Illusion Reality — The Photo Exhibition of Shen Chao-liang features work from the three-time Golden Tripod Award-winning photographer. Shen Chao-liang (沈昭良) latest set, Stage, captures the stage trucks used by Taiwan’s traveling song-and-dance troops, which at sunset are trance-inducing and electric. Another project, Singer & Stage, is portraits of the traveling performers, who are mostly young single women in their late 20s and early 30s. Liang (b. 1968) won the Golden Tripod Award for Best Photography in 2000, 2002 and 2012. He was awarded the New-York based Artists Wanted: Photography Category Award in 2011 and first place in the International Photography Award for the Book of Documentary last year.
■ The Pier-2 Art Center (高雄駁藝術二特區), 1 Dayong Rd, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市大勇路1號), tel: (07) 521-4899. Open Mondays to Thursdays from 10am to 6pm, Friday and Saturdays from 10am to 8pm. Free admission
■ Opens today. Until Sept. 22
Living as Form (生活作為形式) is a group exhibition curated by Nato Thompson, of the New York-based public arts institution Creative Time. Using film and color images, Thompson gives a tour of society-changing art projects by 22 international artists and civic organizations. Works include Fairytale: 1,001 Chinese Visitors (童話：一千零一位中國遊客) by Ai Weiwei (艾未未), which sees the artist turning an old German textile mill into a showpiece and free-of-charge hostel for economically disadvantaged Chinese visitors. On August 24, Thompson will open Part II of Living as Form, which spotlights local artists like Wang Hong-kai (王虹凱) and labor organization Black Hand Nakasi (黑手那卡西).
■ TheCube Project Space (立方計畫空間), 2F, 13, Alley 1, Ln 136, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段136巷1弄13號2樓), tel: (02) 2368-9418. Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12pm to 7pm
■ Until August 11
Shuanglian Sound Environment (雙連聲態) by Tsai Kuen-lin (蔡坤霖) is a new interactive installation at the Taipei Metro Shuanglian Station. It’s an intricate network of colored pipes resembling the metro’s routes. Put your ear next to one at scheduled intervals and you can hear the simulated sound of railway trains pulling in, like they used to at the long-gone Shuanglian Train Station. Created on commission, the interactive sculpture is part of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei’s campaign to bring contemporary art to the MRT and its underground.
■ Metro Taipei, Shuanglian Station (Near Exit 2) 台北捷運雙連站 (2號出口旁)
■ Permanent display
Supernatural Tales of Gods and Ghosts: Paintings from the Museum Collection (神鬼傳奇) introduces visitors to demons, goblins and other paranormal figures of Chinese antiquity. Over 30 paintings, dating from the Jin dynasty (265 and 420 CE) to 1978, show popular ghosts like the Eight Immortals (八仙) and the Picking-Fungus Immortal (採芝仙), as well as the lesser-known Goddess of the Luo River (洛神). Also at the National Palace Museum, The Ancient Art of Writing: Selections from the History of Chinese Calligraphy (筆有千秋業) presents calligraphy works from the Qin dynasty (221-206 BC) to the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) in chronological order.
■ National Palace Museum (國立故宮博物院圖書文獻大樓), 221 Zhishan Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市至善路二段221號), tel: (02) 2881-2021. Open daily from 9am to 5pm
■ Until Sept. 30
Six contemporary artists think that Imax 3D experience shouldn’t be so expensive. No Promising Video Art Fest (沒出息3D錄像影展) is their alternative: A recycled cardboard box fitted with a lens so that a viewer can enjoy their six original microfilms in real 3D. But while this theater is cheap, it seats only one, so the experience is lonely and even alienating.