This week you have TWO opportunities to check out live performances screenings of contemporary Taiwanese video art thanks to tamtamART!
BERLIN tamtam ART is an association dedicated to international cultural exchange and the advancement of Taiwanese Contemporary Art in Berlin. In recent years, TamtamartTaipei had widened its geographic scope to connect with Asia countries through exhibitions at The ART SHELTER AND CINEMA and the (CON)TEMPORARY OSMOSIS - Audiovisual Media Festival.
The events this week are tamtam's first screenings in Seoul and they are going to be amazing. Both events will have English subtitles and they are FREE- please donate some won and support the arts! Works include soundscape, Machinima (animation created using software similar to that designed for making comuter and video games), documentary, 2D.& 3D animation, and video art. There will be live performances at both events!
A taste of what's in store for you:
Pacific Romance, by YuJun YE and Alexis MAILLES, is a performance art project that includes a fictional band, a love story, and protagonists lost in the middle of the Pacific.
"What do laborers who work in factories and out of doors do when they lose their right to employment? How do they maintain a degree of dignity in the shadow of a Capitalist behemoth spewing chicanery and premeditating murder?" I-Chun Chen asks these question in Little Black's Whole Life in the Factory.
The term black dog has special meaning in Taiwanese culture. According to the artist, "The black dog, commonplace in Taiwan’s industrial districts, has become a classic symbol, as a propagation and evolution of the Taiwanese mountain dog. “Little Black” refers to the dog-headed characters in the projection work, and is also a common nickname in rural Taiwan for those with darker skin. Many laborers work under conditions of extreme heat in the factories, or under the sun without any protection, and “Little Black” has become a term of endearment that conveys friendliness in the underground industrial districts."
In an industrial wasteland, two teams of young artists set up a survival game. At first, the video evokes a fiction; it then shifts to a news image eventually questioning history and the game itself.
From the artist, Chien-Cheng Hou, "All the others was quite spontaneously formulated. I did not rehearse the performance recorded for the piece, and everything happened without a script. I have always been driven by ‘recorded performances’ in which the performance itself is the essence of the work. It's quite different from a video art that is devoted to pure images, sound, light. I love hidden narratives and performative sculptures. This work is actually autobiographical, as most of my works are, it deals with the isolation that I feel from time to time as a foreigner living in Europe.
All the Others is a work of reflection to all. It could be me on that staircase, it could be you or anyone of us. This kind of ‘reflecting dialogue’ is often generated with my artistic production. This piece discusses individual and collective experiences. These experiences are both contemporary and historical and, inside them, the work addresses issues such as social status, identity, transculturalism and portraiture. All the Others confronts these issues with silence; a visual silence of an individual. This ‘silence’ connects and conveys these issues."