Breaking the Rules (顯影。破格而出：台北電影節20印記特展) is a retrospective that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Taipei Film Festival. The show includes over a hundred manuscripts and memorabilia from Taiwanese filmmakers, as well as film excerpts from past participating works of the festival. It has been a tumultuous ride for the Taiwanese film industry in the last two decades. According to the commission, the industry experienced a deep decline that lasted until the late 1990’s; a great revival came with the hit film Cape No. 7, which was featured as the opening film of the 2008 Taipei Film Festival. Standing by its original mission, the festival continues to foster an appreciation for film from the angle of visual arts and cinematic language and promotes “independent, innovative and non-mainstream” projects.
■ Bopiliao Historical Block (剝皮寮歷史街區), Ln 173, Kangding Road, Taipei City (台北市康定路173巷), tel: (02) 2308-2966. Open Daily from 11am-6pm
■ Until Sept. 30
Photo Courtesy of the artist
Catch the last day of SITE OF CONSCIOUSNESS: COUNCIL ROOM, a week-long, site-specific exhibition at the Tainan City Council. For three decades the building served as the Tainan County Council, until it changed its name to Tainan City Council when the county was incorporated into the city in 2010. Three Tainan-based artists collectively adapt the method of “on-site,” which, according to the organizers, means the production of artistic projects that emphasize the local. Ting Chaong-wen’s (丁昶文) North seeks to recreate missing components of the roof, which were intentionally removed because of its impact on fengshui. Cia Hsinyuan’s (李欣芫) A Pool, a Group of Koi, Knocking is a series of actions, performances and installations that work with sound, water, reflections and a narration of local life and politics. Nigel Brown invited community Chinese chess players to continue their games inside the building. Democracy Xiangqi is a sound installation that involves relevant field recordings and archival recordings broadcasted with speakers, FM transmitters and portable radio.
■ 38, Minzhi Rd, Tainan City (台南市新營區民治路38號), Open from 9am to 3pm
■ Ends today
Photo Courtesy of Mangasick
Chihoi (智海) is a Hong Kong comic illustrator, cartoonist and writer who has a background in drawing and nutritional sciences. His work has been featured in various publications and anthologies, including Hijacking — Comic Hong Kong Literature (大騎劫—漫畫香港文學) and The Train (灰掐). Chihoi’s current solo exhibition, The Library and the Reading Room (圖書館/我和我聖人), features two new comic albums released by Taipei-based independent publishing house nos:books. The Library (圖書館) is an ongoing comic project that involves a dazzling library that entraps people in the a sea of memories. The narrative also features a burning book hell. I am with my Saint is a selection of short comics that Chihoi has created over the last 10 years. The show includes original drawings from these two books, as well as an unpublished episode of The Library that is only available for viewing at the gallery.
■ Mangasick, B1, 2, Alley 10, Ln 244, Roosevelt Rd Sec 3, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路3段244巷10弄2號B1), tel: (02) 2369-9969. Opens Thursdays to Tuesdays from 2pm to 10pm
■ Until Oct. 1
Photo Courtesy of Taipei Film Festival
“It seems that you are familiar with this city but sometimes you may feel a little bit strange; sometimes the city is close but sometimes it seems far away,” writes Han Ching-ling (韓慶玲) in the curatorial preface for INTO—2018 TAV ART PROJECT (透明象限—2018 TAV 藝術採集計畫). Organized by Taipei Artist Village, the 13-artist show explores the idea of “art residence.” Featured works include artistic surveys of the village’s vicinity, many of which are based on daily discoveries during the artists’ participation in the village’s residence program. Yu Cheng-ta’s (余政達) Ventriloquists: Liang Mei-Lan and Emily Su is a film of two women from the Philippines who married into Taiwanese families. The work captures the conversations between the artist and the two women using a combination of languages. SUPER ADD’s Taisho Roman Dori is an examination of commercial signage in an old Japanese residential district in Taipei that is now known for restaurants, entertainment and nightlife. The exhibition opens next Saturday with a series of performances and interactive events. For more information, visit the Taipei Artist Village Web site: www.artistvillage.org.
■ Barry Room, Taipei Artist Village (台北國際藝術村百里廳), 7 Beiping E Rd, Taipei City (台北市北平東路7號), tel: (02) 3393-7377. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 9pm
■ From Sept. 29 to Nov. 4
Photo Courtesy of Taipei Art Village
Acts Without Effort—The Societal Architecture of Hsieh Ying-Chun (為無為—謝英俊建築實踐展) is a survey of renowned Taiwanese architect Hsieh Ying-Chun (謝英俊). The term “act” in the title refers to Hsieh’s working method, which seeks to actualize the potential of collaboration between users, professionals and local construction collaborators. Hsieh is known for his projects that focus on post-disaster reconstruction, new rural and community-based development and his unique theories of tri-dimensional urban architecture. Nineteen years ago, the architect began his first post-disaster project with the Thao Tribe (邵族) of Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where he adapted “a holistic construction technology — a value system — of lightweight steel structure and co-operative construction,” according to the museum Web site. “More than merely post-disaster reconstruction and humanitarian aid, Hsieh’s work is a response to the equally urgent issue of contemporary social housing.” The show includes documentaries, images, multimedia presentations and archival material of past projects. Be sure to also check out the accompanying program of talks and educational activities.
■ Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (KMFA), 80 Meishuguan Rd, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市美術館路80號), tel: (07) 555-0331. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30am to 5:30pm.
■ Until Feb. 10
Photo Courtesy of Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
Until this summer, when the idea of hiking the length of the island first occurred to me, I didn’t even know that Cijin (旗津) had been a peninsula until 1967. That’s when diggers and dredgers severed Cijin from Taiwan’s “mainland,” because the authorities wished to create a southern entrance to Kaohsiung’s fast expanding port. The island is just under 9km long, but a bit of research quickly convinced me that a south-to-north trek wasn’t a good idea. The southern third of Cijin is dominated by container-lifting cranes, warehouses and other facilities off-limits to the public. Dunhe Street (敦和街) forms the boundary between
As if the climbs and views and snacks and companions of cycling in Taiwan aren’t sufficient, the GPS-generation of route-planners are now using apps such as Strava and Endomondo to create works of art as they ride. One such is nicknamed the Dove Road of Sijhih (汐鴿路), a 25km ride that follows the riverside bike path from the Nangang-Neihu Bridge (南湖橋) to New Taipei City’s Sijhih District (汐止), climbs around 400m up the Sijhih-Shiding Road (汐碇路), before dropping back down past Academia Sinica to generate a very dove-like pattern. Originally called Kippanas by indigenous Ketagalan people and transliterated into Hoklo (more commonly
Sept. 28 to Oct . 4 A large number of 3000-year-old slate coffins were unearthed on a hill near Nanhe Village (南和村) in Pingtung County on Sept. 30, 1985. Unfortunately, the United Daily News (聯合報) noted that they had been seriously damaged by construction, and no artifacts or human remains were found. Although the newspaper called the find a “significant discovery,” little information can be gleaned about this specific site because it’s just one of countless locations where stone sarcophagi have been unearthed across southern and eastern Taiwan, and as north as Yilan County. These stone receptacles for the dead were
Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a way urban households can obtain healthy produce, while helping to build a more sustainable farming sector in Taiwan. King Hsin-i’s (金欣儀) transformation from advertising copywriter to social entrepreneur began in 2008, when she visited a rice farmer who practiced pesticide-free agriculture. “He explained that we have to leave space for other species. At the same time, I realized that while big companies have budgets to spread their messages, farmers have few chances to tell the public about their beautiful concepts,” she recalls. Inspired, she quit her job and traveled throughout rural Taiwan for a year. King went