Micro Micro Revolution
4 July – 6 September 2015
Curator: Lu Pei-yi
Artists: Hsu Su-chen, Huang Po-chih, Lu Chien-ming, Wu Mali & Bamboo Curtain Studio
Micro Micro Revolution aims to explore the power of art as a vehicle to address social change in Taiwan through three socially-engaged art projects: “A Cultural Action at the Plum Tree Creek”, “Plant-Matter Needed” and “500 Lemon Trees”. These ongoing process-based, participative projects use art as a vehicle for addressing environmental issues, as a form of resistance, and as a platform for exchange.
Symposium: Transcultural Landscapes on Art and Ecology at The Whitworth Art Gallery.
3 July 2015
CFCCA presented a day long symposium, in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) held at the Whitworth Art Gallery, which sought to connect international and interdisciplinary artists, researchers and cultural and environmental practitioners from Taiwan and the UK. The main purpose of the symposium was to discuss the role of contemporary art in addressing recent politico-ecological evolutions in contemporary societies, exploring relations between environmental art, ecological science and public engagement.
Continuing a major consideration of the Micro Micro Revolution exhibition at CFCCA, the symposium acted as a platform for knowledge exchange and potential collaborations, initiating a global dialogue. The event focused on the correlation of contemporary art and environmental action, and the social implications and responsibilities of ecologically focused art practice. Speakers included: artists Huang Pochih, Hsu Suchen & Lu Chienming and Wu Mali from Micro Micro Revolution along with curator Lu Peiyi, Erika Rushton (Chair of Community Land Trust), Zoe Svendsen (World Factory), Valeria Ruiz Vargas (Education for Sustainable Development Coordinator at MMU), and Edward Fox (Landscape Architecture Programme Leader at Manchester School of Architecture).
Saturday Supplement: Taiwanese Art in Action at The Whitworth Art Gallery.
4 July 2015
The event involved a series of events and performances during the day, engaging audiences with socially engaged art and environmental concerns. To start the day Helen Stalker (Whitworth curator) and Ying Tan (CFCCA curator) delivered an informative tour of the Whitworth exhibition The M+ Sigg Collection: Chinese Art from the 1970s to now, looking at the socio-historical and cultural development of China documented through the M+Sigg collection highlights.
Debbie Sharp performed The River Runs Black in The Art Garden. The live sound and spoken word performance by artist Debbie sharp used natural materials (wood, stone, charcoal and water) from the river Medlock, along with old rusty nails, to create a new “action drawing”. Sharp was inspired by the Micro Micro Revolution statement “Connect the broken land with the water” and looked at the conflict between the natural environment and the man-made destruction that comes with economic growth. There was also a recital of Five Hundred Lemon Trees by Huang Po-chih. As part of his 500 Lemon Trees project, Po-chih recited poetic pieces of text he has written, inspired by, and to accompany, his ongoing project.