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Cloud Gate Kicks Off 2022 US Tour in October with CHENG Tsung-lung's 13 TONGUES
2022/09/26
As the COVID pandemic is receding after two years, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan will resume its first overseas tour in the US in October, with its current Artistic Director CHENG Tsung-lung’s 13 Tongues. Inspired by CHENG’s childhood memories of Taipei’s oldest district, Bangka, 13 Tongues is full of the vivacity of street life and the imagination of people living there.

The tour is scheduled to kick off Oct. 1 in Houston, Texas, followed by performances on Oct. 6 in Palo Alto, California; Oct. 14-15 in Chicago, Illinois; Oct. 20-22 in Washington, D.C.; Oct. 26 in Costa Mesa, California; and Oct. 29-30 in Berkeley, California.

Founded in 1973 by internationally renowned choreographer Lin Hwai-min, Cloud Gate is acclaimed as “Asia’s leading contemporary dance theater” (The Times) and “One of the best dance companies in the world” (FAZ).

To know more about the creative process and Taiwan’s culture used in 13 Tongues, welcome to see the documentary “Behind the Scenes: Creation of 13 Tongues.

For event and ticketing information on Cloud Gate's US tour, please visit Cloud Gate's website: https://www.cloudgate.org.tw/en/cg/latest-show.

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Tsai Ming-liang to Make First Visit to US in Over a Decade
2022/09/25
Tsai Ming-liang, the world-renowned avant-garde director, will make his first public visit to the United States in over a decade. Tsai has been invited by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art in Washington D.C., the Harvard Film Archive in Cambridge, the University of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The momentous occasion will be accompanied by major retrospective programs at these cultural organizations to showcase Tsai’s cinema.

From September 30 through October 24, Tsai will be joined by actor Lee Kang-sheng and Anong Houngheuangsy, both of whom are featured in his latest film, “Days,” for visits to Chicago, Washington D.C., Cambridge, and New York City. The retrospective programs will screen 21 Tsai’s works over his 30-year career, including 2021 short films “The Night” and “The Moon and the Tree.” Tsai will give a special talk/performance titled “Improvisations on the Memory of Cinema,” which incorporates storytelling, drawing, and reminiscing over his life and work, to audiences in Washington D.C. and New York City. First presented at the Venice Film Festival in 2019, this partially improvised event serves as an intimate self-portrait of an artist at work.

Moreover, MoMA announced that the museum has acquired one of Tsai’s masterpieces, “Face,” which was commissioned by the Louvre and shot largely within the museum’s premises in 2009. According to MoMA, “With the world-renowned art collection as its backdrop, Face is a gorgeously shot and composed work filled with dreamy sequences that resemble performance art installations.”

In response to the news, Tsai shared that “It is like a dream come true since I have always wanted to bring my films to museums.” Tsai has devoted himself to the creation of contemporary art in recent years, and he believes that films are also a form of artwork. For the upcoming US retrospectives and tour, Tsai said that he feels very honored to receive invitations from major art and academic institutions in the United States. While Tsai doesn’t consider himself to be a prolific film director, each and every film he’s produced has received critical acclaim at home and abroad. With the company of Lee and Houngheuangsy, “I can imagine this journey will be memorable,” Tsai added.

A leading filmmaker of contemporary Chinese-language cinema, Tsai Ming-Liang has produced one of the most striking cinematic oeuvres of the past quarter-century. Malaysian by birth, Taiwanese by residence, internationally funded but belonging to nowhere in particular, Tsai’s moody, pensive, deadpan films are haunted by loss, failure, and broken attachments. But these films are not mere exercises in nostalgia: collaging the fragments of contemporary life into a cinema of alienation, precarity, and queerness, Tsai’s slow style and serial characters iterate and interrogate all the ways attachment falls short amid the austerity, inequality, and increasing uncertainty rapidly proliferating in the margins of modernity.

Tsai’s US tour was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, but it was postponed due to the pandemic.

The tour is made possible by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture.


For screening schedules and program details:

The University of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University: https://www.tsai2020.com/

Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art in Washington, D.C.: https://asia.si.edu/events-overview/films/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Dseries%26seriesid%3D1485281

Harvard Film Archive: https://harvardfilmarchive.org/programs/the-face-of-time-recent-films-by-tsai-ming-liang

The Museum of Modern Art: https://www.moma.org/calendar/film/5204
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Taiwanese Author Kevin Chen to Give Author Talks in the US
2022/09/22

From October 24-27, Taiwanese author Kevin Chen (陳思宏) will give four author talks in New York and Washington, D.C., to discuss his best-selling novel, Ghost Town (鬼地方).

Ghost Town won multiple literary awards after its release in Taiwan in 2019, and it has already been translated into English, Korean, Vietnamese, Italian, and other languages. The English version, translated by Darryl Sterk, was first published by Europa Editions in the UK this August and will be available in the US on October 25.

The story is about a small town in Taiwan’s countryside and a family haunted by its own ghosts. The protagonist, Chen Tien-Hong, has just been released from prison after killing his boyfriend, and he returns from Berlin to his desolate hometown, Yongjing, the same place he fled years ago to escape from family expectations and seek acceptance as a gay man. He arrives during the Ghost Festival, a traditional Taiwanese festival in which it is said that the gates of hell are wide open, adding hellish elements to Chen’s and his five sisters’ lives. The story is told through a number of voices–both living and dead–and moves back and forth through time. As the story evolves, readers come closer to the crux of the family’s dysfunction and piece together why Chen committed the murder.

The novel has attracted global attention and was listed in the New York Times’ 2022 Booklist, “33 Works of Fiction and Poetry Coming This Fall.” The Booklist review stated that “Author Kevin Chen has done a masterful job of managing his material, creating multidimensional characters, a beautifully realized setting, and an apposite surprise ending.”

Kevin Chen began his career as an actor, starring in Taiwanese and German films such as Ghosted, Kung Bao Huhn, and Global Player. Now a writer based in Berlin, Germany, he has published several novels and short story collections, including Attitude, Flower from Fingernail, Ghosts by Torchlight, Rebellious Berlin, and Three Ways to Get Rid of Allergies. Ghost Town is Kevin Chen’s first novel to be released in English.

With the support of Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Kevin Chen will visit New York Public Library, Hunter College, Queens Public Library-Bayside, and George Washington University in October to discuss Ghost Town.

 

Author Talks: Kevin Chen


New York Public Library

Time: Monday, October 24, 2:00-3:00 pm ET (virtual and in-person)

Venue: Room 304 at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) and online via Zoom

Event Page: https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2022/10/24/author-talk-kevin-chen

 

Queens Public Library

Time: Tuesday, October 25, 4:00-5:45 pm ET (in-person)

Venue: Queens Public Library-Bayside

* This event includes a book sale/signing

Event Page: https://www.queenslibrary.org/calendar/meet-kevin-chen-author-of-ghost-town/003637-0922

Hunter College

Time: Wednesday, October 26, 2:30-4:00 pm ET (in-person)

Venue: The Leona & Marcy Chanin Language Center, B126 (Hunter West Building)

Event Page: https://hunter.cuny.edu/event/taiwan-berlin-and-the-ghost-town-a-conversation-with-the-international-writer-kevin-chen/

 

George Washington University

Time: Thursday, October 27, 4:30-6:00 pm ET (in-person)

Venue: George Washington University



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Inaugural participants named for ISPA's Taiwan Fellowship Program
2022/09/03
Taiwanese independent project manager Hsu Tzu-yin (許慈茵) and co-founder and creative producer of the Small Island Big Song (小島大歌) project BaoBao Chen (陳玟臻) have been selected to participate in the "2023-2025 Taiwan Fellowship Program" of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA).

Hsu and Chen will take part in the ISPA's annual meeting, which will be held in New York, US, for three consecutive years starting from 2023. Aside from building deep international social networks, they will also assist Taiwanese performing artists and groups in gaining more opportunities for international collaborations and exchanges.

According to the jury of ISPA, Hsu has a definite plan and clear goal for participating in the program. In addition to actively engaging with the program participants from all over the world to spark inspiration, she also hopes that she will be able to build up a social network and propose a concrete plan for international collaborations. As for the other participant, Chen's experience of organizing the Small Island Big Song project that connects Taiwanese and Austronesian indigenous culture and her novel concept of environmental protection allowed her to join the program. She will share her personal experience at ISPA’s annual meeting.

The members of the jury include ISPA Chief Executive Officer David Baile, member of ISPA's board of directors Cindy Hwang (黃思緯), Taiwanese independent performing arts producer Wang Hsu-ping (王序平), who was selected for the ISPA Global Fellowship Program, and Chang Hui-chun (張惠君), the director of the Taipei Cultural Center (TCC) in New York.

In a collaboration between the Taipei Cultural Center in New York and ISPA, the program received applications from 20 performing arts administrators from Taiwan. The age of applicants ranges from 30 to 45 years old, and they all have worked in the field of performing arts for five to fifteen years.

ISPA is a global network of more than 500 leaders in the performing arts with representation from more than 185 cities and all regions of the globe. ISPA members include facilities, performing arts organizations, artist managers, festivals, funders, consultants and other professionals working in the performing arts. Taiwan is the 12th participating country after Singapore, the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Denmark, and others.
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Chen Uen to Feature at Summer Screenings Program on September 7
2022/09/02
Chen Uen (千年一問), a documentary that focuses on graphic novelist Chen Uen (鄭問), will come to the Chicago Cultural Center on September 7 at 6:30 pm. This visually stunning film not only depicts Chen’s fascinating story, but also brings his extraordinary, colorful, and unrestrained artwork to life through animation. The screening is open to the public, and free tickets are available online.

The screening is presented by Cinema/Chicago, together with Taipei Cultural Center in New York, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago, and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. It is being presented as part of the Summer Screenings Program, a free film series that casts a spotlight on a different country’s national cinema every week.

According to Cinema/Chicago, this year’s theme is adaptation. Since the invention of cinema, movies have drawn inspiration from art forms of all kinds. Whether its faithful renderings of popular novels or radical re-imaginings of historical events, film can create vast, visual worlds while telling the stories that matter to us most.

Chen Uen (鄭問) was the pen name of Cheng Chin-wen (鄭進文), who died of a heart attack in 2017. Chen was an enigmatic talent known for drawing from traditional Chinese wuxia narratives to create his distinctive graphic designs. This film depicts Chen’s life story by representing his works and interviewing over 50 of the most prestigious art talents, including Tetsuya Chiba (千葉徹彌), Ryoichi Ikegami (池上遼一), Wing Shing Ma (馬榮成), Yilang Huang (黃玉郎), and Andrew Lau (劉偉強).

Director Wan-Jo Wang (王婉柔) fully captured the essence of the era during each stage of Chen’s life through music, framing, and recreated scenes. Even the backdrops to the talking heads were carefully designed to echo Chen’s artwork at times, making the entire film a visual feast to enjoy.

“I want to feature Chen as a human being, rather than an artist or a comic author,” Director Wang said, while adding that the film reveals some of the secrets of Chen’s creative process. Multiple interviewees mention that they would have been “silenced” for sharing these details if Chen were alive. According to Wang, “Chen is the kind of person who lived his life to the fullest to pursue excellence. It seemed like he lived during the wrong time. It was a pity to know that he missed opportunities to achieve greater success, but he wouldn’t be such an inspiration to a generation of Taiwanese artists if the situation was not the case.”

The screening will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center on September 7 at 6:30 pm. Doors for the screening will open to the public at 5:45 pm. Professor Wenhwa Ts’ao (曹文華) of Columbia College Chicago and Director John Lin (林逸) of TECO in Chicago’s Education Division will be participating in an in-person post-screening discussion. For more information, please visit: https://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/film/chen-uen/

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Taiwanese new media artist Hsin-Chien Huang's first solo exhibition in New York,
2022/09/01
This solo exhibition is curated by Linda Lauro-Lazin, who is an assistant chairperson of digital arts at Pratt Institute. It will showcase Hsin-Chien Huang's VR projects that win numerous awards, including, ”Samsara”(輪迴) , the best VR Project award at the Zagreb World Animation Film Festival 2022; ”Bodyless” (失身記), awarded the jury’s Honorary Mention prize in the Computer Animation category from Prix Ars Electronica; ”To the Moon” (登月) co-created by Huang and Laurie Anderson and ”Through the Body” (穿越身體). This is Huang’s first large and major solo show in North America in recent years.

Another highlight of the exhibition is his stainless steel sculpture “Yun Kong” (蘊空), which is consist of three pieces, “the Barricade”, “The Bunker” and “The Monument” The series is an example to show the fusion between metaverse and reality. The exhibition will show the public the current development of new media art as well as the strength of VR creation in Taiwan.

In advance of the exhibition public opening, a discussion and opening reception will be held in the Gallery at 7:00 pm on September 22, 2022. Nicholas Battis will be the host and Huang will talk about his creation and the trend of Taiwan's new media art.

The exhibition was sparked by Pratt Gallery artistic director Nicholas Battis who invited Huang to hold a solo exhibition at the school's Pratt Gallery in 2019. It was when Huang was a visiting scholar at Pratt Institute New York, where he taught and shared his passion for creating VR projects. It was well received by teachers and students.

About the artist, Hsin-Chien Huang
Hsin-Chien Huang is a new media creator with backgrounds in art, design, engineer, and electronic gaming. His career endeavor explores the possibilities of cutting-edge technologies in art, literature, design, and stage performance. His projects involve large-scale interdisciplinary interaction, performing, mechanical apparatus, algorithmic computations, and video installations.

Hsin-Chien's artworks have been exhibited in galleries, art museums, and art fairs throughout the world, including Venice Film Festival, Festival de Cannes, SXSW, Taipei Fine Art Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Shanghai Biennale, Venice Biennale, MoMA of New York, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, Ars Electronica Festival, Beijing 798, Insaartplaza Gallery in South Korea, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York, Transmediale in Germany, and 404 Festival of Electronic Art in Argentina, among others.

His works have won numerous awards at home and abroad including 2021, "Samsara" the Special Jury Prize of VRE - Virtual Reality Experience, Rome; 2020, "Bodyless", Golden Mask Award of New images Festival, Paris; 2020, the 7th Public Art Award of the Ministry of Culture, Taipei; 2017, " La Camera Insabbiata", the Best Virtual Reality Experience Award of 74th Venice Film Festival, Venice.

Hsin-Chien Huang's website

About the venue, Pratt Manhattan Gallery
Pratt Manhattan Gallery supports the educational goals of Pratt Institute by presenting exhibitions that reflect the interdisciplinary, research- and inquiry-based education that prepares Pratt students for success in creative fields and professional practice.

Pratt Manhattan Gallery website

Exhibition Information
Title: The Data We Called Home
Venue: Pratt Manhattan Gallery (144 West 14th St. New York, NY 10011)
VIP Preview & Opening: September 22, 2022
Exhibition: September 23, 2022 to March 2023

“Samsara”, Photo Courtesy of the Artists, Hsin-Chien Huang
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Taiwanese Writer Chi Ta-wei to Present The Membranes at TIFA 2022
2022/09/01
With the support of Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Taiwanese writer Chi Ta-wei (紀大偉) will participate in the 2022 Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) on September 30 and October 1, marking the fourth time that a Taiwanese writer has been invited to take part in the event.

Chi Ta-wei’s The Membranes (膜), originally written in Chinese, is a classic in the genre of queer speculative fiction. The novel takes place during the late 21st century in a high-tech future city, where human beings have migrated to domes beneath the sea and the concept of “gender” is meaningless because the body and brain are separated. The intriguing story portrays a young woman’s quest for self-understanding while exploring gender and sexuality, technological domination, and capitalism. First published in Taiwan in 1995, The Membranes was translated into English by Ari Larissa Heinrich and published by Columbia University Press in 2021.

Chi Ta-wei currently serves as an associate professor of Taiwanese literature at National Chengchi University. Chi’s award-winning creative writing ranges from science fiction to queer short stories, and his scholarly works focus on LGBT studies, disability studies, and Sinophone literary history. Taiwan has long enjoyed a legacy of queer and non-heteronormative literature since the lifting of martial law in 1987, and numerous LGBTQ+ authors have won the most prestigious literary awards and accolades, as Chi Ta-wei and The Membranes did in the 1990s. In recent years, Taiwan has become arguably the most progressive country in all of Asia for LGBT rights, with the country being the first in the region to legalize same-sex marriage in 2019.

At TIFA, Chi Ta-wei will share his commissioned short story in an event under the pandemic-related theme “We come back together, only to fall apart.” The short story will later be published digitally in English alongside 10 other writers around the world who have produced stories under the same theme. In addition, Chi will take part in a discussion about The Membranes, the future of queer identity, and the impact of capitalism.

TIFA, which has been taking place annually in the fall since 1974, is Canada’s largest and longest-running literary festival, providing the world’s leading contemporary authors with an internationally recognized forum to present their work. TIFA 2022 will be held from September 22 to October 2 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, with additional online offerings to complement the program.

TIFA 2022 Events Featuring Chi Ta-wei

Commissioned Reading (We Come Back Together: Chi Ta-wei)

Time: Friday, September 30, 1:30-2:00 pm
Location: Stage in the Park at Harbourfront Centre
Event Page

Discussion (The Future is Fluid: Chi Ta-wei)

Time: Saturday, October 1, 5:30-6:30 pm
Location: Lakeside Terrace at Harbourfront Centre
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