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New art-and-technology platform to debut in Taiwan, inviting student artists to participate
2022/05/06
In a special partnership made possible by Taipei Cultural Center in New York, American arts organization Rhizome and Digital Art Center Taipei (DAC) have teamed up to debut a new art-and-technology collaboration platform, 7000x7000.tw.

This platform is open to students in Taiwan colleges and universities who have a focus on art and technology. Participants will work in pairs on an assignment themed "Make Something New, Together" and begin a seven-day collaboration, which culminates in the development of a short proposal. Successful proposals will be given further resources and the opportunity to develop projects further with guidance from DAC and Rhizome curators. Ultimately, the curatorial team will select seven groups of winners. They will receive a project execution fee of US$1,000 and have the opportunity to publish and exhibit their works in the future.

7000x7000.tw is an extension of the long-running 7x7 (seven on seven) program. Established in 2010, 7x7 gathers influential figures in art and technology for in-depth discussion and creative collaboration. After working together, they share what they’ve made—a prototype, a sketch, an artwork—as part of a day-long conference.

Previously, 7x7 was held in London, Beijing, and Norway. The participants were pioneering representatives in various fields, including Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, Tumblr founder David Karp, and artist Ai Weiwei. In 2020, Taiwanese artist Cheang Shu-lea (鄭淑麗) and Taiwan's Digital Minister Audrey Tang (唐鳳) were invited to attend the 7x7 event in Norway.

Founded in 1996, Rhizome is the leading art organization dedicated to born-digital art and culture. Since 2003, it has become an affiliate in residence at the New Museum in New York City. In 2019, MOC invited Art Director Michael Conner to visit Taiwan. During his visit, he was amazed by the innovative energy of Taiwan's technology and art and decided to introduce the 7x7 program to Taiwan, which contributed to the generation of the 7000x7000 project.

Full information of 7000x7000 project can be found from Digital Art Center Taipei HERE

Direct entry to register for the 7000x7000 project, please click HERE.
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Taiwanese film and documentaries won three awards at New York Festivals TV & Film Awards
2022/05/03
2022 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards were announced on Apr. 26, Solo Dance (獨舞者的樂章), directed by Lee Li-shao (李立劭) won the gold medal in the arts category; The Child of Light (光的孩子) by Herb Hsu (徐麗雯) and In Search of Rice Huller (礱之旅) by Wu Wen-rui (吳文睿) received bronze medals in feature films and cultural issues category, respectively.

In his speech, Lee Li-shao revealed that "Solo Dance" is a lost history of dance in Taiwan. The film has uncommon meaning to him and his mother, Lin Ssu-tuan (林絲緞). His mother is very happy about meeting her friends in New York by this film. Her beautiful memories from her youth in NewYork flood back. He hopes everyone enjoy the movie.

For a documentary that introduces the history of the rice hulling industry in Taiwan winning prestigious award, Wu Wen-rui thanked the team for their work in his video speech. Another winner, The Child of Light had bagged several awards in Asia including Golden Bell Awards, now director Herb Hsu has added another honour to her trophy cabinet. She and producer Che-Lung Chang(張哲龍) said they always believe that both light and dark are parts of human nature, therefore, they will embrace both with open mind, and live with god.

The entries that were selected as finalists were "Gold Leaf (茶金)," "The Catch (捕鰻的人)," "Island of Mountains: Believe it or not. This is Taiwan (群山之島與不去會死的他們)," "A Quest for the Everlasting Bloom (藝術很有事-追尋不朽的青春)" and "Aqua Challenge (決戰水下伸展台)."

According to the official website, the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards was established in 1957. The awards honor the best in news, sports, documentary, information, entertainment programs, and more. Film and television entries from 42 countries were judged online by the grand jury of more than 200 producers, directors, writers, and other creative media professionals from around the globe. For full list of Taiwan entries, please visit: https://tvfilm.newyorkfestivals.com/winners/List/15f56661-a78c-49b2-9e44-d006510609b9

Winners Gallery:
🎞SOLO DANCE: https://tvfilm.newyorkfestivals.com/Winners/WinnerDetailsNew/98af3ad2-11b1-44f3-8c9e-81c3d080ae65
🎞IN SEARCH OF RICE HULLER: https://tvfilm.newyorkfestivals.com/Winners/WinnerDetailsNew/fedac7ec-1954-484b-a499-8d8016cba7d6
🎞THE CHILD OF LIGHT: https://tvfilm.newyorkfestivals.com/Winners/WinnerDetailsNew/3e3e9b5f-bd76-43dd-abcc-cc27adf497dd

(Cover photo: "Solo Dance"; credit: Docs at PTS)
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Spice Up Your Room for Free! Eight ‘Year of the Tiger’ Prints from Taiwan Donated to AADL’s Art Print Collection
2022/04/27
Eight prints from the 37th New Year Prints Exhibition of R.O.C. – Joyful Tiger Harvesting Happiness, organized by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA), will become part of the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL)’s art print collection and be available for all residents living within the library’s service area to check out and take home at no cost. To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Taiwanese American Heritage Week, the AADL, in collaboration with the Michigan Taiwanese American Organization, will also be hosting a series of events at its Downtown branch, including a one-month exhibition from May 1-31.

Huichun Chang, director of the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, explained that “Last October, when my colleague and I visited the Ann Arbor District Library, I was amazed at the AADL’s art print collection, which provides hundreds of pieces for its patrons to borrow for free. I thought that it could provide an excellent opportunity for us and NTMoFA to introduce some breathtaking works from the annual New Year prints exhibition to the local community. Therefore, NTMoFA donated two copies of eight separate prints to the library this year. I am very grateful to help expand the connection between Ann Arbor and Taiwan.”

On behalf of the AADL, Emily Howard from the Public Experience and Desk Service Department expressed deep gratitude, stating that “We are honored to have the prints in our collection… As part of our stewardship of these prints, we will frame all sixteen, display eight of them at our Downtown location for one month . . . publicize the collection on our website and social media, and enter them into our circulating art print collection for our patrons to enjoy.”

Since 1974, Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture has been calling for submissions for this unique and festive New Year exhibition. Because prints are easily replicable, they can reach a larger audience and bring joy to the public. Nowadays, the purpose of New Year prints has evolved from the need for scenic decoration to a demonstration of various printmaking techniques, as well as a platform for creative depictions of both traditional and contemporary culture.

According to NTMoFA, there were 198 total entries in this year’s exhibition, of which six were awarded first prizes. In addition, two artists were invited to create commissioned works: Liu Hsi-Chuan’s “Tiger with Wings” demonstrates the majestic nature of tigers and incorporates auspicious elements, while prints of Paul Chiang’s “Jinzun 21” capture the delicate use of colors and three-dimensional texture that are found in his original oil painting.

For more information, please visit the following websites:
Ann Arbor District Library: https://aadl.org/
Michigan Taiwanese American Organization: https://mitaiaa.weebly.com/
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA, 國立台灣美術館): https://www.ntmofa.gov.tw/en/
Paul Chiang (江賢二): https://www.paulchiang.org/art-center
Taiwan Society of Printmaking (中華民國版畫學會): https://www.taiwan-printmaking.org/

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Taiwanese artist Wu Chien-Hsing (吳建興) is present at Dumbo Open Studios 2022!
2022/04/21
We are very pleased to announce that Taiwanese artists Wu Chien-Hsing participates in Dumbo Open Studio this year. Please join us from April 23rd to 24th to see his works and others.

In April each year, DUMBO opens their doors to the public as a part of DUMBO Open Studios, giving visitors a look into studios and workspaces. In 2020 it did not take place due to the COVID-19. DUMBO Open Studios 2022 marks the return of the beloved in-person neighborhood-wide event. There are over 100 artists and arts organizations, including artists in residence at the Triangle Arts, Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, the New York Studio School, BRIClab, and Smack Mellon.

Wu Chien-Hsing’s practice use “domestic objects“ to inscribe the memories of his own family history interwoven with the histories of the average middle-class family in the context of Taiwan’s modernozation. Wu Chine Hsing’s practice is motivated by self-exploration and creative methods that transform personal empirical momory into a medium that transforms life experiences. Wu Chien-Hsing was born in Taiwan in 1987 and grew up in Puli of Nantou County, in central Taiwan. Wu graduated from Chinese Culture University in Taipei with a Bachelor’s degree in 2011 and then obtained his Master’s degree of Arts from Taipei National University of the Arts in 2017.

Triangle Arts is a visual arts residency in New York founded in 1982, providing a life-changing working environment for committed artist through studio-based opportunities to experiment and create new work at crucial times; cultivation of new and diverse audiences with public programs; such as open studios; and meaningful exposure to and interaction with the surrounding Brooklyn community and the wider world. Taipei Cultural Center in New York, the Ministry of Culture in Taiwan has worked with Triangle Arts since 2018 to support an Taiwanese artist to participate in the residency.

Triangle Arts

Dumbo Open Studios 2022
From April 23-24

Photo, Wu Chien-Hsing
Photo Courtesy of Wu Chien-Hsing
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Taiwanese artist Ying-Chiun Lee (李穎軍) is present at ISCP 2022 Spring Open Studios!
2022/04/21
We are very pleased to announce that Taiwanese artist Ying-Chiun Lee participated in ISCP 2022 Spring Open Studios this year. Please join us from April 22nd to 23rd to see her works and others.

Ying-Chiun Lee starts her residency program, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in March. Twice a year only, ISCP Open Studios offers the public access to private artists’ and curators’ studios to view artwork and share one-on-one conversations. Ying-Chiun Lee joins with other 38 artists and curators from 28 countries currently in residence to present their interests of research and creation.

Ying-Chiun Lee’s artwork explores the nexus of language and the erotic. Lee investigates ideas of sensuality through various imaging processes, methods of narrative, and storytelling. Her research relies on feminism theories, queer ecologies, and linguistics of Mandarin and English. Lee’s process-driven work focuses on observing the materiality of glass and using its fluidity, malleability, and translucency to celebrate the broad spectrum of genders and sexualities.

Ying-Chiun holds a BFA in Architecture at Shih Chien University and an MFA in Glass from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has received scholarships from Rochester Institute of Technology, Pilchuck Glass School, Corning Museum of Glass, and Urban Glass. Her film was selected for the 2020 GMTF film festival by Northland Creative. After graduating in fall, she participated in the 2022 winter residency at Penland School of crafts. During this residency, she utilizes the Neon shop in downtown Brooklyn and further develops in the studio of ISCP. Meanwhile, she extends her research on the rich history of Chinatown in Manhattan and the marginalization of Asian women.

Open Studios participating artists and curators: Hana Al-Saadi (Qatar), Alchemyverse – Bicheng Liang and Yixuan Shao (China/United States), James Beckett (South Africa/The Netherlands/United States), AnaMary Bilbao (Portugal/Spain), Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov (Russia), María Gabler (Chile), Ignacio González-Lang (Puerto Rico/United States), Pavlo Grazhdanskij (Ukraine), Anthony Iacono (United States), Agostino Iacurci (Italy), Saya Irie (Japan), Sydney G. James (United States), Steven Anthony Johnson II (United States), Kyoung eun Kang (South Korea/United States), Tali Keren (United States), Kubra Khademi (Afghanistan/France), Taryn Kneteman (Canada), Alice Nien-Pu Ko (Taiwan), Ying-Chiun Lee (Taiwan), Lolo y Lauti (Argentina), Tyler Los-Jones (Canada), Ana Manso (Portugal), Joiri Minaya (United States/Dominican Republic), Fatima Moallim (Sweden), Maliyamungu Muhande (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Vibe Overgaard (Denmark), Civan Özkanoğlu (Turkey/United States), Anssi Pulkkinen (Finland), Sümer Sayın (Turkey), Nina Schuiki (Austria/Germany), Skaus (Norway), Oriane Stender (United States), Joani Tremblay (Canada), and Kenji Yamada (Japan).

Founded in 1994, the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) supports the creative development of artists and curators, and promotes exchange through residencies and public programs. The Ministry of Culture in Taiwan has worked with ISCP since 2000 to participate in the program.

ISCP
2022 Spring Open Studios
Open Hours:
April 22, 6–9pm
April 23, 1–7pm
Registration is required HERE.

Photo, Ying-Chiun Lee
Photo Courtesy of Ying-Chiun Lee
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Taiwanese curator Alice Nien-Pu Ko (柯念璞) is present at ISCP 2022 Spring Open Studios!
2022/04/21
We are very pleased to announce that Taiwanese curator Alice Nien-Pu Ko participates in ISCP 2022 Spring Open Studios this year. Please join us from April 22nd to 23rd to see her works and others.

Alice Nien-Pu Ko starts her residency program, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in March. Twice a year only, ISCP Open Studios offers the public access to private artists’ and curators’ studios to view artwork and share one-on-one conversations. Alice, Nien-Pu Ko joins with other 38 artists and curators from 28 countries currently in residence to present their interests of research and creation.

Alice Nien-Pu Ko has worked as a curator on contemporary art, film, video, sound and interdisciplinary projects. Her research and curatorial practices focus on exploring moments of artistic imagination, archival mediation, and diasporic intelligence within the arena of international relations. At Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, where she has co-curated and curated local and international projects included Tony Oursler: Black Box (2021), SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now (2019), Tomb of the Soul, Temple, Machine and Self (2018). She develops the collections and artistic dialogues locally and internationally to reflect the different elements of art history and culture from 20 century to now and explores its evolution and contemporary practices. Ko received a nomination for the 17th Taishin Arts Award for curating the exhibition from KMFA’s permanent collection.

She worked with art institutions and museums including Tokyo Wonder Site, Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture and etc. Selected exhibition included Flags, Transnational–Migrants and Outlaw Territories (Tokyo Wonder Site, 2016), Beyond the Borderline–Exiles from the Native Land (Howl Art Space, 2015), Reverse Niche–Dialogue and Rebuilding at the City’s Edge (Hong-Gah Museum, 2013). She has been invited to present her works at the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society Conference (Seoul, 2017) and The 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars,ICAS (Amsterdam, 2019), amongst others.

Open Studios participating artists and curators: Hana Al-Saadi (Qatar), Alchemyverse – Bicheng Liang and Yixuan Shao (China/United States), James Beckett (South Africa/The Netherlands/United States), AnaMary Bilbao (Portugal/Spain), Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov (Russia), María Gabler (Chile), Ignacio González-Lang (Puerto Rico/United States), Pavlo Grazhdanskij (Ukraine), Anthony Iacono (United States), Agostino Iacurci (Italy), Saya Irie (Japan), Sydney G. James (United States), Steven Anthony Johnson II (United States), Kyoung eun Kang (South Korea/United States), Tali Keren (United States), Kubra Khademi (Afghanistan/France), Taryn Kneteman (Canada), Alice Nien-Pu Ko (Taiwan), Ying-Chiun Lee (Taiwan), Lolo y Lauti (Argentina), Tyler Los-Jones (Canada), Ana Manso (Portugal), Joiri Minaya (United States/Dominican Republic), Fatima Moallim (Sweden), Maliyamungu Muhande (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Vibe Overgaard (Denmark), Civan Özkanoğlu (Turkey/United States), Anssi Pulkkinen (Finland), Sümer Sayın (Turkey), Nina Schuiki (Austria/Germany), Skaus (Norway), Oriane Stender (United States), Joani Tremblay (Canada), and Kenji Yamada (Japan).

Founded in 1994, the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) supports the creative development of artists and curators, and promotes exchange through residencies and public programs. Taipei Cultural Center in New York, the Ministry of Culture in Taiwan has worked with ISCP since 2000 to participate in the program.

ISCP
2022 Spring Open Studios
Open Hours:
April 22, 6–9pm
April 23, 1–7pm
Registration is required HERE.

Photo, Alice Nien-Pu Ko
Photo Courtesy of Alice Nien-Pu Ko
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Artist Hsieh Tehching's works to be exhibited in Finland
2022/04/16
Supported by the Ministry of Culture, "One Year Performance 1981-1982" by Taiwanese-American artist Hsieh Tehching (謝德慶) will be shown at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki from April 8 through Oct. 16, as part of the quinquennial ARS22 exhibition program. This is the first time Hsieh's work has been exhibited in Finland, and he is also the first artist from Taiwan to be invited to participate in this iconic Scandinavian contemporary arts festival.

"One Year Performance 1981-1982 (Outdoors)," is a record of Hsieh's year-long experience living on the streets of New York. The exhibition includes documentary film, photographs, hand-drawn maps by the artist, and manifestos shot with a Super 8 camera. Born in Pingtung County on Dec. 31, 1950, Hsieh became an early pioneer of performance art in Taiwan before embarking on a new life in New York in the early 1970s. After many years toiling in obscurity as an illegal immigrant and outsider in New York's art scene, he is now cited as a major influence by performance artists worldwide. Since 2008, Hsieh's work has received much in the way of international attention, including the United States Artists fellowship, and invitations to exhibit at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, São Paulo Biennial in Brazil, Liverpool Biennial in the UK and the Taiwan pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.

ARS22 is the first exhibition held at Kiasma in two years, after the pandemic and major renovation work led to the temporary closure of the museum. Under the curation of director Leevi Haapala and chief curator João Laia, ARS22 brings together contemporary art from Finland as well as more than 50 countries around the globe. Hsieh's "One Year Performance 1981-1982" takes its place in this exhibition as a landmark piece of performance artwork, still cited as an influence today by many contemporary artists, pointed out by the curating team.

Tehching Hsieh (b. 1950, Nan-Chou, Taiwan; lives in Brooklyn); One Year Performance 1981–1982, Daily Image ; 1982; © Tehching Hsieh 1982; image courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
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