Emerging artist Huang Zan-lun (黃贊倫) transforms the detritus of machines into sculptural installations in his solo show Stateless (無類). Questioning notions of progress and technology, Huang’s bizarre sculptures are imbued with emotionless, detached undertones that render his messages both ambivalent and alluring.
■ Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (關渡美術館), Taipei National University of the Arts (台北藝術大學), 1 Xueyuan Rd, Taipei City (台北市學園路1號). Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 5pm. Tel: (02) 2896-1000 X2432
■ Until May 16
Light and Shadow (光與影) is an exhibit of paintings by Chinese playwright, novelist and Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian (高行健). According to the exhibition blurb, Gao’s monochromatic ink paintings with abstract characteristics have “established a new ink wash painting style.” Perhaps a more accurate description would be that Gao’s paintings bring to the canvas the loneliness and despair that are found in his plays. The show also features a short film made by
■ Asia Art Center (亞洲藝術中心) 177 Jianguo S Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市建國南路二段177號). Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6:30pm. Tel: (02) 2754-1366
■ Until May 9
Leather figures, paper cutting, hand shadows, films and digital figures are among the objects presented at The Exhibition of Shadow Art and Culture (照光弄影－影藝文化展), an exhibit that looks into the history and development of shadow play from its origins in China’s distant past to its contemporary manifestations in Taiwan. The show seeks to place shadow art in its proper context by showing the relationship between the images created and the performances they were a part of.
■ National Museum of History (國立歷史博物館), 49 Nanhai Rd, Taipei City (台北市南海路49號). Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Tel: (02) 2361-0270. General admission is NT$30
■ Until Oct. 17
Post Exposure (後渙散) is a solo exhibit by Taiwanese video installation artist Huang Pei-ju (黃珮如) that reflects upon the liminality of human existence through the themes of light and darkness.
■ IT Park Gallery (伊通公園), 2F-3F, 41 Yitong St, Taipei City (台北市伊通街41號2-3樓). Open Tuesdays
to Saturdays from 1pm to 10pm. Tel: (02) 2507-7243
■ Until Saturday
The New Renditions of Ink Painting (世紀新墨) is a retrospective of the works of China-born, Taiwanese ink painter Wu Hsueh-jang (吳學讓). Through paintings dating back almost 50 years, the show tracks Wu’s evolution as an artist from his early Chinese landscape painting to his later works influenced by abstract expressionism to his final period when he returns to his artistic roots.
■ National Chiao Tung University Library, B1 International Conference Hall (交大浩然圖書館B1國際會議廳), 1001 Dasyue Rd, Hsinchu City (新竹市大學路1001號). Open daily from 9am to 5pm. Tel: (02) 3322-2988
■ Until May 18
Chen Wang-shi (陳罔市) doesn’t know where to go if she is forced to move. The 78-year-old Chen is an active “sea woman” (海女) in Taiwan’s easternmost fishing village of Makang (馬崗) in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District (貢寮). When the waves are calm, she ventures out to forage for algae, oysters and other edible marine morsels. She lives alone in the village, as her children have moved to the cities for work, returning for weekends and festivals. “I cannot get used to living in Taipei, and I feel very uncomfortable if I don’t go out to the ocean to forage. I
Aug. 10 to Aug. 16 They called him the “No Problem Doctor” (沒關係醫生) because that’s what he always told his patients when they couldn’t pay up. Operating the only clinic in Changhua County’s Pusin Township (埔心) during the 1950s, Hsu Tsai-chih (許再枝) knew that life was difficult in his remote hometown. “They barely had enough to survive, so it was pointless to chase after them for the money,” an 81-year-old Hsu told the United Daily News in 2002. “I just went with the flow, some offered to pay me back years later but I had already forgotten
Your body is floating in a warm, blue bath, neither sinking nor rising. Sunlight shimmers on the white sand below as a sea turtle drifts by. You feel your heart beating slowly and a profound sense of calm floods your mind. The figures floating at the surface seem distant, as if from a different world. Down here, there is just you, your mind, your body, and the water. In this calm, timeless moment, you have glimpsed infinity... you are freediving. The next time you find yourself on Siaoliouciou (小琉球), or on Green Island (綠島), or at any number of popular snorkeling
A widely criticized peer-reviewed study that measured the attractiveness of women with endometriosis has been retracted from the medical journal Fertility and Sterility. The study, “Attractiveness of women with rectovaginal endometriosis: a case-control study,” was first published in 2013 and has been defended by the authors and the journal in the intervening years despite heavy criticism from doctors, other researchers and people with endometriosis for its ethical concerns and dubious justifications, with one advocate calling the study “heartbreaking” and “disgusting.” The study’s conclusion was: “Women with rectovaginal endometriosis were judged to be more attractive than those in the two control groups.