A City of Others (他城記) brings together five emerging Chinese artists who were born after and have pondered China’s rapid economic and societal changes since the country’s “open door policy” of 1979. Using various mediums — painting, installation, illustration and sculpture — the artists examine their own and their country’s recent history in relation to that of other cultures.
■ Lin & Lin Gallery (大未來林舍畫廊), 16 Dongfeng St, Taipei City, (台北市東豐街16號), tel: (02) 2700-6866. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm
■ Opening reception on Saturday at 4pm. Until Oct. 28
Melancholy in Progress (憂鬱的進步), the title of a biennial exhibition of video art called Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition (台灣國際錄像雙年展), examine’s the pursuit of progress in its various manifestations in modern life, including medicine, sanitation, technology, speed, mobility and growth. Has progress become a desire of modern society that has no destination and no end? What is the truth of progress? The unceasing pursuit of progress, the exhibition suggests, has developed the syndromes of compulsive disorders that has resulted in depression.
■ Hong Gah Museum (鳳甲美術館), 11F, 166 Daye Rd, Taipei City (台北市大業路166號11樓), tel: (02) 2894-2272. Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:30am to 5:30pm
■ Opening reception on Saturday at 3pm. Until Dec. 30
Rite of Silence (內觀感) is a solo exhibition of photography by Wu Shang-lin (吳尚霖). As the title suggests, Wu is interested in empty spaces and abandoned places, where the echoes of the former residents can be metaphysically discerned.
■ 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 Nov. 4
Feedback: Reflexion is an exhibition of video and sound by Japanese artist Masayuki Kawai. Masayuki’s interest revolves around using old video equipment to create noise feedback, which is then linked up to images on a monitor, thus creating an arbitrary and abstract dialogue between the two.
■ Chi-Wen Gallery (其玟畫廊), 3F, 19, Ln 252, Dunhua S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市敦化南路一段252巷19號3樓), tel: (02) 8771-3372. Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11am to 7pm
■ Until Oct. 27
Archaeology and Ruins of the Angkor in Cambodia is a traveling exhibition organized by the French School of Asian studies that seeks to depict the excavation and restoration work done at the ancient site through 50 black-and-white photographs. According to the museum, the aesthetic value of the images alone makes them worth seeing because they restore something of Ankor’s glory before it was partially ruined by the ravages of time.
■ Hsinkang Culture Center of Chiayi County (嘉義縣新港文化館), 2, Ln 111, Tengyun Rd, Hsinkang Township, Chiayi County (嘉義縣新港鄉登雲路111巷2號)
■ Until Oct. 14