Made a trip to Taiwan, stayed for 2 weeks. Some events/ places i checked out this time:
-NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM: (temporary exhibit) Splendid Accessories of Nomadic Peoples: Mongolian, Muslim, and Tibetan Artifacts of the Qing Dynasty. Full-sized ger on the third floor, with a framed print of Chinggis Khaan sitting in the center. I asked a museum docent about how I can find the original CK painting; he said that it's too valuable and they only take it out once every few years, the rest of the time they hide it away in storage, buried deep in the mountain behind the palace. So there you go. // https://www.npm.gov.tw/en/
Oh! and i learned about Giuseppe Castiglione (Chinese name: Lang Shi-ning); He was an Italian Jesuit missionary who lived in 17th-century China and made these uniquely hybridized paintings... Look at the way he painted horses, dogs, and birds.
-DREAM COMMUNITY: a non-profit creative company that offers artist residencies and volunteer opportunities; at the moment they seem mainly focused on building parade floats, community theater events, and constructing a small new "world cultures" museum. How is this place, really? Please comment with thoughts/ feedback (if you have any). // http://dreamcommunity.tw/english/
-TREASURE HILL ARTIST VILLAGE: Rented a studio room here for a week. Pretty nice. Mostly quiet. They have creative residencies (applications in the Spring), hostel spaces, gallery/ show events, ceramics and metalsmithing workshops, a toy theater... Same office operates in three locations (I think). You can check out their website: http://www.artistvillage.org
-MONGOLIAN AND TIBETAN CULTURAL CENTER: in Da'an District. Library/ gallery of Mongolian and Tibetan cultural artifacts. Tiny ger on the first floor, with some old robes and what i thought was a horse-cart. Didn't expect to see books on Yunnan, but I did (probably because of the Tibetan connection), and one book had chapters on the Naxi, Lisu, Bai, etc... We could spend more time here. // http://www.mtac.gov.tw
-MONGOLIAN AND TIBETAN AFFAIRS OFFICE (IMMIGRATION BUILDING): near the NTU Hospital. I read that there's a ger library in here, too. But I arrived on a Sunday and didn't get to see it in person. D'oh // https://www.news.mn/r/328593
-TINAKENG GALLERY: Two Trees and a Mountain (Shi Jin-hua Solo Exhibition) // Plaster Gong (Su Yu Hsien Solo Exhibition)// Went to this show with two friends. I especially enjoyed the bleak installation/ theater audio happening down in the basement- Su's portrayal of Huang Hua-cheng's "Prophet" (1965)- reminiscent of Beckett's "Waiting for Godot." // www.tinakenggallery.com
-WASTELAND ART SPACE: Came out here to see my friend Tsai but i missed Friday night's set, caught 4 performance pieces on Saturday night. It was interesting to see performance art in a Taiwanese context (especially after seeing it this summer in Yunnan), made me think bout it differently, but i couldn't really keep up with the verbal presentations/ discussion due to language gap. // wastelandsite
-DAD'S PERFORMANCES: I watched my father play with his band at Fuego, Sunmai (Long Sun Brewing), ZXDH Station for the Universiade 2017 Parade, the Senior Home, NTU Hospital, and the community center rehearsal space. That was almost a full-time job. I took it very seriously.
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