Issue 36

Editor’s note

On my first visit to Taiwan in 2014, at the invitation of dear friends, I was delighted with the land and its people who squashed all stereotypical views I’d heard, of it being a bland economic power, an industrial island of factories and smoke. Taiwan, in 35 years since the 80s, has in fact, evolved into a region of not just self-reliant prosperity but that of clean air, impeccably pristine and aesthetic public spaces, organised streets, a delightful array of cuisine and a marvelously efficient high speed railway system. Above all, Taiwan’s people are gentle and gracious.

In this issue

  • NAVIGATING A TENUOUS HISTORY By the editor
    It was since the Japanese colonisation that Art in Taiwan evolved aesthetically and conceptually in its practice. And through...
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  • SONG OF THE FOREST By Wang Wen-chih
    Wang Wen-chih’s oeuvre occupies a unique place in the globalised landscape of contemporary art, defying attempts at classification by...
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  • KINSHIP WITH EARTH BY Sakuliu Pavavalung
    Sakuliu Pavavalung from Taiwan’s Paiwan tribe is one of the leading contemporary indigenous artists of today. As...
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  • 18/1-PA1
    SONG OF PENSIVE BEHOLDING Text Co-written by Steve Bradbury
    Following Miroirs de Vie and Hymne aux Fleurs qui Passent, choreographer LIN Lee-chen presents the final work of the...
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  • DEFYING GRAVITY
    Cloud Gate Theatre was founded in 1973 by Lin Hwai-min who is its creative force. Since then, Cloud Gate...
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  • IN TUNE WITH TAIWAN By Wang Ying-fen
    Although the indigenous inhabitants of Taiwan are less than two percent of the population today, each ethnic group has...
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  • THE POOR MAN’S OPERA By Robin Eric Ruizendaal
    Glove puppetry had its origins, it is believed, in China during the 1300s. Later, in the early1600s, droves of...
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  • BEING THERE….AND NOT THERE By Chang Chao-tang
    The arts… painting and sculpture, music, cinema and literature have always fascinated me. I have been particularly partial to...
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  • MULTIPLE DIALOGUES By Chen Chieh-jen
    After the end of martial law in 1987, I ceased my practice of video installations and other art activities...
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  • NATION & CULTURE: SHIFTING BOUNDARIES By Pan An-yi
    Taiwan’s contemporary art has been inextricably intertwined with its political and cultural environments. Since World War II, Taiwan has...
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  • NOSTALGIA / THE LANGLOIS BRIDGE By Yu Guang Zhong
    Translated by Cecil Hemley When I was a child, Nostalgia seemed a small stamp: “Here am I And there …my mother.” Then I...
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