Sat, Jul 12, 2003 - Page 2 News List

Culture ministry says let us close `Pandora's box'

By Debby Wu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Council for Cultural Affairs and Taipei Arts International Association are inviting the public to create and exhibit artistic objects based on their SARS experiences. They want to help the public recuperate from the physical and psychological trauma suffered during the outbreak by holding a workshop called Packing SARS into Pandora's Box -- Black Box Operation Art Therapeutic Activities.

The workshop will provide the participants with a 30cm-high square black box with an opening on one side, and the participants' final creations should be able to fit inside the box. The participants should prepare their own materials.

"The things we put into the `Pandora's Box' are those we hope to lock up and never to let out again, like bad memories incurred by SARS,"said Tchen Yu-chiou (陳郁秀), the Council Chairwoman.

There are two workshop sessions: today from 10am to 12pm, and same time tomorrow. The public can register for free at 10 am today at Huashan Music House (華山音樂館).

The project should be finished within two days, and the house will be open for the purpose until July 14. All finished boxes will be on display from July 18 to July 27.

"In the past 114 days when we were haunted by SARS, people endured panic and anxiety all day long, and now some still cannot walk out of the shadow. Therefore, the Council is going to emphasize the psychological side of post-SARS reconstruction, offering art therapy as well as relief plans for arts groups," said Tchen.

To promote the workshop, the council has already invited several celebrities to work on their own black boxes, including DPP Legislator Lin Cho-shui (林濁水), SARS expert Yeh Chin-chuan (葉金川) and writer Chang Man-chuan (張曼娟).

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