Blog, TC 2016

Excursions Taipei

Treasure Hill Artist Village

Treasure Hill Artist Village Located along the Xindian River in Taipei’s Gongguan district, Treasure Hill Artist Village is situated in a historical milieu centered on Treasure Hill Temple, a municipal historical site, and extending generally to the surrounding settlement. Illegal shanties, erected mainly in the 1960s and 1970s, meander up the natural slope, haphazard and intricate, forming one of Taiwan’s unique visual landmarks. In 2004 Treasure Hill Temple was formally registered as a historical building, and preservation efforts began as part of a community revitalization program. At the end of 2006, the Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs initiated renovations of this historical quarter, and Treasure Hill Artist Village officially opened on October 2, 2010. It currently is engaged in three major projects: historical community preservation work, an Artist-in-Residence program, and Treasure Hill Traveler’s Hostel. By making art an essential part of residential life, the settlement of Treasure Hill is gaining a rich, complex image. Treasure Hill Artist Village serves as a platform of interaction between artists and local residents, infusing Treasure Hill with fresh vitality.

The Cube Project Space

TheCube Project Space is an independent art space devoted to the research, production and presentation of contemporary art. Located in a 50-year old apartment building on a bustling alley next to a traditional market in south Taipei, TheCube has held its programs since opening in April 2010, including curatorial art projects, individual and collective works, public forums, screenings and publications.

Toad Mountain

Toad Mountain is the name given to a hill near Gongguan with a military installation on top of it. You can easily see the red and white radar antenna on the peak from Roosevelt Road and Taida University. Toad Mountain is also the name given to the military dependents village at the base of the mountain on Roosevelt Road Lane 119. …

 Taipei Biennal – Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Gestures and archives of the present, genealogies of the future
:A new lexicon for the biennial

With contributions from more than eighty artists, the Taipei Biennial 2016 presents a rich, five-month long artistic program interweaving exhibitions, performances, screenings, symposiums, readings, conferences, and workshops in ongoing collaborations with various cultural and educational Taiwanese institutions.1

Gestures and Archives of the Present, Genealogies of the Future aims to explore the museum’s catalytic role in navigating between knowledge systems and in the experience of trans-artistic practices and research in societal configurations that take into consideration cultural paradigm shifts. Treating the biennial as a matrix, an organic whole with its various forms, intensities, rhythms, and traces, it engages “performing the archives, performing the architecture, performing the retrospective” and the invention of narrative apparatuses and reflexive images in relation to artistic productions and practices of thought with a firm grip on historical conditions and realities, which play along with or resist realities to come, or whose advent is impossible. …