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Old is New: Taiwanese Artist Cheng Tsung Feng’s Work on Display at LongHouse Reserve
2022/06/27
Taipei Cultural Center in New York is pleased to announce that contemporary Taiwanese artist Cheng Tsung Feng’s (范承宗) large scale installation, “Fish Trap House VI East Hampton,” will be on display in July at LongHouse Reserve. Feng’s work marks the first time that LongHouse Reserve has collaborated with a Taiwanese artist since its founding in 1991.

In Fish Trap House VI, the artist continues a series of works that are never-before-seen in America, debuting at a venue perfectly suited for a broader audience. His fish trap is based on the Taiwanese traditional fishing tool, and it pays homage to ancient hunting and fishing traditions. Feng learned the methods for making a traditional fish trap from an elder of the indigenous Thao tribe. Then, he applied these techniques to the creation of his art installation.

Fish Trap House VI will invite visitors to a tranquil experience at an enchanting spot to gaze at the gardens, be in nature, and join a global community. At LongHouse, several species of bamboo grow naturally, providing color, sound, and texture that are both transformative and restorative. The bamboo at LongHouse prevents soil erosion and removes large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, providing a healthy space, further enhanced by the beautiful scenery surrounding it.

Feng’s piece is made out of the very material that grows in abundance at LongHouse. The set-up will provide a place that all can enter for music, dance, and ceremonies throughout the season. His piece will be permanent, presented this summer then preserved over time for years to come.

About the artist, Cheng Tsung Feng:
Cheng Tsung Feng is a Taiwanese artist with an old soul and a fascination for exploring the time-honored wisdom hidden in traditional utensils. He is devoted to preserving these intangible assets and applies methods from traditional artifacts to create large-scale installations, bringing brilliant ancient wisdom to life through the objects involved. He has created pieces for Hermes, Aesop, Nike, Loewe, Apple, Ritz-Carlton, Kvadrat, Eslite, and other international brands.

To Learn More about Cheng Tsung Feng, visit HERE 

About the Longhouse Reserve and its founder, Jack Lenor Larsen:
Jack Lenor Larsen (1927-2020), a globally recognized textile designer and weaver, was one of the world’s foremost advocates of both traditional and contemporary crafts. During his travels around the world, Jack was inspired by local materials, traditions, and history, often referencing these sources when designing his textile patterns.

The 16-acre LongHouse Reserve was created in 1991 with the mission of exemplifying living with art in all forms. Through a program titled Art in the Garden, guided by a professional staff, devoted board, and expert Art Committee, LongHouse blends art and nature with the belief that the arts are central to experiencing life to the fullest. The artists whose works are on display are deeply engaged in the natural world and human life, creating a sanctuary for learning and contemplation.

The Fish Trap House VI East Hampton is organized by LongHouse Reserve and supported by Taipei Cultural Center in New York.

Exhibition:
《Fish Trap House VI East Hampton》
Venue:
Longhouse Reserve
(133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton, NY 11937)
https://longhouse.org/

Image courtesy of the artist
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2023-2025 ISPA’s Taiwan Fellowship Program - Call for Applications
2022/06/20
Taipei Cultural Center in New York is delighted to collaborate with International Society for the Performing Arts to launch 2023-2025 ISPA’s Taiwan Fellowship Program! Applications are being accepted now through Friday, July 15, 2022 at 17:00 EDT (New York).


About the Program

The Taiwan Fellowship provides three-year access to ISPA’s extensive international network of arts professionals to two (2) mid-career leaders from Taiwan’s performing arts community. Participants join the ISPA membership and attend the 2023, 2024, and 2025 New York ISPA Congresses where they engage in the development and exchange of ideas with leaders from some of the world's most significant presenting organizations, performing arts organizations, artist management agencies, cultural policy groups, foundations, festivals, and related professionals.

Who We're Looking For

Mid-career leaders who are deeply committed to increasing the global connectivity of the industry and interested in developing their career through an extended engagement with ISPA. Applicants must:
• Be a permanent resident or citizen of Taiwan
• Currently working in the performing arts in Taiwan
• Minimum of five years professional experience in the performing arts
• Have the ability to attend and fully participate in ISPA for the next three years
• Have a strong working knowledge of English (must provide scores of a proficiency test such as TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Assessment, TOEIC, GEPT; or proof of completion of a bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, or professional degree at an accredited college or university where English is the only language of instruction)

Learn More and Apply

https://www.ispa.org/page/fellowship_landing

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New York New Yorker: Wu Chien-Hsing’s Solo Exhibition
2022/06/13
Artist Wu Chien-Hsing, who is completing his residency in New York, collaborated with curator Chou Pin-Hsin to showcase Wu’s “New York New Yorker” painting series from June 16-19. Wu and Chou worked with shops in Dumbo to exhibit artworks painted using motor oil on their windows. The series conveyed Wu’s commitment to his concept of “Creating on the street, presenting on the street.”

Wu chose to present the streets of New York in the form of a painting, and street views were reconstructed according to Wu’s personal observations and aesthetics. In particular, he wished to make the artwork blend in with the neighborhood rather than a more traditional setting. The art was therefore seen at locations such as RAPT STUDIO, Ornar, 68 Jay Street Bar, Thea Grant, EdBesong, and Wicked Scents Dumbo.

During his residency at the Triangle Arts Association, Wu has been using motor oil as art material to finish one of his projects in New York. Motor oil not only showcases unique textures and strokes but also fades as time goes on, resulting in an evolving final product in which only the scent of oil will eventually remain.

Wu’s earliest motor oil portraits were developed from family photos to depict his own family. As the artist accumulated more life experiences, including his time in New York, his work gradually incorporated a wider array of subjects from different corners of the world. Wu’s latest series, New York New Yorker, is a result of his observations of the streets of New York, as his depictions present a glimpse into the nature of urban sights. Wu’s work causes the audience to ponder connections between people and their environment, capturing a feeling of serendipity while showing the diversity and charisma of New York.
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Violinist Richard Lin’s Carnegie Hall Recital Debut to Take Place on June 24
2022/05/31
Taiwanese American Violinist Richard Lin, Gold Medalist of the 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis 2018, will have his Carnegie Hall recital debut on June 24 at 8 pm. The competition, which initially took place in September 2018, offered the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall. Next month, Richard Lin will finally get to debut on the grand stage following two postponements due to the pandemic.

Lin, who is 30 years old, was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Taiwan. He began learning how to play the violin at the age of four and had his public debut at the age of 11, performing the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. Lin graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and Lewis Kaplan respectively.

At an early age, Lin had already amassed a collection of top prizes at major international competitions, including 1st Prize at the Sendai International Violin Competition, 3rd Prize in the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, and 2nd Prize at the Singapore and Michael Hill International Violin competitions. As a result, he quickly built a reputation as one of the new generation’s most promising and gifted young violists.

However, Lin faced a major setback in 2017, when a bus crash nearly left him paralyzed while he was touring in China. Despite the initial effects of the accident, his dreams were not derailed. Instead, the time without practicing reminded him of his passion for music. One year later, Lin won the gold medal at the 2018 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis — one of the most prestigious contests of its kind.

In 2020, Lin was selected by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) for a three-season residency. When the pandemic subsequently shut down almost all the performing arts venues in the United States, Lin returned to Taiwan, one of a few places where he would still be able to perform at in-person concerts and events. During his stay in Taiwan, Lin collaborated with Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra, and he even joined the faculty of the National Taipei University of Education, becoming the youngest professor to teach violin at the school.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.carnegiehall.org/calendar/2022/06/24/richard-lin-violin-thomas-hoppe-piano-0800pm.

Photo credit: Te-Fan Wang

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Check Out “Islanders: Compound Playground,” a Taiwanese-themed Live Art Show in LIC
2022/05/28
A group of young Taiwanese artists will bring a Taiwanese-themed live art experience titled “Islanders: Compound Playground” to New Yorkers on June 17-18 in Long Island City. This program combines music, dance, film, and an interactive audio-visual experience, and authentic Taiwanese street food will also be served on-site. The audience is sure to enjoy the festive vibe as well as the beauty of Taiwanese culture.

“Islanders: Compound Playground” is produced by New York-based choreographer Chieh Hsiung and violinist Yu-Wei Hsiao, who met during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. While it seems unlikely for them to work together, as one is a choreographer and the other is a violinist, their partnership originated out of a shared passion for interdisciplinary learning and collaboration. This unique combination allowed them to be selected by Cultural Lab LIC as the artist-in-residence in February 2022, which is when “Islanders: Compound Playground” was born.

The program is a three-part live art experience, comprised of a sound installation, “My Childhood Home”; a film, “1991”; and a musical dance performance titled “Compound Playground.”

“My Childhood Home” was created by Tony Yang, a musical arranger, composer, and sound designer. The work portrays what multinationals like him may have gone through while growing up and living in different countries and cultures. The sound textures and non-conformist musical phrasing express confusion over self-identity, a result of moving back and forth between two different worlds.

“1991” is directed and produced by Grant Hao-Wei Lin, a multidisciplinary visual artist and filmmaker. This 15-minute short film involves the topics of homosexuality, religion, intimacy, and institutionalized oppression, which were inspired by Lin’s personal history of being an LGBTQ+, immigrant, and Asian artist living in the United States.

“Compound Playground” is a project focusing on merging old-school elements with modern cultures, featuring Chieh Hsiung, Yu-Wei Hsiao, actor Leo Yu-Ning Chang, and pianist Sobina Chi Kanter. In this performance, Hsiung not only introduces Taiwanese folk dances, but also uses them to make connections with modern dance, contemporary dance, street dance, and ballroom dance. In Hsiao’s musical arrangement, he rearranges Taiwanese folk songs, such as “Loving the Year Round,” “The Torment of a Flower,” and “On a Rainy Night in a Harbor City,” using Classical, Jazz, and neo-soul styles.

Islanders: Compound Playground

Artistic Director| Chieh Hsiung, Yu-Wei Hsiao
Dance Director|Chieh Hsiung
Music Director| Yu-Wei Hsiao
Music Arranger|Yu-Wei Hsiao, Sobina Chi Kanter, Oscar Chang
Photographer|Pratya Jankong
Graphic Designer|Amp Suwan
Lighting Designer|Po-Yang Sung
Publicity Director| Yen-Yuan Chang

Date and Time: June 17, 7:30pm / June 18, 3:30pm

Location:

Culture Lab LIC at The Plaxall Gallery (5-25 46th Avenue, Queens, NY 11101)

For more information and to purchase tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/islanders--tickets-340745528047?fbclid=IwAR01AlUwWezl32fuCTgcpHtmjGnmy2PyTbESI_ySkmOA8QuOEOUoTTu4xXU

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LIMBOTOPIA XR Exhibition to Premiere  at Tribeca Film Festival 2022 from June 10-19
2022/05/27

The virtual reality exhibition LIMBOTOPIA, which was created by the independent Taiwanese VR artists Wen-Yee Hsieh(謝文毅) and Chun-Lien Cheng (鄭鈞聯), will make its North American premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival from June 10-19.

LIMBOTOPIA is a surrealist animated VR film from first-time Taiwanese director Wen-Yee Hsieh. Based on a unique architectural design, the experience takes you on a dream-like journey through a mysterious city. When a real location in Taiwan disappears due to the environmental crisis, the physical city reemerges on the other side.

Hsieh stated that “It may seem that I am unusual to others for becoming a VR developer as an architecture student,” but his academic background was instrumental in directing the film. Hsieh became a self-taught expert in order to create his own world, guided by his enthusiasm for filmmaking and knowledge of architectural blueprints and models.

The exhibition will be featured at NEW VOICES: extended reality (XR) during the Tribeca Immersive program, which showcases cutting-edge virtual, augmented, and mixed reality experiences by top artists. These artists use technology to push the boundaries of storytelling through impactful and emotionally engaging stories.

Tribeca’s free outdoor screenings will take place at the newly opened rooftop park Pier 57 and Brookfield Place from June 8-19, featuring films across a wide variety of genres and themes, including Juneteenth, the LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities, the environment, and music. The programming also includes family-friendly films for audiences of all ages. For the full lineup, please visit: https://www.tribecafilm.com/festival?filteron=1&sections[]=118.

Programs scheduled to take place in June include conversations between many of the world’s most famous actors, performers, musicians, and entertainers. Guests include Taylor Swift, Seth Meyers, Robert De Niro, Ewan McGregor, and Tyler Perry. The festival also launched a digital platform, Tribeca at Home, to offer a selection of films that are exclusively available online.

LIMBOTOPIA Exhibition Information: 

At Home

All the demos featured during the festival will only be accessible using the Parsec App.
To purchase tickets, please visit: https://tribecafilm.com/immersive-selections?active-tab=in-person#booking
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Taiwanese theater troupe selected to pitch its new work at 2022 ISPA mid-year congress
2022/05/23
Taiwanese theater troupe "Shakespeare's Wild Sisters Group (莎士比亞的妹妹們的劇團)" will present its latest modern play "Artificial Hells (神話學II:人造地獄)" at this year’s International Society for the Performing Arts' (ISPA) flagship program "Pitch New Works."

ISPA organizes two congresses yearly, one in New York which is held at the beginning of the year, and the other will be held in another city. Twice a year, ISPA holds a public call for applications from which ten submissions are selected to be presented at the following ISPA congress. In view of the current pandemic situation, the Hong Kong 2022 ISPA Congress will be conducted in virtual mode from May 24 through 27.

The troupe will introduce their new work to the curators of global performing arts organizations through an online presentation on May 25 and 26 (Eastern Time), along with nine other teams from Hong Kong, China, the UK, New Zealand, among others.

Commissioned by the National Theater and Concert Hall and directed by Baboo Liao (廖俊逞), "Artificial Hells" is a combination of virtual and in-person performances that explores the new normal of live performances after the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the second installation of the "Asian modern mythology trilogy (亞洲現代神話學)" following their 2019 production "Mythology Upon the Table (餐桌上的神話學)."

Shakespeare's Wild Sisters Group (SWSG) was founded in 1995 by Wei Ying-chuan (魏瑛娟). Limiting itself to no specific issues or conventional aesthetics, SWSG takes materials from all arts inspiring to create original theatrical works. Having been to Hong Kong, Macau, Beijing, Shanghai, Busan, Tokyo, Berlin, Singapore, Kobe, Paris, and New York, SWSG has been invited by various cities and countries to perform, and takes an important role in international city culture and artistic exchange for many years.

(Photo Credit: Shakespeare's Wild Sisters Group)
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