YU Shih-Fu was Born in Miaoli, Taiwan in 1987. He graduated from the Department of Industrial Design, Shih Chien University, and the New Media Arts (MFA), Taipei University of the Arts. His works develop the uses of electronics, metals and machinery as art, mechanics for the narrative core, creating a dialogue with people through “Inorganic language”, describing their profound life experience, memories and feelings.
Wu Tsan-Cheng was born in Yunlin, Taiwan in 1973. He graduated from the Department of Fine Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, and the Graduate Institute of Plastic Arts, Tainan National University of the Arts. Wu’s work reveals an unending experimentation of the relationship between image and sound. His first sound installation was Nightingale. For him, symbols and messages can be embedded in sounds to generate powerful forces that trigger physical perception and emotional connection, unfolding rich, hidden layers in sounds. For example, in N+Syn, Wu used an early night-vision camera to film and capture from a low angle the rustling sound as he traversed an area of grass, evoking the memory of physical perception of touching grass and creating a contrast between the rough visuality and hi-definition images made possible by technology nowadays. Wu then projected the video on the ceiling; when audiences lowered their heads after feeling tired from looking up, sounds “naturally” replaced vision and became the dominant element at the moment. Putting an emphasis on bodily perception in his work, Wu said, “visual image can always catch our eyes and guide our attention to a certain direction; on the other hand, you must walk into and through sounds. When you enter an environment, your body will subtly change the surrounding sounds, and those sounds will go through your body as well.” With this concept in mind, Wu has opened up a different dimension in discussing image, sound, soundscape and perception in contemporary aesthetics and culture.
In 2009, Wu conceived the idea of Taiwan SoundMap Project, and planned to spend a decade to visit numerous locations in Taiwan to record and collect sounds. The project has also been integrated with the positioning function of Google Maps to fully represent the variations and phenomena in audio content in the changing time and space. The artist has been working on this project; and through his sound maps and what they have reflected, audiences are encouraged to contemplate on the relationship between their lives and the living environment in the sound experience.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1988, Sheng Hao-Wei graduated from the Department of Japanese Language and Literature, and received his master degree from the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature. He was an exchange student to Japan’s Tohoku University and the University of Tokyo. His literary works have won the First Prize for Fiction of the TSMC Youth Prize for Literature, the Novel Prize of the NTU Literature Award and the First Prize for Prose of the United Daily News Prize for Literature. Apart from his published work The Thing Named I, he is the co-author of Key: Anecdotes of Glory Island and The Day When the War Ended: Stories of Taiwan’s War Generation, and 100 Years of Taiwan Literature: 1900-2000.
Liu Hsing-Yu was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He graduated from the Department of Art History, Taiwan National University of the Arts, and received his MA in Art Theory from National Kaohsiung Normal University. An enthusiastic fan of the first-generation Pocket Monsters and an expert of Clow Cards, Liu also likes calligraphy and paintings from the Ming and Qing dynasties. He also practices calligraphy by imitating rubbings from ancient stone inscriptions while exploring paintings of the Zhe school. In the meantime, health-keeping and anti-aging regiments are important to him as well. Liu has a special preference for Tsai Ming-Liang’s movies with music and dance, and believes that the ultimate truth can be transmitted from lip syncing songs. He currently focuses on interdisciplinary characteristics in films and images on digital media, and attempts at writing about interdisciplinary works, hoping to interpret ancient calligraphy and painting from a contemporary perspective while moving toward becoming a curator and art critic.
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Dior Hou was born in Kaohsiung. He graduated from the Department of Chinese Literature, Shih Hsin University. He had attempted to write in college, but unintentionally entered the world of cocktails and bartending and embarked on a journey of exploring alcoholic drinks and writing about them. He likes to find out stories behind each alcoholic drink, blending a sense of tipsiness with delicately crafted words. Making alcoholic drinks protagonists of his stories, Hou has enjoyed being an intoxicating storyteller. He published Confession Box: Thoughts and Stories from a Bartender in 2015 and Private Drinks from the Soil.
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Born in Penghu, Taiwan in 1978, Wan-Shuen Tsai grew up in Pengu and spent several years in France. She currently lives in Taipei and is a practitioner of plastic and visual art as well as a poet. She has published Tides, Strange Possessions, and Je voudrais me réveiller dans la mer, a poem collection co-written with her young daughter. Poet and director Hung Hung once described Tsai’s work in the following words: “Poetry must catch readers’ eyes with two basic elements. The first is sensitivity, and the “allergens” vary from case to case… Anything might catch a reader’s attention, but the post must have a keen sensitivity. The second is the ability to express it with a precise and fresh language. Tsai is capable of both, which is the reason why one falls for her works immediately.”
Yang Shuang-Zi is the pseudonym of Yang Ruo-Zi. She was born in Wuri, Taichung, Taiwan in 1984, and has a younger twin sister. She has a bachelor degree in Chinese Literature from National Chung Hsing University and a master degree from the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature and Transnational Cultural Studies from the same university. She writes novels of Yuri, historical and popular literature while extensively observing manga and anime sub-culture and popular literature. She is also enthusiastic about Taiwanese folk tradition. She has been awarded grants for writing from the National Culture and Arts Foundation and the Ministry of Culture, and grants for writing master thesis from the Ministry of Education. Her published works include academic publication, popular novel, and fan fiction. She is currently fully committed to writing historical novels about Taiwan under Japanese rule.
1981年生於台灣。2011年桑沢設計研究所畢業。2015年成立一個台日設計藝文交流平台「設計發浪Designsurfing」，不只是交流台日設計藝文情報，也以作品製作或展策活動等實際形式協助台日藝術家找到市場。以產品設計、台日媒合、設計評論等三大方向進行活動，也常在雜誌與網站上寫設計專欄，主要針對台日創意工作者採訪報導。身兼「Admira Gallery」日本藝術家經紀窗口、日本觀光媒體「Herenow Taipei」內容編輯製作等，以各種面向活躍於台日藝文設計界。
Born in Taiwan in 1981, Designsurfing graduated from the Kuwasawa Design School in 2011, and founded the cultural platform, “Designsurfing,” for Taiwan and Japan’s designers and artists in 2015. More than exchanging cultural and art news between the two countries, the platform also assists with artwork production and curatorial projects, hoping to support artists in Taiwan and Japan with concrete actions to find their right markets. Designsurfing’s work mainly focuses on product design, matching services between Taiwan and Japan, design reviews, and also often contributes articles about design and interviews with Taiwanese and Japanese people in the creative industry for magazines and websites. Active in both cultural and art scenes in Taiwan and Japan, Designsurfing is also the agent and contact for Japanese artists represented by Admira Gallery as well as an editor for “Herenow Taipei,” a Japanese tourism media.
Charlie Chen graduated from the Graduate Institute of Arts Administration, National Sun Yat-sen University. He considers art investment his hobby, and runs a fashion blog called “My Bitchy Personal Opinions.” His childhood wish was to become a serious author with depth. However, life does not always follow one’s plans. He realizes that when people try to be serious, they often reveal their actual shallowness, and he just cannot help but adding a bit of humor when talking about profound topics. He once said, “Another wish of mine was to just look pretty, but that also turned out unsuccessful.” His published works include You Are What You Wear, Survival Guide in Social Occasions, MBPO on Romance, and I Need That in My Life.