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Continuing from Chew’s Culture Foundation’s 2008 premier of “Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition”, curators, Chen Yung-Hsien and Sean C.S. Hu, have proposed “Eattopia” to be the theme for this year. Through this topic, audiences are encouraged to inspect the invisible truth behind the food we eat, and through video art to contemplate and also respond to the mutual fate that the entire human race is destined to face. The “International Invited Exhibition” portion includes artists from Sweden, USA, Spain, Australia, Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, and Taiwan, for the total of nine internationally renowned artists from seven nations. The “Internationally Call for Entries” portion includes 19 artworks that have been selected from 115 entries submitted from 27 nations around the world. The contents of these artworks exude vitality and diversity, and also possess important significance for our time.

What to eat today? Whom to dine with? People’s fantasies and desires toward eating well have formed a virtual realm composed between food and life. In the real life, when faced with the most challenging need for survival, being hungry or being full are key fundamental elements for the making of a utopian paradise. Therefore, this is how the concept of “Eattopia” has derived to be the topic for the “2010 Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition”. “Eattopia” is about a utopia that is based on food and culture, through the attempt to link together the ideas of “Eat” and “Utopia”, to include all the possible extensions based on mankind and the needs for food. As a noun, the term “Eat” is used to describe how food is the fundamental desire in a utopia perceived by mankind, and is also an attempt to build a utopia via food. As a verb, it is used to discuss the issues as desires are unsatisfied and expanded, the utopia that mankind has hoped to reach is gradually being eaten and swallowed up. Through the construction and deconstruction with the term “Eat”, a real and virtual, a destructed and developed realm of life is formed. In today’s world of technological advancement, the shortage of food is still a dilemma that haunts the human race like it did centuries ago, and it extends further to problems relating to the imbalance in food supplies, food waste in big cities, global warming that causes the shrinkage in agricultural land, market and future investments that lead to the distortion in prices, economic globalization’s impact on local farming, and government’s focus on industry over agriculture. With these issues in mind, “Eattopia – 2010 Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition” invites international artists and also sends out call for entries to all, and we anticipate for more concerns and dedications to be presented from artists around the world about this topic. Through food and culture, we hope to garner analyses and speculations about eating, the physical body, desire, power, consumerism, aesthetic, and issues related to the society, and to further extend into the global reality that is immanent.

Throughout the three-month exhibition, Hong Gah Museum will also launch a series of exciting and complimentary art education promotional events in conjunction with the exhibition. Openings are limited, please contact the museum to sign-up in advance: October 3rd (Sun) 14:00: Artist’s Talk with the Swedish art duo, Bigert & Bergström; October 16th, 23rd, 30th (Sat) 14:00-16:00: three lectures on the topic of “Art and the Eating Culture”, where discussions will be conducted to review the relationships between food and mankind through different perspectives based on aesthetic, society, and art. During the opening on October 2nd (Sat) and on October 10th and 17th (Sun) from 14:00-16:00, a series of live arts based on “The Body and Food” will take place on location with artists presenting new artworks created especially for the occasion. November 13th~14th (Sat, Sun) 13:00-17:00: an audio-visual editing workshop will be presented, where techniques on editing and audio-visual post-production will be shared free of charge; the purpose is in addition to enjoying video artworks, the general public could also have the chance to further understand this particular art form.

Media Contact:Suying Weng,  honggah@titan.seed.net.tw ,  +886(2)2894-2272*11

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財團法人邱再興文教基金會承繼2008年首創主辦之「台灣國際錄像藝術展」,今年由策展人陳永賢及胡朝聖提出年度主題「食托邦」,邀請觀眾從盤中飧透視飲食背後看不見的真相,藉由錄像藝術來思索並回應全球人類共同命題。此展之「國際邀請展」邀請到來自瑞典、美國、西班牙、澳洲、菲律賓、烏茲別克斯坦、台灣等七國九位知名重量級藝術家參展。「國際徵件展」部份則將展出從全球27個國家、115件參賽作品中所評選出來的19件作品,作品內容生動多元且饒富時代意義。

今天想吃什麼?跟誰共享餐宴?人們對於豐衣足食的幻想與渴望讓食物與生命之間產生了一座虛擬國度,現實生活中面對最殘酷的生存需求,飢餓或溫飽成了進入理想國的基本關鍵。「食托邦」(Eattopia)的概念於焉產生,成為「2010年台灣國際錄像藝術展」的年度主題。「食托邦」以食物與文化建構一處烏托邦之境,試圖連結Eat與Utopia,包含一切關於人類對於飲食需求的延伸。「食」作為名詞,用來說明食物如何作為人類理想國度的情慾基礎,並企圖用食物打造一個烏托邦;作為動詞,則用以指涉人類慾望的不滿與擴張,正逐步蠶食般吞噬到人們所企盼的桃花源。「食」在結構與解構之間,形構成一個真實/虛擬、毀滅/創建的人生境域。進一步觀察科技發達的今日,糧食短缺的問題依然如前幾個世紀一般如影隨形,甚至還包括了食物供需失衡、大都會食物浪費、環境暖化使農地面積減少、市場投機與期貨投資的價格扭曲,以及經濟全球化對在地農產的威脅、政府重工輕農政策的影響等層面。因而「食托邦-2010年台灣國際錄像藝術展」向全球藝術家邀展與徵件,挖掘各地創作者對於此議題的關注與投入,以飲食文化作為起點,逐次掃描於飲食、身體、慾望、權力、消費、美學、社會之聯想與分析,及其背後更為龐大全球現實。

長達三個月的展期內,鳳甲美術館也將配合展覽推出一系列豐富精彩的免費藝術教育推廣活動,名額有限,意者請洽美術館報名:10月3日(日)14:00瑞典雙人藝術團體畢傑&柏格隆座談,10月16、23、30 日(六)14:00-16:00 舉辦三場「藝術與飲食文化」系列專題講座,從美學、社會、藝術等不同面向來剖析飲食與人類存在、存續之間的臍帶關係。10月2日(六)展覽開幕當日及10月10、17日(日)14:00-16:00舉辦「身體與食物」系列臨場藝術呈現,由藝術家親於現場以食物為主題發表行為藝術新作。11月13~14日(六日)13:00-17:00更將舉辦影音剪接工作坊,免費傳授剪接及影像後製技巧,讓民眾欣賞之餘亦可透過實做更加了解錄像藝術。

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