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Art exhibition listings

By Sheryl Cheung  /  Contributing Writer

■ Taipei Fine Arts Museum (台北市立美術館 TFAM), 181, Zhongshan N Rd Sec 3, Taipei (台北市中山北路三段181號), tel: (02) 2595-7656. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30am to 5:30pm and until 8:30pm on Saturdays

■ Until April 14

Invalid Time/Space (失效的時-間) is a four-person show about artistic explorations of time and space. In the exhibition preface, curator Chen Hsiang-wen (陳湘汶) describes the role of artists “as magicians hiding in the dark” who offer an escape beyond conventional frameworks of reality. According to Chen, the artworks open up new sensual experiences by temporarily suspending our usual understandings of space and time. Chang Nai-jen’s (張乃仁) Rise and Circle the Mounds (起身繞著土丘) is a shamanic drum machine that beats without the need of a performer. The automated instrument carries out a ritual that is usually meant to mediate between the human and spirit worlds. Tsai Yi-ting’s (蔡宜婷) An endless history and its laws — Weightlessness is a kinetic sculpture that involves a rotating magnetic belt and a set of screws. The operation of this work is a commentary on the relationship between individual and society. Kou Tak-leong’s (高德亮) Coordinate series — Air conditioner (座標系列—空調系統) is a light installation that makes the flow of air visible by the use of laser beams. Lin Hsu-yu’s (林書瑜) Eclipse (蝕) uses a moving light source to explore the relationship between objects and illumination.

■ Digital Art Center (台北數位藝術中心), 180, Fuhua Rd, Taipei City (台北市福華路180號), tel: (02) 7736-0708. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm

■ Until Jan. 26

The Fourth Age of Man — Contemporary Art in Jinguashi (水金九礦山當代藝術展) is the first contemporary art exhibition hosted by the Gold Museum in New Taipei City’s Jinguashi (金瓜石). The museum, established in 2004, is situated on the grounds of the former Taiwan Metal Mining Corporation, a state-run business that once processed the gold and copper excavated from the area. Their activities ceased in the 1970’s with the draining of mineral resources caused by a long history of excavation. While the museum focuses its efforts on preserving and promoting the cultural heritage and history of Jinguashi, in the past it has also invited contemporary artists to participate in residency projects and carry out site-specific works. The present show features a selection of art projects that relate to the history of mining and its social impact on communities. Liu Yu’s (劉玗) Nameless (名字不為人所知) is a three-channel video installation that explores the personal histories of people involved in mining communities. These oral accounts attest to the lived experiences that are often sidelined by official narratives, according to the curatorial preface. Other exhibition highlights include the works of Chen I-chun (陳依純), Hsu Chia-wei (許家維) and Liao Chien-chung (廖建忠), which were commissioned by the museum.

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