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The More The Merrier

2011

The More The Merrier


February 26 - March 27, 2011
Project Fulfill Art Space, Taipei
With Steve Chen, Amy Cheng, Chia-En Jao, Jeph Lo, Fujui Wang, Ouch Wu & others
Organized by Hong-Kai Wang & Jens Maier-Rothe

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The More The Merrier is a process-driven experiment that turns the gallery space into a sound recording studio. During four weeks several artists, critics, musicians, dancers and performers from Taiwan's local art scene will join us for a sculptural and functional transformation of the gallery into a site of collective reflection and production. Through a series of workshops, round table discussions and other activities the gallery as recording studio will temporarily become a venue to share, record and broadcast our different perspectives on activist and discursive art practice in Taiwan's cultural landscape.

What is the status of critical theory and practice in Taiwan today? What kind of communities are necessary, now and in the future, and what kind of institutional contexts do we imagine to keep them alive? How do our social roles and political convictions link up to the collective experiences we make? What role does listening play in this context? How is acoustic space organised to shape notions of collective memory and public space? What makes recording a critical practice, can archiving generate a site of critique? Why do so many Taiwanese artists adopt Western thinking models in their practice? Following questions like these, the project will employ audio devices such as microphones, recorders and loudspeakers as conceptual and contextual tools to provide a framework for fruitful debates on models of resistance and locally existing struggles. The ongoing process will be inspired by three strands: recording as aesthetic practice, continuous and open dialogue, and the transformation of the gallery space. All three will be mutually influencing each other: The resonant character of the space and our ongoing conversation will continuously shape the record, while at the same time every shared moment of listening and recording will affect our constituency as a collective, and the way our group resonates and operates with/in that shifting environment.

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02/26 – Opening reception and party, 6-9 pm
02/27 – Workshop 1, 1-5 pm
03/05 – Workshop 2, 1-5 pm
03/12 – Workshop 3, 1-5 pm
03/19 – Workshop 4, 1-5 pm
03/26 – Symposium and closing reception, 3-6 pm

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About the organizers: Hong-Kai Wang is a New York-based Taiwanese artist primarily working with sound as a conceptual means to investigate social relations and to explore the construction of new social space in everyday life. She currently represents Taiwan at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. Jens Maier-Rothe is a curator based in Berlin whose practice combines exhibition making with artistic research and writing. In 2008 he founded the curatorial platform Sonic Thinking. Project Fulfill Art Space was established in August of 2008 in Taipei with the goal of providing a platform for contemporary art. Its mission is to foster project-based work that is distinctive and challenging, both aesthetically and conceptually.

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The project was made possible with generous support from the Goethe Institut Taipei, the National Culture and Arts Foundation Taiwan, and the Department of Cultural Affairs Taipei City. Special thanks to Fujui Wang for his technical support and Pochang Wu from Echo band.


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