策展人 國立臺北藝術大學 舞蹈學院院長 何曉玫
The Next Moves for Art
Thirty years ago, TNUA moved to Kuandu, bringing about the establishment of the Kuandu Arts Festival. In recent years, the world has been challenged head-to-head by the pandemic, and so its artists, too, must reconsider how best to express art, and weigh the various possibilities of “Sourcing Life, Returning to Life”. This year’s Kuandu Arts Festival was born in such tribulations. We invite everyone to revisit the historical memories of TNUA, as the interdisciplinary arts combine with technology and new media to face a new future. A change of stage allows the work to step out of the proscenium and forge connections with our day-to-day environment, taking certain and gentle steps alongside the public, and alongside oneself. As we probe the next moves for art, we allow more people to encounter art, and have hope, once again!
A Kuandu Arts Festival for the Times
One of the showstoppers for this festival, “Resurrected Resplendence XR Virtual Interaction”, makes use of Augmented Reality technology to resurrect the resplendence of TNUA’s historic move “Out of Luzhou, Into Guandu” thirty years ago, “a ritualistic temple pilgrimage that united the power of the community in moving the campus from Luzhou to Guandu”. Through their cellphones, audiences can wander through the campus encountering “The Eight Immortals of the School of Art”, experiencing TNUA’s historical and humanistic aura through a campus tour across time brought to you by technology! “Dance GPS” is an innovative theatrical format, allowing the audience, in the process of moving through the campus, to experience an alternative immersive performance akin to browsing a museum, delivered through their earphones. At once, they will appreciate the diverse bodily cultures of TNUA’s dancers presented across the magnificent campus landscape. How dance on video can move audiences in the same way as a live dance performance, is a question the new generation of creators must face. The newly-commissioned “Mélange of Film and Dance” and “Groove360” are two media formats of video creation, directing the inquiries and sensibilities of young creatives toward the world and its peoples, respectively through a dance vs. video perspective and a 360°camera, challenging a new dimension of creation. Aside from this, the theatrical and music programming will consist of exciting performances, from avant-garde, experimental symphonies, to new spins on beloved theatrical works, coming up one after another and sure to bring satisfaction.
Remembering Thirty Years of Art
We’re 30 years “Out of Luzhou, Into Guandu”! TNUA and Taiwanese art have seen countless trials. As we continually learn from our experiences, we do not hesitate to take brave steps forward. In the past, we have elevated both our land and its many hosts through the power of art and ritual; now, for the 2021 Kuandu Arts Festival, we carry forward TNUA’s belief in “Standing Firm in Tradition, Bringing Forth the Future”, pouring new waters into past creativity, and lighting a prayer lantern for a Taiwan that has endured the wind and rain.
Curator Ho Hsiao-mei, Dean of the School of Dance, Taipei National University of the Arts