ON SITE 2014 IN TAIPEI
Hosted by Department of AIR, Taipei Culture Foundation, On Site has been a highly anticipated annual event that brings various forms of art together. Now going into its third year, On Site 2014 will be a weeklong event that continues to fuse music, sounds, and images together for a variety of cross-disciplinary performances. On Site 2014 will be held at Huashan Grand Green, Taipei Artist Village, and Treasure Hill Artist Village from September 27 to October 4. Visual sound artists and indie bands from Taiwan and abroad will join to bring twenty spectacular performances to audiences. Furthermore, folk opera and multimedia interactive installations will be included for the first time. As traditional techniques and modern technologies are innovatively integrated, performances are elevated to new heights.
OPENING FOR 7 HOURS NON-STOP – AN INTERPLAY OF FOLK OPERA AND MIXED MEDIA
Continuing the spirit of experimentation and adventure of previous years, the opening day for this event will feature performances by indie bands from 3pm to 10pm on September 27 (Saturday). The lineup includes: Elephant Gym, which has been stealing the spotlight recently with its distinct rhythm of math rock; Prairie WWWW, which fuses exotic styles and folk music along with experimental electronic music; The Village Armed Youth Band, which emphasizes social issues and the importance of being involved with a gentle voice despite its tough-sounding name; a band that demonstrates the Taiwanese rock and roll spirit - the native Taiwanese rock band, Sorry Youth; and the super combination of three major producers who surpass the limits of electronic music: Sonic Deadhorse x FishThe x Blaire KO, which will perform the temple opera, “Sam-Hsing Hiàn Gē”.
Following this, the highlight for the event, Hybrid Taiwanese Opera, will be unveiled. Collaborating with a local interactive multimedia technical team, Taipei Digital Art Center and Centre National de Creation Musicale (GRAME)’s multinational hardware and software support will jointly conduct an integration of Taiwanese opera music and digitally-controlled visuals, manifesting results from their research and development. It can be said that Taiwanese opera is Taiwan's oldest form of hybrid art. Not only does it integrate folk elements and traditional tunes, singing techniques, and stage performance, it also features a powerful sense of inclusiveness and self-evolution. Furthermore, it was once an important form of entertainment for local audiences. This particular performance will implement a traditional story structure to reinterpret the relationships and mentalities of its characters. Using modern choreography concepts, it integrates traditional techniques and modern technologies to bring the audience a boundless musical performance filled with mesmerizing images, sounds, and lights.
IMAGE: Fuyama Yousuke
A WEEKLONG EXHIBITION OF INTERACTIVE ART - “SOUNDING OBSERVATION”
During the event period, Taipei Artist Village will also be hosting two exhibitions: a digital audio-visual live performance and a continuous interactive sound art exhibition. The digital audio-visual live performance will be held on the weekend of October 3. The event has invited both local and foreign electronic music performers, including Japan’s Fuyama Yousuke, Taiwan’s WANG Fujui, and Hong Kong’s band Gravity Alterstra X CHEN Min-Guan＠The JUNK Fan-Ren. A continuous line of innovative performances will be prepared using combinations of sounds and visuals. The thematic exhibition in both Taipei Artist Village and Treasure Hill Artist Village will provide viewers with an in-depth somatosensory experience of sound and interactive art. One of the exhibited works Creatures Cluster is the latest project by new media artist Katerina Undo, who has attracted international attention and praise in recent years. The work will be performed in Taiwan for the first time in an entirely new way. Local artists WANG Chung-Kun, LIN Wei-Yuan, and CHENG Hsien-Yu, Yannick Dauby X CHEN Po-I will also be providing new works for this exhibition.
CREATING A MUSICAL MAP – LOOKING FOR TREASURES OF SOUND
Located next to Gongguan Riverside, the Treasure Hill Artist Village settlement is mainly comprised of illegal buildings built in the 1960s and 1970s. Situated at the foot of a hill and beside a stream, these buildings are scattered and complex, presenting the special appearances of Taiwan’s settlements. By introducing the spirit of symbiosis and architectural revitalization into programs such as “Treasure Hill Homeland”, “Treasure Hill Artist Village”, and “ATTIC Treasure Hill Traveler’s Hostel”, the co-construction of art and housing is used to preserve Treasure Hill, and reveal the diverse and rich appearance of a settlement. To present this perspective, Treasure Hill Artist Village has mixed some of its sections. This event invites local and foreign artists from across generations to perform among the special landscapes of Treasure Hill. Invited artists include Dino, Physical Chemical Brother, Daniel CHENG, Dennis TAN X Delphine MEI, and OTIC. Viewers can use maps to guide themselves to brilliant performances, and complete an amazing quest for artistic treasures.
Each year, the curatorial team looks forward to bringing the audience a simple and clear message to seek innovative, public, and interactive art activities and related materials. The purpose of this event is to implement performance based initiatives to attract citizens with artistic proclivities from all over the city to interact with artists in this festival-style event. Thus, we also look forward to testing this social action theory, in which people of action may use different categories to systematically connect with each other and form action systems. The performances and activities will surpass the limit of the site, expanding to become a system of self-interpretation, much like a language. Furthermore, art forms will serve as a possibility for social communication, systematically splitting and scattering originals into sub-system individuals (bodies). Transcending language and practical interests, we call forth ideologies and interconnect systems. Simply put, the liberty to express and listen is the mark of a civilized society; it brings positive communication and feedback.
Even though the duration and scale of On Site are not particularly long or large, it embodies the special theme of a collective artistic action that continuously renews itself. People may participate in this event regardless of their identity to jointly establish the appearance of On Site.