Three new artists cross paths in First Shot — Taiwan Potential Photographers Group Exhibition (新．影 台灣潛力新銳攝影聯展) at the Taiwan International Visual Arts Center (TIVAC). Ta-ching Liu (劉大慶) is here with Corn (玉米) — dreamlike stills of bugs crawling on corn — while his contemporary Wade Chang (張維智) has populous panoramas of modern life in Era of Uncertainty (搖晃年代). Yu-chi Li (李毓琪) is showing Goodbye, God of Land (再見, 地基主), her compilation of black-and-white negatives featuring pie-faced twins standing by old architecture, as a kind of requiem to the casualties of urban renewal. Another exhibition at TIVAC, Landscapes of My Memory (記憶中的風景), is a photo catalog of one man’s budget trips around the world. Technique is what sets this showcase apart from the average scrapbook. Kao Chih-chuan (高志尊) uses time-consuming yesteryear processes like cyanotype, albumen printing and gum bichromate to strike painterly tones hard to find in the digital print. On show are landscapes and portraits, such as a set on teenaged cosplayers — poignant works-in-progress who put on a sophisticated face for the camera.
■ Taiwan International Visual Arts Center (TIVAC — 台灣國際視覺藝術中心), 16, Alley 52, Ln 12, 16 Bade Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市松山區八德路三段12巷52弄16號), tel: (02) 2577-1781. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:30am to 7pm
■ Until Sunday
There is a palatable, almost pop quality to the 11th Taishin Arts Awards Exhibition, a collection of highlights from 15 visual and performance works that premiered in Taiwan last year. Creative Society’s Playing the Violin (拉提琴) is a mainstream black comedy about the Taiwanese Everyman, and Chen Chin-pao’s (陳敬寶) Circumgyration: A Quartet (迴返計劃：四部曲) forces the eye to retrieve collective memories of the primary-school experience. Also on show are a homoerotic ballet by Horse Dance Theatre, an original composition by the National Symphony Orchestra and Huang Yi’s (黃翊) physical duet between himself and an industrial robot.
■ Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, 39 Changan W Rd, Taipei City (台北市長安西路39號), tel: (02) 2552-3721. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm
■ Until June 23
Treasure Hill is showing Cycles of Rainbows (彩虹是圓的), a large-scale art installation that tells a story. Pieces that serve as storyboards are built around a centerpiece — the so-called bicycle of rainbows, which visitors are asked to ride as part of the gallery experience. This kinetic element is a signature of creator Wandering Cloud (行雲朵朵), a three-person art group that tries to pique active participation from viewers with animation art.
■ Treasure Hill Artist Village, Cross Gallery (寶藏巖國際藝術村十字藝廊), 49, Ln 230, Dingzhou Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市汀州路三段230巷49號), tel: (02) 2364-5313. Open Tuesday to Sundays from 3pm to 6pm
■ Until May 12
Collectors can meet artists at Art Revolution Taipei (台北新藝術博覽), an art fair that includes paintings, prints and other contemporary art pieces. New to the 2013 edition is a thematic stress on “transmutation” (蛻變): Participants must show at least one work in a medium or subject outside their repertoire, and 20 percent of the floor space is marked off for avant-garde and academic art. Returning events include a celebrity charity benefit and a juried painting competition, which has received 2,462 submissions from 50 countries.
■ Art Revolution Taipei, Taipei World Trade Center Hall 3 (台北世貿三館), 6 Songshou Rd, Taipei City (松壽路六號), tel: (02) 7743-7788. Open from noon to 8pm. Admission: NT$100