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Professor Stephan Feuchtwang

Dr Fang-Long Shih

Transformers: cities in transition (in England and in Taiwan

With Ms Feng-Ru Lee (University of Birmingham)

Series: Seminar on Taiwan in Comparative Perspective

Date: Thursday 19 October 2006, 6pm-8pm

Venue: Seligman Library (Room A607), Old Building, London School of Economics (LSE)

Chair: Professor Stephan Feuchtwang (Taiwan Culture Research Programme)


Interactive Performance: Counting Sheep-From This Mountain to That One (Approximately 6 minutes).

Brief introduction about artist/curator's background: Her art practice, the media she is using, being a Taiwanese artist and curator living and working in the UK.

Recent projects:

  1. Counting Sheep. From her recent performance works to talk about the experience of working in an international contemporary art gallery in Birmingham, cross cultures and languages to communicate. Discuss seeing artists as products, artist hiring/commission works, marketing and network.
  2. Transformer: The Small Extensions. A recent solo exhibition which was about her responses to the changes in the city she lives. Seeing Birmingham city's modernization as a massive transformer, her attempt was to add small art works into various locations and different functional spaces in the city centre. The audience was given invitations with maps and was encouraged to find those works hidden or displayed in spaces. She was hoping to give the viewers the new aspects to those ordinary places in the city.
  3. SeeSaw. A project happened in two countries, simultaneously across time zones. A group exhibition was run in Birmingham and Kaohsiung. Three English artists and three Taiwanese artists played with new media, using images and sound to travel through time and space to communicate and have multiple existences in modern societies.

Questions: Celebrating increase in consumption of digital products and plastic towers in big cities like London, Taipei, Birmingham and Kaohsiung. What are the benefits of having more and more festivals, biennials and various new cultural events? How do artists survive by using new media to represent the modern lifestyle?

About the speaker

Ms Feng-Ru Milee Lee is a Taiwanese Artist and Curator currently working and living in Birmingham, UK. Her work often concerns the change and regeneration within urban life, interactions and observations reflexes both shifting and inserting of the self existence. She combines different media such as installation, performance, new technology, video, painting, print and sculpture. She has exhibited throughout the UK, Taiwan and also internationally. She is also known as curator and has curated several exhibitions in the UK and Taiwan.