Fri, Jan 13, 2006 - Page 14 News List

Experience a revolution in the brain

By Ho Yi  /  STAFF REPORTER

Ryoichi Kurokawa ponders digital abstraction.

PHOTO COURTESY OF WIMB

Now in its third year, the Weather in My Brain Sound-Visual Art Festival (腦天氣影音藝術季) has evolved quickly from a basement-type event into a three-week, two-city festival that takes free-spirited adventurers into a challenging world of experimental electronic sounds and avant-garde visual art.

Promoted by inspired artists on the cutting edge of the digital arts from Japan, Europe and Taiwan, the arts festival presents digital artforms in two main categories: live sound-and-visual performances, and a music video film festival.

Aiming to offer an inclusive look at visual-audio art works, ranging from contemporary gallery pieces to commercial art and raw street art, the MV film festival has 10 themes by different programmers. Experimental films by a new generation of Chinese artists are grouped into the Reinventing Experimental Chinese Sound-Visuals, while Weather in My Brain Special Section will showcase 11 pieces selected from entries by young local artists.

On a more commercial note, Creative Taiwanese Music Videos introduces rarely seen MVs packed with the energy of local independent acts. In collabor-ation with eight independent labels from around the world, Progressive Label Music Videos showcases MV productions from Ninja Tune in the UK and W+K Tokyo Lab in Japan.

For those with more classicaly-trained minds, Critical Day and Upper Level will take festival-goers deep into multi-dimensional sound and digital spaces. Yuki Kawamura is one of the artists in focus this year, and nine of his short pieces will be shown at the festival.

Films begin showing Monday at a dozen venues across Taipei. Live sound and visual art performances will start Wednesday, to Jan. 20, at the newly opened Eslite Flagship Bookstore in the Xinyi district.

Organizer and curator Huang Yi-chin (黃一晉) believes the fine arts shouldn't be confined to gallery spaces.

The three-day performances will feature Japanese artists Tatsuya Yoshida + Ruins, Ryoichi Kurokawa, VJ Hiroi, Marc Behrens from Germany, Alpha District from UK and a troupe of local artists including Monbaza, Cold Turkey Express, Varo, Punk Can and EJ, Clair and Logico (朗機工).

Having toured with Brit bands such as Death Cab for Cuties, Cave In and The Darkness, Alpha District will conclude the live performance series with local post-rock bass player Huang Hong-jun (黃宏駿) against a digital mural created by Mindlobster.

The festival will continue in Taichung starting on Jan. 21 with a large outdoor performance.

International artists Ryoichi Kurokawa. Alpha Districk, Marc Behrens, and local talents Nylas, Logico and others will all head south for the grand gathering.

The MV Film Festival in Taichung will also take place at various locations including JDS, Renaissance (文藝復興) and Blue Coral Island (藍色珊瑚島). For further information check: www.weatherinmybrain.org.

Performance notes:

What: Weather in My Brain Sound-Visual Art Festival (腦天氣影音藝術季)

Where: Two main venues: 6F, Eslite Hall at Eslite Flagship Bookstore in Xinyi District (誠品書店信義區旗艦店6樓誠品廳), 11, Songgao Rd, Taipei (台北市松高路11) and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (國立台灣美術館), 2, Wuchuan W Rd, Sec 1, Taichung (台中市五權西路一段2).

When: Jan. 16 through Jan. 27 in Taipei; Jan. 21 through Feb. 5 in Taichung.

Tickets: For live performances, tickets cost NT$450 for one show; NT$650 for a three-day pass, available through NTCH ticketing outlets or at performance venues.

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