Dar-Kuen Wu

Residency Program

Institutional Recommendation Program

update: 2019.11.7

Dar-Kuen Wu

Participating ProjectInstitutional Recommendation Program
Activity BasedTaiwan
Period2012.11 - 2012.12
Purpose of the residency

In the curated exhibitions, I have paid attention to issues ranging from those that concern about Taiwan to the possible artistic development of young Asian artists, trying to provide a way of thinking that is specific to these issues and different from the Western mainstream artistic philosophy. I continue in dealing with contemporary cultural theories originating from contemplating on the society, the environment, and the self while gradually putting together the answer(s) to the questions regarding the subject and the other as well as the language, the Unconscious, the senses and the body. Thus, I hope to offer multiple "Asian Art slices" pertaining to contemporary points of view.

Plan during the residency

I believe that art could be the least limited way of communicating in contemporary Asia. If so, all the art forms should be like notebooks filled with ideas offered to the world. As the blooming region of contemporary art in the new century, Asia has developed an artistic system that is different from Western modern art germinated centuries ago. Contemporary Asia faces both its present and its long history; it requires social facts as well as cultural texts. Therefore, the concept of this exhibition is based on a parallel reality of Asia. I daringly hypothesize another Asia where its beginning dates from the Shogun era of 150 years ago to the 21st century with all kinds of misplaced historic situations. What if the Taika Reforms had never taken place? What would happen if Ito Hirobumi had never waged the First Sino-Japanese War against the Ching Dynasty? How would this other Asia evolve and be different from our present Asia? The artists would even be able to predict the situation of the world! The theme of this proposal designs a stage titled, "ASIA Anarchy," that transcends time and space to create an anarchic Asian artistic platform for the preliminary study.

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