Minuit, French for midnight, is the title of Taipei-based French journalist Hubert Kilian’s (余白) exhibition on what his neighborhood looks like at dusk. Starting in 2010, Kilian took long walks every week on the streets of Taipei and New Taipei City, photographing employees on overtime and other citizens of a sometimes thrilling, sometimes melancholy nocturnal world.
■ Floor 8 — Contemporary Art Space (八樓當代藝術空間), 8F, 21, Ln 19, Shuangcheng St, Taipei City (台北市雙城街19巷21號8樓), tel: (02) 2597-5919, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm, closed on Mondays
■ Until Dec. 25
Humanism is a philosophy that calls man rational and unified. Post-humanism declares man the opposite: irrational and capable of forging self-identity out of conflicting realities. In Post-humanist Desire (後人類慾望), 25 artists including Victoria Vesna, Patricia Piccinini and Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork interpret what people would want out of life in the post-human era and what next-generation gender identities might be. Curated by Ming Turner, the exhibition features sculptures, prints, wire art and other media, as well as DIY workshops and symposiums tomorrow and Sunday. To register, visit www.mocataipei.org.tw.
■ MOCA Studio, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (MOCA, Taipei), 39 Changan W Rd, Taipei City (台北市長安西路39號), tel: (02) 2552-3720. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm. Admission: NT$50
■ Opens Saturday. Until Jan. 12
2013 Taiwan Photo (台灣攝影藝術博覽) is a large-scale show of photo-based artwork, as well as museum-quality contemporary, modern and 19th-century original prints. On show are 60 artists such as Jock Sturges and Hirokawa Taishi, brought together by the 1839 Contemporary Gallery.
■ Culture Hall (文化會館) at 6F of Shinkong Mitsukoshi (新光三越), 11 Songshou Rd, Taipei City ( 台北市松壽路11號), tel: (02) 2778-8458, today to Sunday from 11am to 9pm, Monday from 11am to 6pm, regular admission: NT$180
■ Opens today. Until Monday
(flare-s) is Chen Ching-yuan’s (陳敬元) solo exhibition about Taiwan’s politics and self-identity. In one of Chen’s elaborate animations, tiny people wave flickering emergency lights from boats that bob on a dark sea, in what is both “a celebration as well as a rescue call for help,” according to the gallery notes. Chen also brings a new series of oil paintings titled Flare, which infuses gloomy subjects — like a waiter bussing soiled dishes, or a leashed golden bull — with a pale and treacly light.
■ TKG+ Projects, 4F, 15, Ln 548, Ruiguang Road, Taipei City (台北市瑞光路548巷15號4樓), tel: (02) 2659-0798, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm, closed on Mondays
■ Until Dec. 29
Suspending on the Surface of Speed (懸置在速度的表面) is a solo exhibition based on characters from the 75-year-old British children’s comic, Beano. Completed by Agi Chen (陳怡潔) during her artist-in-residency in the UK, the solo show has as its centerpiece a set of painted discs, creating on a spinning board, that track the evolution of the comic ‘s color palette over the years.
■ IT Park Gallery (伊通公園), 2F-3F, 41 Yitong St, Taipei City (台北市伊通街41號2-3樓). Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 1pm to 10pm. Tel: (02) 2507-7243
■ Until Dec. 14