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Iranian artist works with Taipei officials on video

CULTURAL CONCEPTThe artwork will take the form of a talk show and will feature local politicians offering a rundown of cultural issues with an Iranian moderator


Iranian artist Shahab Fotouhi will collaborate with local politicians to create a video artwork to be presented both on cable TV and at the Taipei Biennial at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum next month.

The work, titled Elevator Pitch, will take the form of a talk show and provide a quick overview of cultural issues in Taipei. Fotouhi invited Iranian curator Tirdad Zolghadr to appear as a moderator in the video, which will also include former Council for Cultural Affairs chairwoman Tchen Yu-chiou (陳郁秀) and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Joanna Lei (雷倩). The group will discuss cultural issues such as the Taipei International Floral Exhibition and this year’s Taipei Biennial.

Before recording at the Unique Satellite TV studio in Taipei on Monday afternoon, Zolghadr said that the concept of the video was not inspired by local TV shows, but was based on similar works the artist has previously presented about Iranian political issues.

With the involvement of local politicians and the use of a real TV network, Fotouhi will blur the line between art and reality, museum organizers said.

Lei said she hoped through her participation to emphasize the importance of collaboration.

“We should cooperate to elevate competitiveness while holding the floral expo and the biennial at the same time,” she said.

Tchen, an artist herself, stressed the importance of the public becoming involved in the arts.

The 25-minute program will air on Sept. 4 at 11am on Unique Satellite TV, channel 58, and be presented at the exhibition, which runs from Sept. 7 through Nov. 14. The work will be shown among 38 other works by 24 artists, as well a section entitled Artist Cinema that will include 38 films.

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