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Publication

ARENA
社交場Publisher: TFAM
Category: Exhibition Catalogs
Published Date: 2018/02
ISSN: 9789860552089  
Price: NT$900

Contents
 
Forewords 
Ping Lin Director, Taipei Fine Arts Museum ─7
Jin-ho Cho  Director, Gwangju Museum of Art         ─9
 
Essays
Arena-An Adventurous Expression of the Dual Engagement of Exhibition and Performance
Jo Hsiao  Curator, Taipei Fine Arts Museum ─20
To Add Special Value to Art's Diversity
Jong-young Lim Curator, Gwangju Museum of Art ─34
 
Taiwan
Yi-wei Keng   ─42
Cheng-ta Yu   ─48
Riverbed Theatre   ─56
Against-Again Troupe + Snow Huang ─62
Wan-jen Chen   ─70
Chien-yang Wang   ─76
Shih-hue Tu   ─82
Voleur du Feu Theatre   ─90
Yow-ruu Chen + Sow-yee Au   ─98
Te-yu Wang   ─106
 
Live Exhibition
Clockwork Noses   ─116
Co-coism   ─130
Shang-chi Sun   ─144
River Lin   ─158
Wei-yuan Ma   ─172
Baboo Liao   ─186
Tung-yen Chou   ─200
 
Korea
Joo-lee Kang   ─216
Seung-mo Park   ─222
Lee-nam Lee   ─228
Yong-hyun Lim   ─236
Sang-hwa Park   ─242
Soo-min Bae   ─248
In-sung Lee   ─254
 
Index of Works   ─267
 
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Foreword
 
In 2015, after the Summer Universiade had come to a festive finale in Gwangju, South Korea, I personally 
led a curatorial team from Taipei Fine Arts Museum to visit the Gwangju Museum of Art, which was 
then holding a critically acclaimed exhibition on the subject of technology. At that time we pledged that 
Taipei, as the host city for 2017 Summer Universiade, would welcome the event with the same energy as 
that of the Gwangju exhibition. These were the circumstances that gave birth to "Arena," which, under the 
curatorship of Jo Hsiao, adroitly aligns a major athletic event with inter-museum exchange, based on the 
concept of human social interaction. The exhibition encompasses not only an exchange exhibition with 
the Gwangju Museum of Art, but also several participatory works and seven highly infectious live events. 
The works have alternated throughout the exhibition period, constantly evolving in a dynamic, open form. 
While testing the curator's ability to adapt, this has also allowed visitors to progressively encounter different 
works in the same exhibition. This arrangement has encouraged people to participate and to interact 
with the works on different dimensions. Many of the works can only be completed with visitor involvement. 
The exhibition "Arena" has transformed into a miniature social venue where Taiwanese and Korean artist 
have engaged in dialogue and where the public has forged emotional bonds.
 
  In recent years, by introducing the participatory art projects of Lee Ming-wei Lee, the choreography of 
Boris Charmatz, and the alternative art of Xavier Le Roy, as well as the thematic exhibition "The Way Things 
Go," Taipei Fine Arts Museum has ruminated on the relationships among viewers, performers, works and 
venues, observing the possibilities for contemporary art as a cross-disciplinary domain of multiple viewpoints 
and media. Held shortly before TFAM enters a period of hiatus for renovations, "Arena" has transformed 
the museum into a creative experiment in symbiosis between display and performance, using a 
fully open model of audience participation. Thus, within a space originally designed for the simple purpose 
of exhibition, an alteration in the nature of viewing has taken place. The museum has become a space for 
friendship, playing the role of a "big living room of culture." This is a powerful declaration that our museum 
is parting from the past, and it is a starting point for re-imagining what an art museum can be.
 
  I personally wish to take this opportunity to thank the professional curatorial team from Gwangju 
Museum of Art led by Director Jin-Ho Cho, as well as curator Jong-young Lim for his painstaking introduction 
of seven major Korean contemporary artists and his patient communication and collaboration throughout 
the preparation for this exhibition. I also thank TFAM curator Jo Hsiao for realizing this unique exhibition 
framework with her usual creativity and sense of humor. My gratitude goes out to all the artists who traveled 
from Korea to take part, and to the Taiwanese artists who devoted their full energies to meeting the challenge 
laid out by the curator. I am grateful to all the media, both local and international, who reported on 
this exhibition, and to my colleagues at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, including the Exhibition Department and 
the Public Relations Office, for their concerted efforts. Finally, I thank all the members of the public who 
participated in "Arena" – your active involvement gave a brand new essence to all the works in this exhibition.
 
Ping Lin
Director, Taipei Fine Arts Museum