2017年5月21日 星期日

“Eco As A Verb”&" Taiwan Videa2.0: Cultural Encounter" @ 2017 Night of Museums in St. Petersburg

Due to tight time Invitation of the museum of nonconformist museum from the art center "Pushkinskaya 10", herein as a curator I can announce that "Eco as a verb" (2017 selection) and "Taiwan Videa 2.0: Cultural Encounter" have taken part in 2017 Night of Museums( from 6 pm on May 20 to 6 am on May 21) in St. Petersburg after this great event.

俄羅斯聖彼得堡“普昔金十號” 藝術中心 “俄羅斯反傳統藝術美術館”(Museum of nonconformist art) 邀請筆者 “Eco As A Verb”(2017 Selection)與" Taiwan Videa2.0: Cultural Encounter"雙錄像策展案參加2017年聖彼得堡博物館之夜((5月20日晚間6點至5月21日早上6點),由於邀請與準備時間過於緊迫,身為策展人謹於此時此刻分享此一參展訊息。

official news from "Pushkinskaya 10":

“ Eco As A Verb” - International Ecological Video Art Exhibition
@ 2017 Night of Museums in St. Petersburg 

Curator: Yunnia Yang

Participating artists: 
Sergey Tsyss(Russia), Tsui Kuang-Yu (Taiwan),Zhang Xu Zhan(Taiwan),Rick Fisher(Canada),AES+F(Russia), Huang Zan-Lun(Taiwan), Lynn Estomin(USA), Isabelle Hayeur(Canada),Marie- France Giraudon(Canada), Albert Merino(Spain),Jawshing Arthur Liou(Taiwan)

Time: 2017. 05.20 6:00pm - 05.21 6:00 am
Venue: Museum of Noncomformist Art, Art Center "Pushkinskaya 10", St. Petersburg, Russia

AES+F(Russia).Inverso Mundus

“Eco As A Verb” means to regard “Ecology” as a Verb, an Action to do it, instead of understanding it. Most people know to love the planet and raise the environmental awareness, but there are big steps from awareness to actions. The green documentaries or contemporary videos here are nor to initiate another environmental activism, but to suggest that after watching these films each viewer may think what he can do by his own for the good sake of our environment to improve the current situation. There is no need to make any alliance, but to be touched, then just do it! Although the notion “Eco as a Verb” is presented in this cultural occasion in Russia, we truly hope it can work in practice all over the world. The focal theme project“Eco As A Verb” includes four categories: “Eco Creativity”, “Eco Apocalypse”, “Eco-Human Chain”, and “Eco Mythology”. 

1. Eco Creativity 
Facing to the exhaustion of resources, the endangerment of environment, how the human beings proud of creativity could overturn such a poor living condition? “Second Wind” is a sad metaphor of the post-apocalyptic survival happiness that it still could be found the memories and the imaginations about the natural beauty in such a deserted land. The positive thinking is the survival attitude we contemporaries shall keep. In “Rubbing the City: Beautiful Dirty Bubble”, the artist Tsuei Kuang-Yu transforms bus pollution into beautiful bubbles as the alchemic power of art.  

2. Eco Apocalypse
For utopian perspective, human beings always trap themselves into a kind of swamp endangering the whole ecology without any awareness. “Renew: the future not future” , “ Arcadia”, “Inverso Mundus” all imply the same context that human beings cannot compensate their faults for the sake of pursuing progress and comfort. Therefore, “Renew” is nor a new birth, but a fear and regret to the living being of the future. With the long shots, “Arcadia” discloses the cruel truth of the arcadia that human beings imagine. Seemingly absurd “Inverso Mundus” implies the strength of natural counterattack. As human beings think themselves as a high-level creature, misusing domination, regardless of the seriously devastated nature, the price for this bad manner is far to imagine.We all know how hard it is to resist one's desire. The process of one's inner battle and self-compromise day after day is like a ritual of survival. “Double” implies this helplesssly repetitive dilemma. Ingestion is one's life instinct , but desire is the overexpression of one's id. In this video, two human-deer hybrids automatilate and cannibalize each other; the sadomasochistic sacrifice becomes a law of desire. Nowhere such humanity leads human civilization to. 

3. Eco-Human Chain
“Ecology” in Greek means “House”, a man and his internal/external house. A family living together in harmony can nurture a human being and enrich his life. If with the attitude of possession and exploitation, this house will be destroyed by his own eventually. “Fashion to Die For”, “entro(SCO)py”, and “Solastalgia” will give us the reflections on the relations between human civilization and ecological ethics.

4. Eco Mythology
By means of myths interpreting human rationality and sensibility, reality and fantasy, human beings will also lead a mysterious conversation encountering nature and civilization and turn into a new myth. “ Imago Typhonis” reflects the worries of globalization that the featured cultures are constantly simplified to the universal codes. To delete or twist the cultural features is a death for that cultural ecology. “Insatiable” is a metaphor about the night market culture in Taiwan. A powerful consuming giant creature floats in front of us just like the mirage of Loch Ness Monster. As if everyone to indulge in carnal pleasure without restraint, this inner serpent will swallow the self and exhaust the ecology. 

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"TAIWAN VIDEA 2.0: Cultural Encounter"
The Taiwanese Avant-Garde Video Exhibition 

Curator: Yunnia Yang

Participating artists: 
Tsui Kuang-Yu, Chou Tung-Yen, Huang Yu-Hang,Wang Ya-Hui, Chang Huei-Ming,Chen I-Chun,Wu Tzu-An,Pu Shuai-Cheng,Jawshing Arthur Liou,Cheng Li-Ming

Tsui Kuang-Yu, Invisible City: Taiparis York
Travel has been a part of contemporary life. No matter what the travel is for, we all meet multiple cultures. Cultural shock is inevitable, but cultural stereotype will give great impacts on the understandings and the perceptions of cultural similarities and differences. Under the overwhelming manipulations of mass media and commercial mechanism, the so-called “ Cultural Tourism” has been promoted with the ideas of pilgrims and adventures, which conceals the essence of the culture that includes all the lives. The notion “Grand Tour” in the Western civilization is to cultivate the intelligentsia to explore and experience the outer world for a long-term period and in a deeper level. Charles Baudelaire ‘s “Flâneur” regards a whole city as a book to read thoroughly, to perceive the rhythms of contemporary life, to capture the ephemerality of everyday life on streets. The Surrealists praises the spirit of “Flâneur” to discover the uncanny from everyday life and to get inspirations from exotic cultures. The perceptive process of cultural encounters is too intimate to make any rational discourse. Artists instill their own life experiences into this process of cultural encounters. In their artworks, viewers may perceive alternative cultural understandings, to overturn the cultural stereotypes given by this commercialized world, to encounter multiple cultures with sensibility.

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