2018 Taiwan Biennial - Wild Rhizome

2018 Taiwan Biennial – Wild Rhizome

We (Yannick Dauby & Wan-Shuen Tsai) have been invited to participate to this exhibition in Taichung by showing two of our short films. These video words were created in 2015-2016 for the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016).

2018 Taiwan Biennial : artists Yannick Dauby & Wan-Shuen Tsai

2018 Taiwan Biennial, presented by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, will open on September 22 this year. The 6 th edition of Taiwan Biennial is continuing with last year’s model of building a curatorial team around two curators to undertake multilevel research, experiment and interdisciplinary collaboration.

2018 Taiwan Biennial will be co-curated by guest curator GONG Jow-Jiun and NTMoFA in-house curator CHOU Yu-Ling. The official theme of 2018 Taiwan Biennial has been set as “Wild Rhizome”. Following this theme, the exhibition will explore the organization of contemporary art in Taiwan, examining if there exists a way for art to take shape by “neither top down nor bottom up, but springing up like wild grasses from interstitial crevices”. The artistic realms that are positioned in these interstitial crevices, that are self-formed or born out of heterogeneous zones are exactly those pursued in this edition. Springing up between creative processes in nature, cultures and communities and taking roots in various art initiatives are themes that will be generated from artists’ imagination–wild lands, wild bodies, wild images and wild tribes–as they strive to present starkly different topologies in contemporary art. 


The Body of the Mountain
by Wan-Shuen Tsai & Yannick Dauby
Digital video, 16/9, 2016
Duration: 21:14

In 2010, we recorded a sung recitation by Laysa’ Batu’, an elder of an Atayal (indigenous people in Taiwan) community, describing the life under Japanese colonization. This film reminds the words of Laysa’, through the perspective of two younger Atayal working about traditional practices, local history and their transmission.
With the participation of : Pawang Iban and Laling Yumin,



Beiguan Music at the House of Jiang
by Wan-Shuen Tsai & Yannick Dauby
Digital video, 16/9, 2016
Duration: 23:26
Created for the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016)

This film is both the consequence and the origin of an event, which happened in a Hakka community in the hills of Hsinchu County (Taiwan). The group of traditional music Beiguan went back to the abandoned house that saw the birth of this musical practice in the area. On that day, it was the first time since 40 years that music resonated inside the old courtyard.
With the participation of: Beiguan Group in Nankeng, Xu Kuen-Ming, Shao-Zhong Chen