The And, Never End (在視而不見的背後，本質，就在那裡) is a new series of drawings by Taiwan-born, London-based illustrator and multi-media artist Page Tsou (鄒駿昇). Tsou’s detailed pencil-on-paper drawings reverse the traditional idea of portraiture by depicting the back of the subject’s head.
■ Agora Art Project X Space (藝譔堂), 104, Ln 155, Dunhua N Rd, Taipei City (台北市敦化北路155巷104號), tel: (02) 8712-0178. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11am to 7pm
■ Until Sept. 4
Photo Courtesy of Page Tsou and Agora Art Project X Space
Petject (小動物主體), a portmanteau of pet and project, is a series of photographs by five artists that depict animals, both real and imagined, in a variety of situations meant to reveal the conceptual ideas of the artists who photographed them.
■ Fotoaura Institute of Photography (海馬迴光畫館), 2F, 83, Chenggong Rd, Greater Tainan (台南市成功路83號2樓), tel: (06) 200-8856. Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 1pm to 8pm
■ Until Aug. 14
Photo Courtesy of Fotoaura Institute of Photography
Close Encounter (遇見) is a group exhibit of video installation, photography and sculpture by Kuo I-chen (郭奕臣) and Japanese artists Nobuaki Onishi and Ken Matsubara. Kuo, who represented Taiwan at the 51st Venice Biennale, creates videos that examine themes of insecurity and alienation. Nobuaki, winner of the 2007 Asunaro Prize, makes Nobuaki’s resin sculptures of everyday objects — a woman’s shoe, a strand of barbed wire, a light bulb — that appear both tangible and abstract. Matsubara’s photographs recall Japan’s experience of nuclear war at the end of World War II.
■ Aki Gallery (也趣畫廊), 141 Minzu W Rd, Taipei City (台北市民族西路141號), tel: (02) 2599-1171. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from noon to 6:30pm
■ Until Aug. 8
Ultra Combos (參式) consists of artwork by the five-man multimedia collective that goes by the same name as the show title. The exhibition draws on video games as the basis for the work, which is presented as an interactive art installation resembling an arcade.
■ Digital Arts Center (台北數位藝術中心), 180 Fuhua Rd, Taipei City (台北市福華路180號), tel: (02) 7736-0708. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm
■ Until Sunday
JUICY X juicy is a solo exhibition by Hsieh Jia-wen (謝家雯). Constructed using colorful elastic cloth stockings, Hsieh’s large-scale semi-circle installation affixed to the wall at numerous points suggests both order and fragmentation.
■ IT Park Gallery (伊通公園), 41 Yitong St, Taipei City (台北市伊通街41號), tel: (02) 2507-7243. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 1pm to 10pm
■ Until Aug. 6
The Taiwan of yesteryear was dominated in whole or in part by the Dutch, Spanish, Qing Empire and Japanese. But is the Taiwanese name for a popular edible fish derived from the Portuguese language? Cheng Wei-chung (鄭維中), an associate research fellow at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Taiwan History, says yes. The fish in question is the narrow-barred Spanish mackerel, which was listed in early 18th century Qing local gazetteers as Taiwanese specialities alongside milk fish and mullet, according to Cheng’s paper, “Mullet, narrow-barred Spanish mackerel and milkfish: Multiple contextual developments of three certified seafood specilaities in Taiwan, from the
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
I didn’t expect to spend more than three minutes out of my car, yet the sun was so brutal I put on my hat before approaching the seawall. Beimen (北門) is the flattest and most sun-baked part of Tainan. It lacks trees and people. In wintertime, the weather is often delightful. It wasn’t yet mid-morning in the hot season, however, and I felt like a leaf shriveling in the desert. Atop the seawall but facing inland, I could see dozens of the rectangular ponds which account for a significant percentage of Beimen’s “land” area. Some, no doubt, were dug to produce
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.