Art For Social Change And Cultural Awakening: An Anthropology Of Residence In Taiwan by Wei Hsiu TungArt For Social Change And Cultural Awakening: An Anthropology Of Residence In Taiwan by Wei Hsiu Tung

Art For Social Change And Cultural Awakening: An Anthropology Of Residence In Taiwan

byWei Hsiu TungEditorGerald Cipriani

Paperback | May 19, 2017

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Artistic residency has become widely adopted in Western countries while only recently having become popular and well-supported within Taiwan. This book explores the challenges that this form of art practice faced in contemporary Taiwan from the revocation of Martial Law in 1987 to the 2000s-arguably one of the most exciting periods in the sociocultural history of the island. Case studies show what is at stake politically, historically, and socially in artists' endeavours to give shape to a sense of Taiwanese identity.Despite the prevalence of artists engaged in social issues in today's world and the undeniable contributions of artistic residency to contemporary art practice, little literature or scholarly research has been conducted on the practical, conceptual, and ideological aspects of artist residency. Very often, it is perceived in very narrow terms, overlooking explicit or hidden issues of localism, nationalism and globalization. If artistic residence did indeed emerge from the radical movements of the 1960s and 70s in the Western world-and especially Britain-then this book argues that the contemporary sociocultural context of Taiwan calls for redefined, culturally-specific models of residency.  The precarious geo-political situation of Taiwan has made issues of cultural identity-tackled by artists and successive governments alike-very sensitive. A new genre of artistic residence in Taiwan would mean that artists involved from whatever cultural background operate as engaging interpreters; their roles would not be confined to mirroring culture and society. These artists-in-residence would contribute to cultural awakening by offering ways of negotiating creatively with otherness, and this for the sake of a better social life and shared identity.
About the Author Wei Hsiu Tung was born and brought up in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She studied art education at Warwick University and social anthropology of art at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, United Kingdom. She has been teaching the theory of art at National University of Tainan, Taiwan, and was in 2010-2011 Visiting Res...
Title:Art For Social Change And Cultural Awakening: An Anthropology Of Residence In TaiwanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 8.95 × 6.01 × 0.61 inPublished:May 19, 2017Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0739165852

ISBN - 13:9780739165850

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Table of Contents

Table of ContentsAcknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Art as Sociocultural RepresentationChapter 2: Concepts and Practices in Artistic ResidenceChapter 3: Art in Taiwan: The Quest for IdentityChapter 4: Artistic Residence in TaiwanChapter 5: Towards a New Genre of Artistic ResidenceConclusion BibliographyAbout the Authors

Editorial Reviews

This is an atypical study in focuses on artists in residence as a community.engaged in the shaping of currents and values reflective of changing times. The author emphasizes in particular the ongoing importance of cultural identity in these deeper introspections and debates. By invoking an anthropological approach, the emphasis is really on the experiential aspects of artistic production. The practice of residential communities is perhaps not unlike the seminal role that Jürgen Habermas attributed to salons in the structural transformation of the public sphere. For all these reasons, this monograph should be of interest to scholars not only in art but also cultural studies in general and critically minded students of all kinds working on contemporary Asia and elsewhere.