Being: the discovery of the other. Or how foreign stays foreign. The great theme of our time.

Gertjan Zuilhof


Discovering the Other

World. Asia. Taiwan. Taipei. National Palace Museum.

It may sound as a paradox, but the scoop of this relatively small presentation is no less than the whole world. The planet. Not just the world of artists and filmmakers, but also the world of all people. All people for example that fly like crazy around this globe as we can see in the present day futurism of Marilyn Fairskey. Airport people we know so well since they are us. If not me. Her ingeniously shaped vision of airports shows them as places that could be nowhere and anywhere. Not just Australia. Not just Asia. Maybe not even just the world.


Being open to the world. Being open to other cultures. It might not be enough. Living another culture could be the only way for serious exploring. Edgar Honetschlaeger can hardly be seen as an Austrian artist anymore. Not only is he one of those other globalists, he also spent more than a decade in Tokyo and it sharpened his witty view on one of the most interesting and hard to conquer cultures on earth. A view that is playful and serious at the same time. A view that helps others to understand. With pleasure.


Yael Bartana also left her country of origin, Israel. Also to sharpen her view. However, in her case she went back time and again to make her work in her country. Or her former country. One of the most complicated countries in the world that she reveals in illuminating miniatures. Made with the gaze of an outsider and an insider at the same time. Therefore, the self can be very much the other. A tragic miracle.


In addition, Deborah Stratman traveled the world and Asia in particular. Not to find a new country, but to see things like an age-old group of acrobats that travel through China. A China that for a very long time has been big enough for them, but now even in remote places the world is getting smaller.


The world of Apichatpong Weerasethakul might be the biggest of them all, since he does not stop at the real world. Probably one of the most modern artists/filmmakers working and living in Asia right now his work is full of the older wonders and believes of his native Thailand. Weerasethakul made a name for himself in the Western art world as well as the international film world, but the spirit of his work stayed close to his roots.


And yes Ella Raidel left her country to settle in Taiwan. In Taipei. Far from being a local artist, she made her new town, new country, new continent as her new subjects. Like urban landscapes that move and change overnight. Having still a fresh eye on Taipei and being familiar with the National Palace Museum, her contribution could be called tailor made. She worked together with the local artist and curator Hongjohn Lin.


Moreover, the real home artist is the internationally famous filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang. He is bringing a specific local atmosphere to the museum, but it is an atmosphere even a lot of locals will not know. The intimate style of professional love mixed with the charming style of home movies. Clearly thought in opposition to the high and official art of the National Palace Museum. Nevertheless, it is also clearly an opposition that is willing to fit in. That speaks to the tradition.


For a short while, the National Palace Museum will be the home and the theatre to some of to most interesting artists and filmmakers on the globe. Artist and filmmakers who made the discovering of other worlds, other cultures and other arts to their nature. They are here to discover the museum and the museum should discover them.


Gertjan Zuilhof

programmer

International Film Festival Rotterdam

curator

Discovering the Other


Artist Forum
Venue:Auditorium, National Palace Museum
Date  :07.07.2007
Time  :1400-1600

Curator Forum
Venue:Auditorium, National Palace Museum
Date  :07.08.2007
Time  :1400-1600