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Huang Pang-Chuan’s Last Year When the Train Passed By Selected for Doc Fortnight 2019
2019/02/15

February 14, 2019 (New York, NY) –Taiwanese-born, France-based director Huang Pang-Chuan’s latest short film Last Year When the Train Passed By will be presented at Doc Fortnight 2019, The Museum of Modern Art’s 18th annual showcase of outstanding and innovative nonfiction film. The film recently was awarded the Grand Prize in this year’s Lab competition at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2019.


Last Year When the Train Passed By is a follow-up to Huang’s previous debut Return, both of which are based on his experience of traveling by train. “I’m always curious about little houses I see through the window as I pass by. The photography allows me to return to these places, and discover the stories of these peoples,” said Huang.


In his films, Huang is especially interested in the subjects of memory, voyage and film, topics that give him an immensity of themes, including nostalgia, the passing of time, and constant changes in life. Shot on super 8mm and scored by Lim Giong, who composed music for acclaimed director Hou Hsiao-hisen and Jia Zhangke, Last Year When the Train Passed By has been winning prizes on the European short festival circuit.


This film will make its North American premiere on Feb 23 and Feb 27 at MoMA’s Doc Fortnight, running from Feb 21 to 28, 2019, which will showcase more than 17 documentary films from around the world, including Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai’s Chinese Portrait. For the full lineup and schedule, visit Doc Fortnight 2019.


ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
HUANG Pang-Chuan was born in 1988 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He graduated with a degree in graphic design, and then has immersed himself in cinema since studying at Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3. He is inspired by his diverse practical experiences to create an ambiguity between documentary and fiction. All his work contains three elements: memory, voyage and traditional film technology.


FILM AND DESCRIPTION
Last Year When the Train Passed By
Directed by Huang Pang-Chuan
France / 2018 / 17 min. / In Taiwanese with English subtitles


Huang Pang-Chuan plays with the element of nostalgia that often accompanies the passing of time, revisiting places he had photographed a year earlier and asking the subjects what they were doing then.


Feb. 23, 1:15 pm at Theater 2, Department of Film, MoMA
Feb. 27, 4:30 pm at Theater 1, Department of Film, MoMA

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Taipei Cultural Center Announces Winner of 2019 Triangle Arts Association Residency Grant
2019/01/29

The Taipei Cultural Center in New York is pleased to announce that Mr. Ping Sheng WU is the winner of the three-month residency grant at New York's noted Triangle Arts Association (TAA).


During the month-long open call, a total of 21 Taiwanese artists submitted applications for this inaugural residency collaboration between TCC and Triangle. A jury formed by Alaina Claire Feldman, director of CUNY’s Sydney Mishkin Gallery, and TCC representatives convened on Jan. 11, 2019 to review the applications. A short list of five artists was decided based on the artistic quality of their work and quality of the proposed projects. Triangle then reviewed the finalists’ applications and selected Wu as the winner of the grant.


"Ping Sheng Wu’s dedication to sound and our perception of it, whether ‘natural’ or artificial, is a unique kind of aesthetic practice which isn’t often afforded generous studio time and space,” said Feldman, who had the opportunity to extensively tour and research contemporary art in Taiwan while working as the exhibition director of Independent Curators International. “Wu’s proposal specifically set out parameters for working within a New York context and researching how sound art is presented and contextualized. I believe he will take full advantage of his experience with Triangle and look forward to what comes of it,” she added.


Nova Benway, executive director of Triangle, is also excited about the new addition of Wu to the organization. “Wu’s work in sound is experimental, exploratory and rigorous. Dealing with the biggest questions—time, space, social and geographical formations, what is ‘real’ and what is ‘virtual’—he produces work in various genres, from installation to live performance to film soundtrack,” she said, noting that Triangle is pleased to support the research and presentation of Wu’s work during the three-month residency.


This residency grant is generously supported by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan). The winner is set to participate in the program March 1 through May 31, 2019.

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Kids by Liu, Kuan-Hsiang in Contemporary Dance Festival- Japan + East Asia
2018/12/29

Collaborated with Japan Society, Taipei Cultural Center in New York is proud to co-present Contemporary Dance Festival: Japan + East Asia during the NYC conference of Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) in January of 2019. Kuan-Hsiang Liu’s Studio is invited to perform the Winner of 15th Taishin Performing Arts Award (2017), KIDS, in Japan Society at 7:30pm from January 4 to 5. In addition to Kids, we are proud to present Pollen Revolution by Mitsutake Kasai, from Japan, and Silver Knife by Goblin Party, from Korea.

About Kids

Taiwanese choreographer and dancer Kuan-Hsiang LIU is a new talent on the international dance scene, whose luminous works often have autobiographical roots. Kids is a tribute to his late mother: it draws on recordings of conversations between her and Kuan-Hsiang during her last days, which touch on family memories, illusion and reality, and her impending passing. From this emerges an unorthodox and dazzling meditation on the eternal cycle of birth, life and death. Three virtuosic dancers veer from calm ritualistic movement to twisted, frantic physical extremes, yet this deliriously wild and undulating work is suffused with serenity and even joy. Kids celebrates the exuberance of life, in the face of death.

Choreographer/Dancer Kuan-Hsiang LIU

Independent choreographer Kuan-Hsiang LIU , with his great grandfather being a blind fortune teller, grandfather a jazz musician, and father a photographer, he possesses not only the intuitive sense in transforming complicated humanity into intriguing movements, but also the music talent which thrives him to create his own composition for his dance work.

 

Kuan-Hsiang has been developing his physical language from personal life story and Taiwanese culture. He joined HORSE while creating his first two works. His first work in 2014, Hero, is for his deceased father. Kids in 2015, is a tribute to death exploring the very last journey of his mother and himself. Kids won the 15th Taishin Arts Performing Arts Award– a prestigious contemporary arts award in Taiwan, and showcased at the Taiwan Dance Platform Weiwuying(2016), Aerowaves Spring Forward, Aarhus, Denmark(2017). From 2017 onwards, Kids has been touring to the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Curator’s Academy Singapore. Kuan-Hsiang was commissioned by Cloud Gate Art Makers Project for Karma(2017), Cloud Gate 2 for Spring Riot and the NTCH for Dance Mix Program(2018.)

Performance Information: 

Friday, January 4 at 7:30pm *followed by MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception

Saturday, January 5 at 7:30pm

Japan Society: 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Ticket information:  https://www.japansociety.org/event/contemporary-dance-festival-japan-east-asia

 

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Open Call—2019 Residency Program at Triangle Arts Association, New York
2018/11/29

Taipei Cultural Center in New York is proud to announce the open call for one Taiwanese artist/curator/collective for a three-month residency, starting March 1 through May 31, 2019, at Triangle Arts Association in Brooklyn, New York. Applications are due December 30, 2018 at 23:59 Taipei Time.


Generously supported by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, the residency provides round-trip air tickets between where the artist/curator is based and New York City, a monthly allowance of $2,000 to cover living costs during the residency, and a $1,000 project fee.

All applications should be submitted on-line. For more information, please see the application guidelines 簡章.docx.


To apply, please check HERE.

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Yung Shing Le Shadow Puppet Troupe returns to Michigan
2018/11/03

The Detroit Institute of Arts, Ann Arbor District Library, Michigan Taiwanese American Organization, University of Scranton Asian Studies Program and Taipei Cultural Center are proud to co-presented Yung Shing Le Shadow Puppet Theatre Troupe of Taiwan.

With an emphasis on preserving the traditional art form, this century-old family theater has handed down traditional practices and stories through five generations, while also infusing modern techniques and original stories to keep this art form relevant to modern audiences.

The troupe invites you to experience Taiwanese shadow puppetry in three plays: The Sandbag Trilogy (a comedic series of entanglements with a seemingly mischievous sandbag) The Mountain of Flames (an excerpt from the classic 16th Century Chinese novel Journey to the West) and Momotaro (a traditional Japanese folktale).  Guests will then be invited backstage to get a hands-on experience with the beautifully handcrafted puppets. Narration in Taiwanese with live music.   Recommended for all ages.

Dates and venues

Nov. 10 @ 2 p.m. – Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Film Theatre, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Michigan

Nov. 11 @ 2 p.m. —Macomb Center for Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp., MI 48038

Nov. 12 @ 7 p.m. Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Library, 343 South Fifth Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Nov. 13 @ 7 p.m. — Oakland Community College / Orchard Ridge campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Nov. 15 @ 7p.m. The University of Scranton, the DeNaples Center, Mcllenny Ballroom, 600 Linden Street, Scranton, Pennsylvania

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Taiwanese Film ‘DEAR EX’ Set to Open Reel Asian
2018/11/02

The multi-award-winning melodrama DEAR EX, co-directed by acclaimed TV script writer Mag Hsu and emerging director Hsu Chih-yen, will kick off the 22th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, which runs from Nov 8 to Nov 16, 2018. It will be the first time Reel Asian opens the festival with a Taiwanese feature film. Co-director Mag Hsu and the lead actor Roy Chiu will be coming to Toronto for the opening night red carpet and the Canadian Premiere of this film. 


As one of the finest films from Taiwan this year, DEAR EX follows three people who are linked by fate because of love and family. Young teen Song Chengxi loses his father to cancer, but instead of having time to mourn, he finds himself caught in a feud between his widowed mother and his father’s gay lover Jay (Roy Chiu). This film not only won four major awards at the Taipei Film Festival but was recently nominated for eight Golden Horse Awards, which honors the best in Chinese-language cinema. 


This year’s Taiwanese feature presentations also include Chuang Ching-sen’s gripping thriller HIGH FLASH, featuring the mysterious death of a fisherman Ah-Hai, who is found dead of self-immolation during a protest, puzzles the truth-seeking public prosecutor; Chiang Chung-chieh’s short SHIBA SAN AND MEOW CHAN, chronicles an journey leading the older Shiba san and the young Meow Chan to confront their emptiness inside as they both have something on their minds.


The Taiwanese feature presentations are presented in collaboration with the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, with support from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Toronto. For the full lineup and schedule, please visit reelasian.com.


About Reel Asian

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian), presented by National Bank, is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from the Asian diaspora. As Canada’s largest pan-Asian film festival, Reel Asian provides a public forum for Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada.  


Screening schedule

Dear Ex

Thursday, November 8, 7:30 pm

Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7)

Dir. Mag Hsu, Hsu Chih-yen / 2018 / 100 min / Mandarin with English Subtitles

*With co-director Mag Hsu and lead actor Roy Chiu in person!

 

High Flash

Monday, November 12, 8:15 pm

Tiff Bell Lightbox, Cinema 4 (350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5)

Dir. Chuang Ching-sen / 2018 / 109 min / Mandarin with English subtitles

 

Shiba San and Meow Chan

Tuesday, November 13, 10:30 am   

Bachir / Yerex Presentation Space (401 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8)

Dir. Chiang Chung-chieh / 2018 / 30 min / Taiwanese with English Subtitles

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Chia-Wei Hsu’s Huai Mo Village + Ruins of the Intelligence Bureau: A Screening and Discussion
2018/10/17

Thursday, November 1, 7:00pm
Asia Art Archive in America
43 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Space is limited and registration is required.
Tickets Available Here

Join us for a screening of Chia-Wei Hsu’s Huai Mo Village (2012, single-channel video, 8’20”), and Ruins of the Intelligence Bureau (2015, single-channel video, 13’30”), followed by a conversation with the artist moderated by curator and critic Christopher Phillips. Their discussion will touch on the artist’s exploration of filmmaking as a performance art and Taiwan’s complex relationship with other countries in the region.

Huai Mo Village takes place in an orphanage in Chiang Rai, Thailand and tells the true story of a troop of Chinese Nationalist soldiers who retreated to the border regions between Thailand and Myanmar at the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1950. In this film, the founder of the orphanage, who is a pastor and former intelligence officer, recalls the plight of these homeless, stateless soldiers who remained in Thailand rather than return to China or join the Nationalists in Taiwan

The pastor appears again in a second film, Ruins of the Intelligence Bureau, to expand on the story he began in Huai Mo Village. Set in the remains of the demolished Intelligence Bureau, this film features a performance of a traditional Thai puppet show. Narrating the performance is the pastor, who recalls personal memories and recounts the legend of Hanuman—a monkey general who leads his troop to battle and helps a prince return to the kingdom from which he was exiled.

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HSU Chia-Wei (b. 1983, lives and works in Taipei) is interested in the untold histories of the Cold War in Asia. His work often takes the form of films and installations, weave together reality and myth, the past and the present. Hsu’s work has been presented in many museums, including Van Abbemuseum, the Centre Pompidou, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and Reina Sofia National Museum. A Hugo Boss Asia Art Award finalist in 2012 and the Grand Prize winner of the 2017 Taishin Arts Award—a major accolade for artists in Taiwan, Hsu has also been included in many biennials and festivals, such as the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam, the 2012 Liverpool Biennial, the 2018 Sydney Biennial and Gwungju Biennial. He will also participate in the upcoming Shanghai Biennale.


Christopher Phillips is an independent curator and critic. From 2000 to 2016 he worked as a curator at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. He has organized many exhibitions that explore modernist photography of the early 20th century as well as contemporary Asian photography and media art, including ”Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan” (with Noriko Fuku, 2008); “Wang Qingsong: When Worlds Collide” (2011); “Han Youngsoo: Photographs of Seoul 1956-63” (2016); and “Life and Dreams: Contemporary Chinese Photography” (2018). His books include Photography in the Modern Era: European Documents and Critical Writings, 1913-1940 (1989), Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China (with Wu Hung, 2004), and Life and Dreams: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Media Art (with Wu Hung, 2018). He teaches in the Photography and Imaging Department at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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