Taiwanese art curator Rudy Wen-chuan Tseng (曾文泉) has been invited to be the artistic director of Japan's Dojima River Biennale in Osaka, which is slated for this year from July 20 through Aug. 18.
Now in its third year and titled "Little Water,” the 2013 biennale will feature the artworks of Taiwanese artists Lee Ming-wei (李明維), Yuan Kuang-ming (袁廣嗚), Teng Chao-ming (鄧兆旻) and Tsai Char-wei (蔡佳葳).
Visitors to the venue will first encounter Lee's installation artwork titled "Mobile Garden,” a 12-meter-long path of marble imported from Taiwan and decorated with 200 flowers. Visitors can pick some flowers and go home by taking different paths. On their way, they can give the flowers to people around them to create a new form of community interaction and relations.
Yuan's video art will display disappearing landscapes, whereas Tsai will exhibit a series of moonlit photos taken on Taiwan's Orchid Island, with images of Sanskrit scripture written in calligraphy floating around the photos. Teng, on the other hand, will offer an Arctic series of video recordings that show ships entering and exiting harbors.
The Dojima River Biennale, Aichi Triennial and the Mori Art Museum's triennial exhibition are three of Japan's leading art events.
This year, 39 artists from Taiwan, Japan, the United States, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore will participate in the Dojima River Biennale, which will take place at the Osaka Dojima River Forum. In addition to funding from the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry's overseas branch in Tokyo has also mobilized resources to promote Taiwan by using the country's unique artworks.
The 2013 Dojima River Biennale, organized by Taiwanese curator Rudy Tseng, draws inspiration from the beauty of Dojima River in the heart of Osaka, and focuses on the role water plays in peoples’ everyday lives.