The opening ceremony of On Set in the City – Works by Yu Cheng-ta is scheduled for Friday 8th March 2013 at 6:30pm in Tap Seac Gallery. The exhibition, organised by the Macao S.A.R. Cultural Affairs Bureau, features video installation works created by the young Taiwanese artist Yu Cheng-ta in a number of cities in which he has had artistic residencies since 2008. These works, recording his journey from Taipei to Aomori in Japan, to Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand, and to Macao, employ a humorous and facetious artistic language as a means of interpreting the thoughts of a foreigner encountering an alien culture.
Yu currently resides and works in Taipei and has participated in numerous international exhibitions, winning awards on many occasions, including First Place in the Taipei Arts Awards (2008) and Beacon Prize in Art Fair Tokyo (2012). Following the screening of his work at the 6th Taipei Biennial, he was chosen to participate in the Taiwan Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, on behalf of Taiwan. In 2009, he was invited to participate in the Biennial Cuvée in Austria. In 2012, he participated in the 5th International Biennale of Media Art in Melbourne, Australia and the Made in Asia Festival in Toulouse, France.
Yu has developed a keen interest in the inaccuracies and nuance of language that arise from cultural differences. He also seeks to explore the identity, rights, recreation and translation issues deriving from language fractures through the preview of physical performance and language repetition that is regularly presented in his works, with a view to unveiling the seemingly pre-scheduled context of reality. The exhibition will also showcase work that was created in Macao at the invitation of the Cultural Affairs Bureau. This Macao work seeks to interpret his reflections upon the contemporary world as an outsider.
On Set in the City – Works by Yu Cheng-ta will run from 8th March to 28th April 2013 in the Tap Seac Gallery, open daily from 10am to 7pm. Admission is free. All residents are welcome to attend the opening ceremony, enjoy the unique video installation works on show and experience the creativity and joy of this artist’s works.