necessary. The result will be announced in late January, 2019.   VII. Fees, stipends, and funding for the residency   Residency fee: The monthly residency fee for the artist-in-residence will be paid to Triangle Arts Association by the TCC. Travel expenses and arrangements: The residency grant convers round trip air tickets between where the grantee is based and New York with a cap of $1700. In the event that an artist collective is selected, the collective is responsible for other members’ travel expenses. Living stipend: A monthly stipend of $2000 is provided to the grantee. Project fee: A total of $1,000 is provided to the grantee. Visa: The grant convers one person’s visa application fee. Travel accident insurance cost: The grant covers the cost of one person’s travel accident plan with a maximum protection of NTD 4 million. VIII. Others   A written agreement will be made between the grantee and TCC, specifying the conditions of the residency. TCC and Triangle Arts Association will assist the grantee with their visa application. The grantee is responsible for travel and insurance arrangements, as well as for accommodation during the residency in New York. The grantee should submit a residency report detailing the development of the proposed project, major activities during the residency, as well as overall reflections and opinions/suggestions within one month of the residency (June 30, 2019). In the event that the grantee has to leave the residency for more than 7 days or drop out from the residency, the grantee should inform the TCC and Triangle Arts Association in advance and obtain TCC’s written consent, or risk cancelation of the residency.   Please note that the English version is a translation of the Mandarin guidelines. The Mandarin version shall prevail in case of discrepancies. Artist Residency at Triangle Arts Association 2019 Contact: ellenko@moc.gov.tw  Online Application: https://event.culture.tw/MOC/portal/Registration/ Taipei Cultural Center in New York: https://ny.us.taiwan.culture.tw/ Triangle Arts Association: http://www.triangle-arts-association.org/residency 
2018
12/02
Spanish samples of Taiwan publications at Guadalajara fair
Date:2018/11/24~2018/12/02 PrintFBgoogle plustwitteremail     The Ministry of Culture and the Taipei International Book Exhibition Foundation have teamed up to offer translated Spanish samples of Taiwanese publications at the upcoming Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico.   To help introduce Taiwan authors and illustrators to an estimated 437 million Spanish speakers around the world, the Taiwan pavilion will offer 41 titles that are either already available in Spanish, have licensing agreements with publishing houses in Spanish-speaking regions, or are presented with sample translations in Spanish.   Of these 41 titles, 10 are picture books specially selected by Quetzal León, artistic director of the Mexican branch of Spanish publishing house SM Foundation. Featured author Lee Chin-lun's "Spit the Seeds," about a young piglet worried about the possibility of swallowed fruit pits sprouting inside his body, is included on his recommended list.   Lee, a 25-year veteran of illustrating picture books and an aficionado of furry household companions, will join Taiwanese graphic artist 61Chi to hold autographing and sketching sessions at the Taiwan pavilion in Guadalajara. Lee has also been invited to participate in an international panel featuring Argentinian, Mexican, and Spanish illustrators at the book fair.   The pavilion itself will offer eight curated sections devoted to Taiwan's culture, recommended illustrators, children's books, comics and graphic novels, Spanish samples of Taiwan literature, copyright and licensing opportunities, Taiwanese publishing companies, and digital publications.   Representing 55 publishing houses and 462 publications from Taiwan, the pavilion will host an opening reception on the eve of Nov. 27 to welcome heavyweight editors and publishers from Spanish-speaking regions and introduce them to the wonderful world of Taiwan literature.   2018 marks the sixth year that Taiwan will be participating in the Guadalajara International Book Fair. To deepen Taiwan’s exchanges with Spanish and Portuguese speakers, the Ministry of Culture is offering both a grants program for cultural exchanges with Latin American and Caribbean regions, and a translation stipend for making Taiwan literature more accessible to Spanish and Portuguese readers.   Taiwan Pavilion @ Guadalajara 2018 Date: Nov. 24 – Dec. 2, 2018 Booth: #13, International Hall II Recommended Titles: EN/ES Booklet
2018
11/19
Two Taiwan films shortlisted for NETPAC Award in Kauai, Hawaii
Two Taiwan-made films have been shortlisted for the NETPAC Award for Best Asia-Pacific Film —which boosted the early careers of Wan Jen (萬仁), Tsai Ming-liang (蔡明亮), and Doze Niu (鈕承澤) — at the 38th Hawaii International Film Festival running from Nov. 9 through 16 on Kauai. A throwback to the classic gangster genre, "GATAO: Rise of the King (只有大海知道)" packs a punch from start to finish. When a former brother of gang boss Ren returns to the streets of Taipei, he has a new money-making scheme that doesn't sit well with Ren or the old guards, setting the stage for an all-out war. nspired by the personal experiences of director Heather Tsui (崔永徽) and her involvement with the Tao (Yami) people of Orchid Island, "Long Time No Sea (只有大海知道)" explores themes of indigenous identity and family traditions. A pair of new shoes and a cross-sea competition are interwoven with a story of a child's emotional courage in pursuit of dreams.   Founded in 1990 by Cinemaya and UNESCO, the Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema (NETPAC) is an international nonprofit organization that presents the prestigious NETPAC Award at international film festivals in Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Rotterdam, Busan, Singapore, Taipei, Yamagata, Amiens, and Hawaii. The Hawaii circuit will announce its award winner on Nov. 16.   In addition to "GATAO: Rise of the King" and "Long Time No Sea," another Taiwanese feature film and two shorts will be screened in Kauai under the film festival's "Spotlight on Taiwan" segment. "The Rope Curse (粽邪)" begins with two unsuspecting filmmakers who travel to a small fishing village to live stream a mythical ceremony as means to boost their social media following. The horror film will enjoy its world premiere at the Hawaii International Film Festival.   "Floating Weeds (浮草)" details a growing friendship that engulfs the generational gap between a young man and a fishing elder, while "Tea Land (高山上的茶園)" examines the choices faced by five migrant works from Southeast Asia who are working illegally on a mountain tea farm in Taiwan.   "Spotlight on Taiwan" is an annual HFF section that presents the very best of Taiwanese cinema to showcase what makes the island nation one of the most unique countries in Asia. Supported by the   Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles.     ‘Spotlight on Taiwan’ @ HIFF Date: Nov. 9 – 16, 2018 Subtitles: English subtitles provided Site: https://www.hiff.org/films-and-events-fall-2018#section/spotlight-on-taiwan
2018
11/03
Tapir-themed exhibition in NYC to explore colonial powers in Asia
Date:2018/10/30~2019/01/25   Taiwan artist Hsu Chia-wei (許家維), who creates stunning videos and installations to depict stories not found in official Asian histories, will hold a solo exhibition in New York that is dedicated to the elusive Malayan tapir.   Through evocative storytelling, Hsu cuts across time and geography to narrate the history of the Malayan odd-toed ungulate and its relations to colonial powers and zoos in Southeast Asia. The 35-year-old intends to use an encyclopedic narrative style to frame issues of equality between people and non-humans, or mankind versus nature, and explore changes in the way contemporary viewers now perceive visual imagery.   "Black and White — Malayan Tapir" is composed of a synchronized, four-channel LED-screen installation that switches from the National Gallery Singapore, National History Museum, and Singapore Zoo, to search engines and multiple computer monitors. Visitors will be greeted by a zoo tour guide recounting the first documentation of the species by a 19th-century Chinese painter upon the request of William Farquhar, a commander of the British East India Company.   The claim was contested by Farquhar's boss, Stamford Raffles, who also purported to be the first to discover the animal. Due to rapid development of the natural sciences during colonial expansion, the naming and documentation of newly discovered animals and plants became a competitive field. Accordingly, conflict is entwined with the history and legend of the Malayan tapir, now an endangered species.   With support from the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, "Black and White — Malayan Tapir" will take place at ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program), a comprehensive international visual arts residency program in New York that ranks fourth largest in the world.   Two of Hsu's works — "Huai Mo Village" and "Ruins of the Intelligence Bureau" — will also be screened on Nov. 1 at the Asia Art Archive in America. The Brooklyn event will include a conversation between the artist and curator Christopher Phillips.   Taipei-born artist Hsu holds a deep interest in untold histories and frequently produces works that focus on the Asian side of the Cold War. His films and installations weave together reality and myth to uncover the path from the past to the present.   ‘Black and White — Malayan Tapir’ Date: Oct. 30, 2018 – Jan. 25, 2019 Venue: International Studio & Curatorial Program Address: 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 Site: https://iscp-nyc.org/event/chia-wei-hsu-black-and-white-malayan-tapir PrintFBgoogle plustwitteremail