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Identity and Self-Realization 認同感與自我實現

Identity and Self-Realization 認同感與自我實現

 

 

Where do I come from? Where do I go?... These contributions offer tools to explore the complexities of identity, overcome contradictions and recognize one’s true self.

你的文化認同感很薄弱嗎?這裡的文章帶領你探索認同感的建立、矛盾的根源與自我意義的覺察。

 

 

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

CEFC Files: National Identity in the History of Taiwanese Film

Wafa Ghermani is currently a doctorate candidate in cinema studies (La Sorbonne and Lyon Universities). She focuses on the evolution of identities in Taiwanese film history since 1895 (the beginning of the Japanese colonial era) until today. She explains here how she delimited her field of research and gives some of its oultines while retracing for us briefly the timeline of cinema in Taiwan.

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Deflower

This is the trailer of the film I realized last summer.

"Clasping your consciousness
your back turned to the beast, 
you hide in a dark, dank hole.

Wake before the rotting of the flesh,
Deflowered."

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

自由花

2011 10月3日,我們被邀請到法國南部"馬賽"演出高郁宜舞蹈作品「自由花」。

「自由花」由兩段不同的夢境,揉為一瞬美好澄明的光影。

我們要前往遙遠未知的目的地,人漸漸的離去,
我看見自己的悲傷卻感到異常美好。
夢裡,大家已死去,寧靜平和的聚在黑暗當中;當事物只剩

下本質,從黑暗裏望出去的只有光明。

了無生機的沙灘兀自豎立的枯枝,萌出了新芽兒…
希望你,與我一同走進,共同存在和發生的當下之中。

 


表演全長約四十分鐘

編導 / 舞者:高郁宜
製作 / 音樂:楊子頡
影像 / 舞台:鄭晴心

高郁宜談自由花:

「『自由花』是我第一個自編自導自跳的『作品,然而一切都是從我跟Satyana和Pinti的討論開始的...我們決定各自做一個作品,然後我的腦中就開始充滿了各種畫面包括劇本、舞台設計、場景、燈光、戲服、音樂。提到音樂是我唯一遺憾的部份,這五次的演出後有觀眾來問我為什麼大部份用西方音樂,一方面是自由花的每個部份是同步的在我腦中不斷生長,我無法同時跟一個音樂人溝通。另一方也顯示了台灣在我這一代的音樂便是如此。

回到主題,『自由花』這個作品就在騎機車、記憶中、小時候的畫本裡、夢中、刷牙時、討論中、刹車時....形成了現在這個樣貌。在心理準備方面則是不斷從生活中的各種小細節裡交換養份得來。

舞踏原本始於對西方舞蹈與社會的反叛性,而這種反叛性於今對我來說是在日常生活的態度中對於喜、怒、哀、樂這些生命重量的一種反思。而舞蹈是我熱情與喜悅的源頭,同時也是做為探索挖掘未知且真實的自己的一條途徑。

我很感謝子頡與Pinti在不同方面給我的協助
舞蹈、音樂我尚蓋愛! 我們永遠不會分開!」

 

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

The Gift of Attentiveness

At the beginning of a new year, what wish do I want to express for myself and for the people whom I know and love? Let me think… Maybe, you’ll consider my wish to be rather unambitious (but think twice); I just wish all of us to cherish and nurture a tiny little virtue – a virtue often neglected: Attentiveness. Attentiveness to what? Well… to nothing in particular. Pure attentiveness. Attention to anything that may happen, to silence as well as music - to the changes that are occurring within oneself, society, the cosmos… Or, maybe, if such attentiveness is truly to be assigned an object: attention to the current of life that runs within the depth of my inner being.

There are privileged moments when the breeze of the night, the smell of incense or an unexpected moment of solitude will suddenly free us from our occupations. Our social Self is no longer our center. We calmly descend into depths that we had not explored yet, discerning layers of feelings and existence that challenge the way we used to perceive ourselves. This might happen indeed at specific, privileged times, but it is always prepared by long periods of maturing – periods that may have been marked by troubles and sorrow as well as by peace. Things just happen within us because we have been attentive, even if we were not fully conscious of the attentiveness we were exerting. Pure attention is not truly an effort we make - rather it is a state into which we enter. And the abyss of life opens up at some point, so that we may penetrate the inner grottoes, and contemplate the running water that bring us to our Origin.

In keeping with the water metaphor: Looking at the sea from the shore, till the waves have become the very music of our soul, may tell us something about entering pure attentiveness. The peace that comes from our surrendering to the current of life makes the same sound as the waves do. Taken into the interplay between the waves, the sand and the wind, we experience the innermost and outermost of our Being – what is more external to me than the external world, what is more internal to me that my most secret thoughts, all fuse into One…

In the ordinary situations of our life it is often very difficult to sense this secret world that inhabits us. We rather feel prisoners of a courtyard of bricks and mortar, and have to take solace from the rarefied foliage of a lonely tree… Still, Hope helps us to grow in the virtue of attentiveness, so as to make us able to fracture the closed walls of our courtyard. Here is my wish for you, dear readers of Renlai and of eRenlai: in 2012, may you be rewarded of your efforts at patience, hope and attention, so as to experience anew the current of life that runs deep within the universe, within humankind, and within your own souls…

Painting by Bendu

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

The Flâneur in Taiwan

Taipei-based filmmaker Pinti Zheng teams up with the members of avant-jazz project Flâneur Daguerre for this documentary exploring their music, their concept of "sound images," how they "wander" through musical space, and the musical life in Taipei. Includes footage from recording sessions, live shows, and interviews. (edited by Pinti Zheng with Louis Goldford)

Tuesday, 01 November 2011

什麼是「真正的人」?

歷史的真相究竟是什麼?恐怕很難從一部電影就獲得澄清,但是人性的矛盾、糾葛,卻能隨著故事情節中一一開展。於是,我們得以重新思索,所謂的文明,會不會只是勝利者的定義?

Monday, 26 September 2011

CEFC Files: The identity kaleidoscope of the first 'Taiwanese' generation

Dr. Tanguy Lepesant is an assistant professor at the National Central University, Chongli and a visiting researcher at CEFC Taipei. As part of our series of interviews with the team of researchers at CEFC Taipei,  Tanguy talked to us about his research on national and ethnic identity and nationalism of young Taiwanese born in the 1980's.Tanguy first came to Taiwan in 1997 when he was posted to the French Institute for 9 months, where as a political science doctoral candidate he quickly became interested in the political situation in Taiwan and changed his directions of study towards questions of Taiwanese identity and nation building. Tanguy chose to do his fieldwork on young Taiwanese born in the 80's as he felt they could form a "political and social generation" because they had been "socialised in a very different context to their parents". Here he introduces his research:

Thursday, 01 September 2011

Léo or the Letter and the Spirit

This story plays on the challenges for young children when they go to school for the first time. Mister Laflèche tries to help a pupil enjoy learning how to read and write on his first day. The letters are anthropomorphised, so as to exorcise the fear of the child. Each letter represents something meaningful for everybody, even if they are not involved directly in the western biblical culture. We have to go beyond contradictions that separate the living relationship (the spoken language) from the written language. Enjoy together with your mother, father, son or daughter.

Thank you to Nino Rota for the music and to Nick Coulson for the English translation

 

Friday, 26 August 2011

Viba Brings 80's Sound to World Music

Photo courtesy of Craig Ferguson

Viba hails from London but is a long-term resident of Taipei. Original inspiration stemmed from the Human League, Depeche Mode and other synth bands of the 80s, which led to the formation of several bands based around an array of Roland synthersizers.

Viba left the UK in 93 to become a resident DJ in Taipei and was at least partly responsible for bringing many of the house techno tunes of the London underground at the time to these shores. Viba started writing material again in the early naughties and has had numerous commercial releases since 2006; most notably, the solo album, East-West Relations, which clearly showed influences of more than a decade in Taiwan.

The most recent two years has seen the formation of ElectroFunk band Space Funk and work on several projects for film and video. However, 2011 has seen the return of much more solo material from one of the most prominent electronica artists on the island.

Interview by C. Phiv, edited and subtitled by Lisa Lo.

Viba's Music

 


Viba participates in the in the 2011 Renlai World Music Compilation, he'll perform in Taipei on September 16th, more info here.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Our youngest volunteer

On July 12th, 2011, Joshua Carroll, 12 years old, spent one day at the Taipei Ricci Institute to fulfill part of his community service for his boarding school in Australia. He shares with us his impressions of Taipei and his experience as a young volunteer:

Monday, 01 August 2011

Tracking the Origin of Music with the Orbit Folks

Orbit Folks is a Taiwan based international creative music project that brings together people from different nationalities and different musical backgrounds. Lead by Belgian double-bassist and composer Martijn Vanbuel they experiment with combining jazz, folk, classical, world and improvisation. Orbit Folks has put out their first album “The Missing Link”, which was nominated in 5 categories and 2 awards for the Golden Melody Awards in 2011. The album features the live band, consisting of violin, piano, double bass and table, as well as special guest from Taiwan, Italy and Ukraine.

Friday, 08 July 2011

Ka Dao Yin: The Flowing Improvisation

Pronounced "Ka-Dao-Yin"(卡到音), the group's Chinese name represents the sound characters of "to be caught up in", which indicates that the co-existed danger and unexpected threat-turned-excitement is lurking throughout the whole music making process when it's exclusively improvised. With Shih-Yang Lee on piano, Chih-Po Yang on Sheng, Jun-De Liu on Guzheng, and Klaus Bru on Saxophones, the avant-garde sound experiment is tinged by the delicate charm of oriental ethnic, formulated with the western classical music's deliberation, and geared towards radical jazz-rock like motion, and intentionally, together all these elements are manipulated by these four Cats to urge a fused new style of music derive that is challenging to define.

Lee Shih-Yang - Piano
Klaus Bru - C Melody Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Liu Chun-De - Guzheng
Yang Chih-Po - Sheng

Ka Dao Yin's website


Ka Dao Yin participates in the in the 2011 Renlai World Music Compilation, they'll perform in Taipei on July 9th, more info here.

Watch the band perform at the Zhongshan Hall in Taipei (2009)

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