Taiwanese artists selected by a program jointly organized by the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and the Taipei Representative Office in the U.K. will have their exhibitions shown at Manchester from July 2 through Sept. 6.
"Micro Micro Revolution” consists of 3 socially engaged art projects from Taiwan: "A Cultural Action at the Plum Tree Creek (樹梅坑溪環境藝術活動),” "Plant-Matter Needed: The Material World of the Riverbank Amis Tribe 2015 (植-物新樂園),” and "500 Lemon Trees (五百顆檸檬樹).” The projects highlight the artists' concern over society and environment, and their hopes to boost public awareness through art.
"A Cultural Action at the Plum Tree Creek” was created by artist Wu Mali (吳瑪俐) and the Tamsui-based Bamboo Curtain Studio. The project collaborated with schools and communities to explore the polluted Plum Tree Creek at the margin of Taipei basin, and to bring awareness to its ownership and care. Following the same concept, the project collected samples from local vegetation and the river in Manchester to bring environmental issues closer to home.
"Plant-Matter Needed: The Material World of the Riverbank Amis Tribe 2015,” initiated by artists Hsu Su-chen (許淑真, 1966 - 2013) and Lu Chien-ming (盧建銘), presents the aboriginal Amis culture and local contentions against a new urban development plan. The project hopes to raise public concern over the living rights and environmental issues surrounding the riverbank.
"500 Lemon Trees” is spearheaded by artist Huang Po-chih (黃博志), a shortlisted candidate for the 2015 Hugo Boss Asia Art Award for Emerging Asian Artist. For this project, he first auctioned wine labels to raise funds for Taiwanese farmers, and then raised awareness of agricultural consumption and production by offering new products made with Taiwanese wine, beer, tea, fruits, and vegetables. During his one-month stay in the U.K, he will also be researching U.K. agriculture and developing a British lemon liquor cocktail.
Curated by Lu Pei-yi (呂佩怡), "Micro Micro Revolution” was developed by the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art under the auspices of the Spotlight Taiwan project. An opening ceremony was held on June 2, which was marked by Amis blessings and cocktails stirred by Huang.
‘Micro Micro Revolution'