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Art exhibition listings

By Sheryl Cheung  /  Contributing Reporter

■ G.Gallery (居藝廊), B1, 3, Ally 3, Lane 227, Nongan St, Taipei City (台北市農安街227巷3弄3號B1), tel: (02) 2501-8326. Opens Wednesdays from 12pm to 7pm, and Thursdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm

■ Until June 24

Each year, Project Seek presents a program of exhibitions that proposes a shared question about the contemporary world. This year, the program focuses on “Certainty or Uncertainty?” a question fragment that raises the issue of clarity and its relevance to our everyday lives. Responding to this theme, James Ming-hsueh Lee’s (李明學) upcoming solo exhibition, Boundary, reflects on the role of expiration dates in consumer society and how these labels replace our ability to directly observe the physical condition of a product. The life span of an object is standardized by a temporal system that is full of approximations, and this system greatly influences our values of production and consumption. In this show, Lee presents readymade objects purchased from various commercial stores that will expire by the end of the exhibition. In a press release, the gallery describes Lee’s process as a game “of randomness, luck, resilience, patience and effort... the amount of time spent searching has no direct reward.” How do we determine the life of an object in the context of art? How are our perceptions and value systems determined by various social and psychological factors? Lee is an award-winning artist whose practice focuses on relational frameworks that make up meanings, contexts, and paradoxical moments.

■ Project Seek, 12F, 9, Roosevelt Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (北市羅斯福路2段9號12樓), tel: (02) 2396-5505. Open Mondays to Saturdays from 11am to 6pm

■ Until Aug. 11

Hung Yu-hao (洪譽豪) specializes in aerial photography, virtual reality projects and images manipulated with post-production techniques. He draws inspiration from his surroundings and has done an extensive visual survey of his neighborhood, Wanhua District (萬華), in Taipei. Reflecting on the urban space as a shifting landscape of continual flow and migration, Hung explores the changing impressions and evolving memories of Wanhua and its continual generation of individual and collective experiences. Hung’s current exhibition, Liquid Streetscape, at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts is a 360 degree, looped video assembled with drone footage of Xichang Street (西昌), an area of Wanhua that cultivates a complex melting pot of residents, migrants and visitors. “As I observe the historical street around Longshan Temple from day to night, [I pay] special attention to how, through time and social change, the area has become a place of contemporary faith and [a place of convergence between] hawkers, sex workers, migrants and tourists.” For this project, Hung processed video footage captured with his drone with post-production methods to present a new streetscape that is based on reality but manipulated with virtual techniques.

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