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Art and Climate Change: An Unexplored Field of Collaboration
Green-collar workers have sought alliances with arts and cultural workers to invoke the power of storytelling, making climate science more approachable and mobilizing the masses to practice climate actions. However, the tendency of seeing arts and culture workers as “storytellers” among Green-collar workers reflects flaws in existing climate action, and is not what arts and culture workers expect to achieve through their work. Contemporary art’s way of responding conceptually and through artistic action also does not meet the green-collar workers’ expectations of “solving rather than responding to the issue.”
DATE2022.10.12
climate changenet-zero emissionsart action
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Beyond Military Legacy: The Multifaceted Heritage of Kinmen
The imprints left on Kinmen represent the values of ordinary residents fighting for survival between periods of war and peace, living by their traditional culture and pursuing peace, shaping a multi-dimensional cultural landscape. It involves not only the military battlefield heritage for which it is widely-known, but also the overlapped Southern Min and returned overseas Chinese cultural memories spanning in time and space.
DATE2022.09.21
returned overseas Chinese culturemuseumwartime culturecultural memoryKinmenSouthern Min culture
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More than a Music Festival: Artistic Actions and Attempts for Taiwan’s Historical Memory before Moving towards Co-existence
For Taiwan, an island with multiple ethnic groups and entangled history, perhaps there is still a long way to go in achieving genuine “co-existence.” At least to date, there remains nonetheless a group of people in Taiwan who strive to march forward.
DATE2022.08.03
228 Peace Memorial Dayhuman rightsGong Sheng Music FestivalmemoryTransitional Justice
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Culture Is Life: An Interview with GÔO Pik-uí of Àm-khenn Culture Studio
The Àm-khenn Culture Studio set up by GÔO Pik-uí is a base for inquiring, tracing, and cataloging its cultural and anthropological heritage, identifying with the “Àm-khenn person” in the promotion of Àm-khenn culture.
DATE2022.07.21
regional revitalizationcultural workÀm-khenn Culture Studio
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The Loss of Cultural Roots: “Subterranean Taiwan” Meets Relocation
In Taiwan, bōng-á, or grave, is a term both familiar and distant. However, the erection of each tomb highlights the substantial collection of cultural values of a place, and each property reflects the craftsmanship, economic status, familial qualities, and geographical features of a site.
DATE2022.05.04
graveyard culturecultural heritageÀm-khennhistory
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Keting Kurt CHEN of the Collectors
Co-Space: A Return to the Hometown or Stirring the Pond? The Courage to Leap in
Having participated in agricultural technical assistance work in countries of the Caribbeans and the Pacific islands, Keting Kurt CHEN returns to Taiwan to seeks out traditional wisdom in coexisting with nature, and sets up the Collectors Co-Space in Pinglin.
DATE2022.04.27
collectionthe Collectors Co-Spaceplantssustainability
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Talum Ispalidav: Buan Is Talking, Wielding Words as Scalpels, the Critical Voices of Aboriginal Youth in Contemporary Times
Established in July 2020, Buan Is Talking leverages the social media to raise awareness of issues relating to Taiwanese indigenous peoples.
DATE2022.01.19
indigenous peoplesmedia empowermentpolicy advocacy
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LONG LIVE K-PUNK: Mark FISHER in conversation with NERO, summer 2014
This interview, originally appeared on NERO in 2015 and published in 2018, is with the cultural theorist Mark FISHER (aka k-punk) to talk about the idea of the future itself in present-day society.
DATE2021.11.10
K-PunkfuturismvaporwaveHauntology
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A Modern Prometheus
The article is about the history of Processing by Casey REAS and Ben FRY, who were the founders of Processing Foundation.
DATE2021.10.11
codeProcessingMIT Media Lab
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A Hometown Seen as an Adopted Country, a Homecoming Akin to Taking up Residence. Does Your Mother Know You’re Messing about?
Whether it’s an art residence or art residency, there will always be gazes exchanged and experiences shared, leading on to self-discovery and self-acceptance. At this point, what are the possibilities of imagination towards art residences?
DATE2021.08.05
art practiceart festivalWalking Grass Agriculture
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We Engage in Poetry-based Dialogues with Migrant Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The poetry workshop was as much a new experiment as an opportunity to co-create and dialogue with migrant workers. As long as the pandemic continues and inequality persists, we will keep supporting and paying attention to migrant workers, and meanwhile teach them using different media to question the Taiwanese society and make their voices heard.
DATE2021.07.16
Trans/Voices Projectmigrant workerTaiwan Literature Award for Migrants poetry
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YANG Ye: An Unofficial Cultural Historian like Me
Always enthusiastic to take to the mountains in search of the next artifact, YANG Ye has devoted 30 odd years to his line of cultural history studies, making it his life’s work.
DATE2021.06.09
Beitou-yaki cultural history studies cultural artifact
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What can we summon from the “Re” standpoint? On the polyphonic scene and reenactment strategy of “Re: Play”
Re: Play proposes a Benjaminist issue for us to consider: If “live scene” is the battlefield to write history, then every past that cannot reconcile with itself is in danger of disappearing forever.
DATE2021.06.04
Re: PlayLive Artcuratorial practices
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How Art Communities Dance with COVID-19
Looking back on major art festivals, exhibitions, and events relevant to Bio Art over the past year, it is amazing to see ways in which the existence of this “viral” organism has catalyzed a plethora of new human experiences.
DATE2021.06.02
COVID-19Bio Artart community
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Peer across the Ocean and Bask in Matsu’s Unsayable Time and History
Being a potential World Heritage site, undergoing numerous regeneration of historic sites, and located on the East Asian island chain (the first island chain) in the Cold War era, Matsu’s continued debate on topics such as preserving its military heritage, its collective military/civilian memory and narrative from the military administration period, and the revitalization of decommissioned military buildings, all seek to find a win-win or even an all-win scenario between native historical context and regional revitalization.
DATE2021.05.12
regional revitalizationwartime culturecultural preservation