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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        
2018
10/22
Quartet to tour Germany with Taiwanese-Hungarian folk repertoire
Date:2018/10/14~2018/10/21 PrintFBgoogle plustwitteremail     Taiwanese-American string ensemble Formosa Quartet will embark on a tour of Germany this fall and offer four folk music concerts in Munich, Nurnberg, Bremen, and Berlin from Oct. 14 through 21.   Hailed as "spellbinding" by the BBC Music Magazine and "remarkably fine" by Gramophone magazine, Formosa Quartet is deeply committed to championing Taiwanese music and promoting the arts in the land of its heritage, as well as exploring diverse and adventurous mediums for string quartet.   Formed in 2002 when the four founding members came together for a concert tour of Taiwan, Formosa Quartet plays a leading role in actively commissioning new works that contribute to the modern string quartet repertory and increase the visibility of Taiwanese and Taiwanese-American composers.   The troupe also established the annual Formosa Chamber Music Festival (FCMF) in Hualien in 2013 to bring high-level chamber music training to talented young musicians in Taiwan. The two-week festival takes place every August and is open to applicants of all nationalities from the ages of 13 through 27.   Members Jasmine Lin, Wayne Lee, Che-Yen Chen, and Deborah Pae are talented soloists in their own rights who believe in celebrating the "roundness" of cultural and geographical diversity. For the upcoming Germany tour, the quartet plans to pay tribute to the late ethnomusicologist Béla Bartók, one of the most important composers of the 20th century.   Their folk music repertoire, titled "From Hungary to Taiwan," refers to Bartók’s Hungarian roots and highlights the indigenous heritage of Taiwan. "Bunan Prayer Song," for example, is sung in an eight-part polyphony by the Bunun people as a prayer for a rewarding millet harvest.   Ticketing information and more on the Formosa Quartet's German debut can be found here, here, and here.  
2018
10/07
Taiwan pavilion to highlight ‘openness’ at Frankfurt Book Fair
Date:2018/10/10~2018/10/14 PrintFBgoogle plustwitteremail     Taiwan will showcase its emphasis on the values of openness, freedom, and diversity through a wide range of literary works at the Frankfurt Book Fair through a special pavilion running from Oct. 10 through 14 at Hall 4.0 of Messe Frankfurt.    Under the banner "Open Taiwan," the pavilion will feature two recommended authors and showcase a total of 115 publishers as well as 934 print and digital publications this year.   Chi Ta-wei (紀大偉) ― an award-winning novelist, scholar, and translator who explores the topics of feminism, LGBTQ+, postmodernism, and fantasy ― will showcase his latest work "A Queer Invention in Taiwan: A History of Tongzhi Literature (同志文學史:台灣的發明)," which reviews Taiwan history dating from the 1950s to the early 21st century from the perspective of queer literature.   Lin Yu-li (林育立), who works as a foreign correspondent stationed in Berlin for Taiwan's Central News Agency, will reframe German contemporary history from a Taiwanese perspective through his book titled "Heart of Europe: How Germany Is Transforming (Die Macht in der Mitte Europas : Wie sich Deutschland neu erfindet)."   The book consolidates Lin's decades-long experience of living and working in Germany since 1998, offering his observations on German development in different eras from a Taiwan-born journalist's perspective, including the impact of post-World War II, eastern and western blocs, and reunification and the aftermath.   Emblazed with a stylized image of Taiwan by prominent designer Lin Pang-soong (林磐聳), this year's pavilion will offer a new section titled "Formosan Depictions" to introduce books on Taiwan culture. Some highlights include a collaborative work between pastry enthusiasts and a publishing house that presents Taiwan's folk festivals and traditional desserts, and a photography volume that showcases the landscapes and hospitality of southern Taiwan from the lens of an American reverend.   The "Exhibitors" section will include the "Guide to Creating Pop-up Books (立體書創作手冊)" by master paper-cutting artist Hung Hsin-fu (洪新富). Having taken six years to complete, the book offers a comprehensive and systematic guide for readers to create their own original pop-up books.     The "Digital Publications" section will include a selection of educational interactive robots co-created by AMPUS Technology Co., Ltd (安譜國際股份有限公司) and Reading & Rhythm Co., Ltd (英閱音躍研創) to show the innovative progress of interdisciplinary projects combining publishing with the sciences.   Additional matchmaking events will also be held to offer a platform for Taiwan's licensing professionals to promote their Taiwanese clients to publishing representatives from Argentina, Germany, Indonesia, and Mexico.   Through participation in the world's largest book fair, the Ministry of Culture hopes to promote Taiwan's cultural brands and values and deepen the nation's global partnerships through publishing and reading.
2018
09/23
Taiwan-Japan chamber music concerts slated for New York, DC
Date:2018/09/26~2018/09/28                                                       A chamber music collaboration between star Taiwanese and Japanese musicians will be presented at New York's Kaufman Music Center on Sept. 26, and at Washington, DC's Evermay Concert Series at the Ryuji Ueno Foundation on Sept. 28.   Co-organized by the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Ryuji Ueno Foundation, and New Asia Chamber Music Society, the first half of the "Japan x Taiwan: Friends of Music Concert" will showcase compositions from both countries, plus other significant classical chamber music works. The second half of the program will bring the musicians together to re-interpret the late French romantic composer Ernest Chausson's famed "Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet," Op. 21.   ‘Japan x Taiwan: Friends of Music Concert’   Artists Nan-Cheng Chen, cello Wei-Yang Andy Lin, viola Ko Sugiyama, violin Ryo Yanagitani, piano Daisuke Yamamoto, violin and others TBD   Sept. 26 Concert Location: Kaufman Music Center Venue: Merkin Hall Time: 7.30pm – 10pm Address: 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023 Site: http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/japan-x-taiwan-friends-of-music-concert/   Sept. 28 Concert Venue: Ryuji Ueno Foundation Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm Address: 1623 28th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20007 Site: https://runeo-org.ticketleap.com/japan-taiwan-friends-of-music-concert/details   Program Franz Schubert: String Trio in B-flat major, D.471 Tyzen Hsiao: Piano Trio, Op.58 "The Formosa" Mamiko Hirai: Magenta Stallion Commissioned by the Ryuji Ueno Foundation, US Premiere Maurice Ravel: Tzigane Ernest Chausson: Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21 PrintFBgoogle plustwitteremail  
2018
09/08
Taiwan’s indigenous heritage, craftsmanship to shine at Paris fair
Date:2018/09/07~2018/09/11 PrintFBgoogle plustwitteremail     A delegation representing ten indigenous brands will represent Taiwan at Maison & Objet Paris, the leading home décor fair open to the global interior design and lifestyle community from Sept. 7 to 11.   The Taiwan Craft & Design Pavilion marks an ongoing collaboration between the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI) and the Council of Indigenous Peoples to promote Taiwan's indigenous craftsmanship on the world stage.   The pavilion's visual design takes inspiration from textiles and traditional patterns unique to Taiwan's indigenous groups, with a crisscrossing configuration reminiscent of woven bamboo crafts. A blue-and-green color scheme was also chosen to reflect the natural beauty of Taiwan.   The delegation will include two cement-oriented brands: CELEMENT LAB (軟水泥生活實驗室), which offers furniture, stationary, and accessories using a perfect balance of silicon and cement; and Dilio (一樓設計), which offers sculpture-esque products with practical applications.   Other brands such as leather accessories startup PLEASANT (三青創意), pottery boutique Shiang Studio (享向設計), and timber crafts studio woodintothirds (木入三分) espouse minimalism and simple geometric design to highlight their exceedingly detailed craftsmanship.   Of the delegates that work with metals, GOOD GOLD (谷同金) uses its eponymous precious metal and sheet metal to create visually striking plates and kitchenware with precision welding, while PUWALU (璞瓦麓) narrates traditional Paiwan culture and mythology through handcrafted sculptures.   Traditional materials stemming from generations of indigenous ingenuity also come to play in Paterongan Art (光織屋), which weaves with tree bark, plaids with bamboo and rattan, and colors with natural dyes; and Hbun (河文), which fashions statement lamps and chandeliers out of the humble betel nut leaf.   Wrapping up the ten-strong list is Iyo Kacaw (伊祐工作室), an Amis from the northeastern coastal county of Hualien. Made from driftwood collected from the shore, his furniture passes down indigenous lore from the tribe’s collective memories and pays tribute to the sea with artistic reverence.     ‘Taiwan Crafts & Design’@ Maison & Objet Paris Date: Sept. 7 – 11, 2018 Venue: Paris Nord Villepinte – Hall 6 Taiwan Pavilion: D142, E141