Fri, Nov 16, 2007 - Page 4 News List

City on the Move festival to show Taipei perspective

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Beer crates form an art installation at Chien Kuo beer factory yesterday in Taipei. The factory is the venue of the ``City on the Move'' Art Festival organized by the city's Department of Cultural Affairs.

PHOTO: CNA

The 2007 City on the Move art festival kicked off today at Taipei Brewery, with more than 20 artists from around the world sharing their perspectives on the city at its oldest brewery through images, sound and music.

The festival, which runs through Nov. 30, explores the theme "City Fables," and Taipei City's Cultural Affairs Department has invited audiovisual artists from Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Brazil, Australia and Taiwan to present live performances, combining the most cutting-edge electronic music, sound and digital images.

"The City on the Move festival aims to bring the arts and urban culture to the people, making art more friendly and approachable for residents," Lee Yong-ping (李永萍), commissioner of the department, said yesterday when announcing the festival at the brewery.

Festival organizer Jo Hsiao (蕭淑文) said the brewery was built in the early 20th century and had witnessed the development of the city, which made it the perfect location to host the festival.

Sharing their work yesterday at the brewery, Lai Chun-yu (賴俊羽) and Wen Tzu-chieh (溫子捷) used more than 2,000 beer crates to build a quadrangular space. Eight beer bottles hanging from the top of the space were for visitors to pick up and listen to the sound they create.

Another four bottles were installed on the four walls of the space, and visitors can peer through the mouth of the bottles and see images of road signs from around the city and major buildings including Taipei City Hall and the Presidential Office, but with simplified Chinese characters.

"We replaced the characters of the signs and buildings with Simplified Chinese. It's a displacement of spaces between China and Taiwan, and an imaginary space that does not exist," Lai said.

Yang Jun (楊俊), another artist from Austria, documented the urban nightscape and the development of the city using 16mm film.

The festival, which begins with a live performance at 8pm tonight, will be open from 9am to 9pm each day and will feature Taiwanese musician Lim Giong (林強) and Ryoichi Kurokawa, an audiovisual artist living in Osaka.

The festival ends on Nov. 30.

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