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Where the Wild Things Are : Taipei Biennial

Posted in about Art, about Photography, about Video Art by sylvielin on April 11, 2013
Extract : 
As Franke states, the show addresses the need to “break free from the ‘frame’ of colonial modernity and its narratives, its way of describing the world, and the need to tell different histories of modernity (… ) ”. He writes, “The idea is to make an exhibition that shifts between fiction and historical analysis, just as the identity, or face of the ‘monster’ in this exhibition constantly changes.” (1) The entire repertoire consists of contributions from around 43 artists (a third of the works were commissioned for the Biennial) and several “mini-museums.” It features some of the most interesting Taiwanese artists such as Kao Chung-Li (高重黎) whose “Taste of Human Flesh,” an audio-visual installation with slide show and audio cassette, reveals the story of his father who got shot during the civil war in China around 1948. The work employs a mixture of images including archival photos, footage, hand-drawn animation; the work is narrated from the point of view of the bullet that remains inside the father’s body, voicing an overall criticism on the political and economic mutations which are brought on in times of war, colonization and globalization. (2)”

(Originally published on 2012.12.20. Read the entire article : http://www.randian-online.com/np_review/where-the-wild-things-are-taipei-biennial/)
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Changing Faces of the Monster: Taipei Biennial 2012

Posted in about Art, about Photography, about Video Art by sylvielin on April 11, 2013

Review by Sylvie Lin, published in Yishu journal, Volume 12, Number 2, March/April 2013. More info :
http://yishu-online.com/browse-articles/?661

Extract :
A Symptomatic Mirror
In his curatorial statement Franke writes, “The systemic aspect of modernity is willfully ignorant of culture and human relations, and this is its strength, and its anonymous monstrosity.” The Taipei Biennial 2012 represented an attempt to disclose the multiple incarnations of the monster of modernity that lie under the masks of rationality, progress, culture, or, in their more advanced and elaborated forms, as colonialism, internationalism, neoliberalism, and globalization. Each of the works and the Mini-Museums in the show tackled a certain aspect of the monstrosity, as if holding up a symptomatic mirror that revealed the processes, causes, and possible fictions around the great myth called modernity.”

Art-Making as a Living Condition:Tehching Hsieh

Posted in Uncategorized by sylvielin on April 11, 2013

I wouldn’t say my work is autobiographical. My illegal experiences in the States did make me consider those who live at the bottom of society. I intended to transform this consideration into a philosophical approach. A person living at the bottom might show his pains and his resentments politically. But as an artist, he should have the ability to transform basic living conditions into art works in which to ponder life, art and being.”––Tehching Hsieh *

(Quote from Out of Now. The Lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh, co-authored by Adrian Heathfield, Tehching Hsieh, etc. MIT Press, 2008.)

*Article originally published on 2012.04.24 on Randian(燃點) website. Read the entire article at http://www.randian-online.com/np_feature/art-making-as-a-living-condition/