Wu Shang-lin’s (吳尚霖) multimedia installation Rite of Silence (內觀感) examines photography in the age of digitization. Wu asks if images can be trusted in an era when they are easily modified and copied. Rite of Silence looks at these questions by taking a closer look at encounters with photographic subjects and the “moment of serenity” that occurs after a photograph has been composed and right before the shutter button is pressed.
■ Fotoaura (海馬迴光畫館), 2F, 83, Chenggong Rd, Tainan City (台南市成功路83號2樓), tel: (06)222-3495. Open Wednesdays to Sunday from 1pm to 8pm.
■ Until Nov. 4
The National Museum of History’s (國立歷史博物館) A Friend for Zephyr (涼友招清風) showcases its collection of fan paintings from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. While fans served a practical purpose, they also became a favorite art medium for scholar-intellectuals. Fans featured poems written in calligraphy or paintings carefully composed to fit within a semi-circular shape. This exhibition will include more than 40 fan paintings.
■ National Museum of History (國立歷史博物館), 49 Nanhai Rd, Taipei City (台北市南海路49號), tel: (02) 2361-0270. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm. General admission is NT$30
■ Until Nov. 25
In between, TRANSLATION is a solo exhibition of sculpture by Korean artist Meekyoung Shin, who is known for using industrial soap as her artistic medium. This show will focus on Shin’s Translation Series, including works based on the famous Jade Cabbage. Shin’s other soap carvings look at the re-contextualization of art history by referencing classic ceramics and Greek statues.
■ MOT Arts, 3F, 22, Fuxing S Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市復興南路一段22號3樓), tel: (02) 2751-8088. Open daily from 11am to 9pm
■ Until Nov. 18
The composer composes the future so that the composition leaves the traces of the future which the future won’t leave is Wang Hong-kai’s (王虹凱) first solo exhibition in Taiwan. The show draws from her research into listening and sounds as forms of cognitive organization. It is structured as a “polyphonic space” consisting of collaborative projects and a live performance that will lead visitors through works by musicians ranging from Bach to American avant-garde composer Robert Ashley, as well as sounds produced by sugar factory workers in Wang’s hometown of Yunlin.
■ 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.
■ Opening performance on Saturday. Until Nov. 4
Artdoor Gallery is hosting a retrospective of landscape paintings by artist Wu Yin-sheng (吳英聲). Created using vivid color palettes and broad, slashing brushstrokes, Wu’s depictions capture both the nostalgia and anxiety felt by Taiwanese people as they contemplate the nation’s rapid changes.
■ Art Door Gallery (藝境畫廊), 5F, 36, Ln 164, Hulin St, Taipei City (台北市虎林街164巷36號5樓), tel: (02) 2345-6773. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 2pm to 7pm
■ Until Nov. 11