Illuminating the hill

The Treasure Hill Environmental Art Lantern Festival will kick off tomorrow with art installations that shed light on social issues and historical injustices

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 27, 2015
By: Ho Yi  /  Staff reporter

Do not expect there to be real lanterns at the Treasure Hill Environmental Art Lantern Festival

A scene from last year’s performance at the lantern festival held at Treasure Hill Artist Village.  Photo courtesy of Taipei Culture Foundation

A scene from last year’s performance at the lantern festival held at Treasure Hill Artist Village. Photo courtesy of Taipei Culture Foundation

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(寶藏巖環境藝術燈節), set to open at 7pm tomorrow at Taipei’s Treasure Hill Artist Village (寶藏巖國際藝術村). Instead, installations will illuminate the hills, creating a pensive mood for visitors to contemplate the controversial history of this now popular cultural attraction.

Launched in 2012, the annual festival features performances and installations by contemporary artists from Taiwan and Japan, some of whom were former artists-in-residence.

“We don’t come up with a theme and give it to the artists. The artists have to come here and examine the place first, and then start to think about what they want to do,” says Yang Hsiao-wei (楊筱薇) from the Taipei Culture Foundation’s Department of Artist-in-Residence (台北市文化基金會藝術村營運部).     [FULL  STORY]