Songs from the Moon Rabbit-2021 Asian Art Biennial Forum
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Songs from the Moon Rabbit-2021 Asian Art Biennial Forum

Session Information

Number of Sessions Registration Period Attendance Limit
日曆圖案 2021/10/30 10:00 ~ 2021/10/30 16:10
2021/10/07 10:00
~ 2021/10/28 23:59
日曆圖案 2021/10/31 10:00 ~ 2021/10/31 16:50
2021/10/07 10:00
~ 2021/10/28 23:59

Event Information

October 30~31, 2021 Auditorium, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

Event Details

    The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts has been holding the Asian Art Biennial since 2007, to observe, study and explore a vision of Asia and introduce the latest trends in Asian contemporary art. Through this exhibition and this event facilitating discussion and exchange among artists, the Biennial serves as a platform of exchange for contemporary Asian art by gathering many artists, experts, and academics from all over the Asian-Pacific region together at one venue. Its mission is to expand and enhance cultural exchange and facilitate a diversity of perspectives on Asian culture.

    The curatorial theme of the 2021 Asian Art Biennial is “Phantasmapolis”. It investigates the presentation of sci-fi topics in modern and contemporary Asian art. This year we explore the idea of Asian Futurism in response to modern technology and life in Asia. It is also an attempt to create an Asian viewpoint on science-fiction and the future. “Songs from the Moon Rabbit-2021 Asian Art Biennial Forum” is organized by Thanavi CHOTPRADIT, member of the curatorial team this year. The Forum draws inspiration from an ancient Chinese myth and a conversation that took place in space. It begins with an encounter between eastern legends and western science and goes on to imagine a variety of future possibilities in Asian art.

    This forum invites members of the curatorial team this year, researchers, scholars, and participating artists from Taiwan and overseas to engage in dialogues and exchange of ideas. The aim is to facilitate conversion in thinking about issues of various aspects, including sci-fi space, ecological and architectural environment, and natural phenomenon to expand the multiplicity of cultural perspectives in Asian art.

Content of the Forum

    The development of space science has created a breakthrough in cosmic knowledge and technology, and has also become a projection for imagining the future. From the perspective of space technology in connection with Asian fables, this forum will present various thoughts and interpretations of Asian art on the future.

    095:17:28 Evans: Roger. Among the large headlines concerning Apollo this  
    morning, is one asking that you watch for a lovely girl with a big rabbit. An
    ancient legend says a beautiful Chinese girl called Chang-O has been living     
   there for 4,000 years. It seems she was banished to the Moon because she   
    stole the pill of immortality from her husband. You might also look for her
  companion, a large Chinese rabbit, who is easy to spot since he is always
  standing on his hind feet in the shade of a cinnamon tree. The name of the
  rabbit is not reported.

   095:18:15 Collins: Okay. We'll keep a close eye out for the bunny girl.

    Fifty-two years ago, in the darkness of the lunar maria, the Moon Rabbit listened to a conversation between Capcom Ronald E. Evans and Command Module Pilot Michael Collins during the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon. They thought, amusingly, that humans did not know that the Moon Rabbit was ungendered. It was also surprising to see that their imagined stories that have been intertwined with folktales, fables and art throughout that particular area on Earth called “Asia” came back to their ears in this historic moment of the first landing of humans on the Moon.

    Fifty-two years have passed, the Moon Rabbit looked back on that conversation. What is the Moon to Earth? What are continents, regions, countries, and nation states? What is art? They wonder. In outer space, these are all myths, just like their stories to humans. During the scientific lunar landing when the Asian ancient legends met with the Western astronauts, the geographical boundary dissolved. Despite the tension of the Cold War climate, cultural beliefs flew across borders, imagination took flight. Holding the Silver Crystal in their hands, the Moon Rabbit looks at the Blue Planet far away, and recalls an unrealized project Selene—Monument to Man’s Conquest of the Moon by a Chinese-born Taiwanese architect WANG Da-Hong. The Moon Rabbit then composes the songs, dreaming of a flow of conversation in a forum about the future of art in that territory known as “Asia” where their stories have been told for thousands of years. 

October 30, 2021

Panel I     Strolling Through the Cities of the Un-Arrival

    In 2013, WANG Da-Hong (1917-2018), a pioneer of modernist architecture in Taiwan published an English sci-fi novel with a Greek title Phantasmagoria, depicting futuristic utopian life aboard a spaceship. His creative cultural fusion inspires the theme of the 8th Asian Art Biennial. Phantasmapolis, a combination of two Greek words: phantasma (apparition, specter) and polis (city), explores various aspects of Asian futurism and sci-fi culture in Asia under a conceptual framework “spectral city”. In this panel, a multi-national, interdisciplinary curatorial team will discuss their interpretation of Phantasmapolis, their specific programs and their visions of Asian metropolises as the cities of the “un-arrival”. Strolling Through the Cities of the Un-Arrival investigates the idea of Asian futurism and its historical context as well as the sci-fi culture in Asian modern and contemporary art.

Panel II   The Cabinet of Queer Sci-Fi

    Derived from the term “cabinets of curiosities” or “wonder rooms”, the small collections of extraordinary objects that attempt to categorize and tell stories the wonders of the natural world, this panel discusses what lies beyond gender binary, queerness in Asian futurism and art. The Cabinet of Queer Sci-Fi regards “queer” as unsolidified concept which keep updating and throwing questions to the social construction on gender and the distinction between human and non-human. Archival projects and artworks shared in this panel will open a conversation on queer sci-fi as a catalyst that accelerates human imagination to dig and explore the “unknown” of existing world.

Panel III   The Spectral Terrain

    Have human beings permanently changed the planet? Geologists have proposed that Earth has entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, as we humans have become a predominantly planetary force. Our activities leave global effects on natural ecosystems and the biophysical systems of Earth. The Spectral Terrain will initiate a dialogue on Asian futurism in connection to the transformation of natural resources to the built environment, urban development, climate crisis and other ecological concerns. It conceptualizes the future in the now. The panel revolves around the relationship between aesthetics, urbanization and imagination in an era of ecological crisis.

October 31, 2021

Panel I    The Society in the Cloud

    As a cloud is a visible mass of particles of condensed vapor suspended in the atmosphere, The Society in the Cloud considers a cloud as a metaphoric space for futuristic, imagined societies. From an invented tribe called “Hootik” to a hypothetical future society consisting of aging population and a cyberpunk world where robot becomes human weapon, this panel centers at sci-fi imagination of the future societies of Asia. It concentrates on an interdisciplinary approach in order to widen a perspective of and sensitivity to the meaning of art and society. The panelists will share their ideas and projects from artistic, social, political and anthropological point of view.

Panel II    The Eclipse Shadow

    When the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, the Moon blocks the light of the Sun and a shadow of the Moon is cast on Earth’s surface. This natural phenomenon inspires the discussion of the idea of the future in retrospect and the platform as shadowy, ghostly space within the biennial space. The Eclipse Shadow will elaborate on a projection and videos that represent the neon sign boards in Taiwan during 1970 to 1980, a creation of an independent online video stream platform for the video art program and a construction of a pavilion that hosts the video program and the archive program. The panelists will discuss an interplay between physical structure, screening and the ontology of moving images on the internet.

Panel III Standing at the Threshold

    Liminality is “a moment in and out of time”: a threshold stage of a process. Standing at the Threshold examines the liminality of place and body as a limbo situated betwixt and between the past and the future positions.  The panel will play around the moving of time, forward and backward, together with the moving of the body within different types of space, inside and outside a screen, as spaces of liminality or the sites of passage. Time loop, time travel, time moving, future time and past time will be elaborated in relation to the possibilities of imaging the indigenous futurism in Asian contemporary art and moving images.    


(Sat) October 30, 2021/ Auditorium, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts




  Opening Ceremony
  WANG Chia Cheng (Deputy Director, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts)
  TAKAMORI Nobuo (Curator, 2021 Asian Art Biennial)
  Thanavi Chotpradit (Curator, 2021 Asian Art Biennial)




  PanelⅠ|Strolling Through the Cities of the Un-Arrival
  Moderator|Thanavi Chotpradit (Curator, 2021 Asian Art Biennial)
  Panelists|TAKAMORI Nobuo (Curator, 2021 Asian Art Biennial)
               |HO Yu-Kuan (Curator, 2021 Asian Art Biennial)
               |Tessa Maria Guazon (Curator, 2021 Asian Art Biennial)(Online)                          |Anushka Rajendran (Curator, 2021 Asian Art Biennial)(Online)


Lunch Break


  Panel Ⅱ|The Cabinet of Queer Sci-Fi
  Moderator|Thanavi Chotpradit
  Panelists|LI Yi Fan (Participating Artist) (Taiwan)
               |I-Chun (Nicole) Wang (Researcher of Archived Projects) (Taiwan)
               |ISOMURA Dan + UNNO Rintaro (Participating Artist) (Japan) (Online)




  Panel Ⅲ|The Spectral Terrain
  Moderator|Thanavi Chotpradit
  Panelists|Lim Sokchanlina (Participating Artist) (Cambodia)(Online)
               |Sharbendu De (Participating Artist) (India) (Online)
               |LIN Shu Kai (Participating Artist) (Taiwan)
               |Jeffrey HOU (Professor, College of Built Environments, University                                   of Washington)


   Guided tour of 2021 Asian Art Biennial


(Sun) October 31, 2021/ Auditorium, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts






  PanelⅠ:The Society in the Cloud
  Moderator|Thanavi Chotpradit
  Panelists|The Hootikors (Lama Motis+Cheku-Chelagu)(Participating Artist)                          (Taiwan)
               |CHEN Jun Yu (Participating Artist) (Taiwan)
               |Sarover Zaidi (Professor, Jindal School of Art & Architecture, India)                      (Online)


Lunch Break


   Panel Ⅱ:The Eclipse Shadow
   Moderator|Thanavi Chotpradit
   Panelists|LEE Yung Chih (Participating Artist) (Taiwan)
                | (CAMP & 0x2620) (Participating Artist) (India) (Online)                          |office aaa (Participating Artist) (Taiwan)
                |Pathompong Manakitsomboon (Lecturer, Department of Media Arts       and Design, Faculty of Fine Art, Chiang Mai University,Thailand) (Online)    




  Panel Ⅲ:Standing at the Threshold
  Moderator|Thanavi Chotpradit
  Panelists|Catalina Africa (Participating Artist) (Philippines) (Online)
                |LIU Yu + WU Sih Chin (Participating Artist) (Taiwan)
                |Mattie Do (Participating Artist) (Laos) (Online)
                |WANG Jun Jieh (Participating Artist) (Taiwan)




 Panel Discussion
Thanavi Chotpradit
Participating Artists

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