The project is interested in discussing the ambiguity of the Taiwanese culture. Many perspectives of the local history, sovereignty, language, traditions have a clashing nature. Geographically an island, once a province, maybe another name for a country? It carries various ethnic groups, cultures and memories, and is constantly incorporated into new elements, often with clashes. Clashes like a traditional local temple fair, where a Din-Tao, the lead of a symbolic religious solemn leader moves around the streets like a giant guardian of the village, while the boom speakers are blasting out electronic dance music, accompanied by female go-go dancers. The conflicts are becoming more obvious as Taiwan advanced into modernity.
The advancing technologies created opportunities to render traditional events in a way that couldn’t be imagine before. The blasting speakers that could only be boosted by electricity, the solemn Din-Tao of which costumes are made with ribbon and wood within the rules kept and followed from the past, these all constitute a never before imagined temple fair, swift and elegant female go-go dancers dance ecstatically with the heavy and fast beats of EDM blasting out from loud speakers, Din- Tao slowly walking across the streets, staring at all participants and houses while you can still barely hear traditional Chinese bands are playing ancient tunes in pentatonic scale as if it’s celebrating Din-Tao’s protection the community.
The fair seems to include all sorts of groups locally. Restrictions like Din-Tao are only performed by male, go-go dancers are female, people who are going through menstruation could not go near the temple seems obvious, meanwhile invisible. Every movement is well harmonised under the frame of patriarchy. The clashes sound silent, but the silent exclusion is deafening. The project searches for a possible way to incorporate values that could in the future, more likely leads the culture into a better inclusive fair, an experience that more locals could feel identified.
The conflicting history is the center piece of this project. This is not an attempt to draw a line to clear ambiguity or conflicts, pointing out the conflicts and ambiguities is not an emphasis of this project, the project focuses on discover and search for ways that the characteristic culture would and could flow to, in a way that traditions would meet modern values.
Waves of Doppler is Taiwanese composer Hsu Chia-Wei’s solo sound project. The project is a self-rediscover, discussing the context and different sounds and symbols. The works have been collaborated with several other forms of art, including a choreography of former Cloud Gate dancer, and a Golden Horse nominee documentary “Looking For?” a film discussing and interviewing different purposes/needs of gay online dating.
Previous works including Nanogram, which discusses the link between body movement and sound textures, the work was nominated and performed as a choreography in National Taipei University of Arts.
Another work Taiwanese Horror is a satire work of the current music scene where locals are attempting to swallow the seemingly Taiwanese culture into Western electronic music forms and structures, eventually transform into a weird kind of “Easterness” for outsiders, “stranger” for the insiders. Other than exhibitions and performances, the project shared stage with techno personalities like Phase Fatale, Mike Servito, Ulf Eriksson in Taiwan’s famous club Korner and Smoke Machine’s Spectrum Formosus, the project is also invited to techno events in Taiwan, including local label Smoke Machine’s festival Spectrum Formosus.
<Sponges> A Choreography by Lin Yuju – Composer
<Looking For?> A Documentary by Chou Tung-Yen – Composer
<Nonagon> Album collaborated with NTUA Dance Dept. – Artist
<Interview with Scooters> A “first-thing perspective” thing ethnography research and design of the scooters in Taiwan – Sound
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