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Art exhibition listings

By Sheryl Cheung  /  Contributing reporter

Li Ping-yeh, Flowers of Time: Universal Correspondence (2018).

Photo Courtesy of National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

Chijikinkutsu / Chozumaki (地磁水琴窟裝置/手水缽漩渦裝置) is a sound art show by Japanese artist Nelo Akamatsu (赤松音呂) presently on view at Vima House in Taichung. Akamatsu is a Japanese artist who works with a variety of art forms including electric devices, event installations, video installations, sculptures, paintings and photos. His award-winning sound installation Chijikinkutsu consists of a group of glass vessels that make sound with electro-magnetized needles. The vessels are filled with water in which the needles float and move according to th energy of the room. The title of the work is combination of two Japanese terms; “chiji” means geomagnetism and “suikinkutsu” refers to a traditional Japanese sound device that involves water dripping into an inverted ceramic pot. Nelo reinterprets this instrument, typically found in Japanese gardens, with natural and minimalist sensibilities. Also included in the show is Chozumaki, a more recent sound installation created during the artist’s residence in Glasgow. The piece works with the phenomenon of vortex caused by atmospheric circulation; magnetic stirrers are placed in glass containers to create an endless whirl of water.

■ Vima House (維摩舍), 147, Yunglung Rd, Dali Dist, Taichung City (台中市大里區永隆路147號), tel: (02) 2597-2525. Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 1pm to 6pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 6pm

■ Through Sunday

Pon Ding presents Story Highlights (精選動態), a selection of works by Taipei-based branding studio ZISHI (只是). The studio was founded in 2013 by artist and product designer Chang-chien Shih-yang (張簡士揚), who leads a design team dedicated to various forms of image production, including illustration, graphic design, ceramics, textile, furniture and mural paintings. Their work is distinctly detailed and playful, incorporating modern and traditional elements to create a new blend of aesthetics. “Having grown up in a rural area, traditional, classical and old things are more familiar to me than the modern,” says Chang-chien. He maintains an interest in breaking boundaries between different fields of creativity, which inspires his interdisciplinary work between art and design. The exhibition features a selection of work created in the last five years, including color illustrations, tea sets, lamps, backpacks and other merchandise released under the studio’s own label. Musicians is a painting of four traditional Chinese musicians in pink suits riding on bicycles. Black Tiger I, II, III is a illustrational triptych that narrates an imaginative relationship between a domestic tiger and humans. A series of ceramic painting classes are offered during the exhibition period; the classes are offered in Chinese and registration is still open for the session on Sept 1.

■ Pon Ding (朋丁), 6, Ln 53, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市中山北路一段53巷6號), tel: (02) 2537 7281. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 8pm

■ Through Sept 9

Taiwanese new media artist and scholar Li Ping-yeh (李炳曄) debuts his new project Flower of Time: Universal Correspondence (時間之花:對應宇宙) at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. Li is interested in how abstract data can be presented in a physical space. He often works between digital technology and new media art forms, combining the two realms to explore new possibilities. The present work on display consists of a series of electronic, mechanical installations and a 360-degree animation that is generated according to data that is collected live. “The artist translates temporal data into a physical sensory system,” writes the museum. “Everything that the visitor sees and hears, such as color, form, rhythm and sound, are thus manifestations of data.” Through this work, the artist reflects upon the idea of universal correspondence, or how the universe is interconnected from a micro to macro scale, and how certain truths resonate between different systems. The work also has an online version available for viewing on Li’s personal Web site at

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