Becoming Cyborg (成為賽伯格) presents photographs, interactive installation and video by six artists from Taiwan and Japan whose work touches on issues of genetic engineering, particularly cloning technology, and prosthetics. In an age of rapid scientific and technological change, curator Hsieh Hui-ching (謝慧青) says the clear separation between human and machine has become blurred, and that “everyone is transforming into a cyborg.”
■ National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (國立台灣美術館), 2, Wucyuan W Rd Sec 1, Greater Taichung (台中市五權西路一段2號), tel: (04) 2372-3552. Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 6pm. Admission: Free
■ Until Feb. 5
German artist Gal Kinan explores Taiwan’s industrial economy in Factory-Plastic-Worker. Over the past decade, the East Asian country’s manufacturing industry has been relocating en masse to China, where labor is cheap and environmental standards poor. Kinan investigates how these changes affect the lives of Taiwanese workers at two
companies that make toys.
■ Barry Room, Taipei Artist Village (台北國際藝術村百里廳), 7 Beiping E Rd, Taipei City (台北市北平東路7號), tel: (02) 3393-7377. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 9pm
■ Opening reception on Saturday at 2pm. Until Jan. 8
The Dreamy Thorns (濡夢之棘) is a solo exhibit of new paintings by Wu Yung-chieh (吳詠潔). Wu’s sentimental works, rendered in light pastel tones with a manga style, attempt to universalize her own life and troubles.
■ Aki Gallery (也趣藝廊), 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
■ Opening reception on Saturday at 3pm. Until Jan. 1
Wang Te-yu (王德瑜) continues her exploration of space with a new series of large-scale fabric installations at Kalos Gallery. Wang’s work envelops the gallery, forcing viewers to question their sense of space; we don’t so much as look at her works, as we do enter a world created by them.
■ Kalos Gallery (真善美畫廊), 269, Dunhua S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市敦化南路一段269號), tel: (02) 2836-3452. Open daily from 10am to 6:30pm, closed Sundays
■ Opening reception on Saturday at 3pm. Until Jan. 14
China-born, New York-based artist Tony Wong (黃榮禧) appropriates creation myths and Chinese poetry for his recent series of drawings, paintings and sculpture, which is currently on display at Tina Keng Gallery’s Neihu space. According to the press blurb, Wong’s work ponders the “solitude of existence, [the] origin of the world, [the] meaning of life, feelings of change, anguished romance and passionate desire between men and women,” to name just a few of the topics this artist muses over.
■ Tina Keng Gallery (耿畫廊), 15, Ln 548, Ruiguang Rd, Taipei City (台北市瑞光路548巷15號), tel: (02) 2659-0798. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 7pm
■ Until Dec. 23
Dusklit Pond (暮光池畔) is a solo exhibit of haunting black-and-white waterscapes by photographer Yang Chin-sheng (楊欽盛).
■ 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 Dec. 18
World Is Over? (末‧未2013) asks whether predictions that the world will end are a hoax. Thirteen artists from the Taipei-based artist collective Second Soul Graphic Arts Society “transcend preexisting concepts and logics” and employ interactive installations, graffiti art, sculpture and printing to ponder doomsday scenarios involving environmental catastrophe and man-made disasters.