News : What’s inside Art ? Dressing up with the World


We experience, feel, read, and share
every instant that belongs to this island.
Departing from this point, it is a dialogue with nature, ecology, and humanities.

In the series of “Reading the Islandy Culture 2”, the latitude consists of the compilation of the cultural landscape of Taiwan whereas the longitude is the exploration of the hidden ordinary arts. In this way, the public can get to know the arts and cultures that are close to our daily life on the island – food, clothing, living, and all kinds of activities.
This time, the six lectures are based on the theme of “dressing-up”. We invite everyone to reflect together on how to transform the clothing that we use to cover the body, define identity, highlight or disguise sexual characteristics into art creations or how to derive them into a particular culture.

We propose the question “What’s inside Art?” and take clothing as the carrier of nature and culture. Based on “Dressing up with the World”, the lectures are presented with materials that come from nature – cottonseed, barks, and dyeing – and particular cultures that have been developed – theatrical costumes, scarlet makeup, and tattoo. Six groups of artists are invited to share their process, ideals, and experiences of creation. You are welcome to come and experience the multicolored culture intertwined with the various clothing in a chill weekend-afternoon.

10/17 (Sat.) 15:00 – 17:00
Cottonseed: The Spark of the Cotton Journey with Artistic Creations
Speaker: Kang Ya-chu | Fiber art creator

10/18 (Sun.) 15:00 – 17:00
Costume: The Illusion of Painted Skin – Opening the Fourth Wall of the Theatrical Costumes
Speaker: Lee, Yuh-sheng | Theatrical costume & art design

Taichung・Central Bookstore
10/31 (Sat.) 15:00 – 17:00
Bark: Contemporary Art Creation – “Malleting” the Original Intention
Speaker: Chen Shu-yen | Co-founder of PateRongan

11/01 (Sun.) 15:00 – 17:00
Scarlet Makeup: If You’re in a Difficult Position, Let’s Have a Political Costume Party!
Speaker: Mier Tsao/ Nymphia Wind | Artistic performers

Hsinchu・Or Book Store
11/07 (Sat.) 15:00 – 17:00
Tennii: Transforming Traditional Craftmanship into Fashion Design
Speaker: Ma Yu-hsiu | Co-founder of Tennii Studio

11/08 (Sun.) 15:00 – 17:00
Tattoo: Sensory Calligraphy on the Derma Layer
Speaker: Master Tattoo x Wu Tzu-ning | Tattooist x New media artist

Advisory Unit: Ministry of Culture
Organizer: The Cultural Taiwan Foundation
Venue providers: Ubuntu, Central Bookstore, and Or Book Store