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About

佛在沙灘上

Buddha on the Beach* comprises three large interactive installations, two live performances, and twelve works of visual and video art by contemporary Taiwanese artists. In tribute to Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s 1976 opera *Einstein on the Beach*, the scenography is designed as a global space, aiming to provoke dialogue between the individual works while preserving the autonomy of each. It also adapts Buddhism’s “Six Realms of Karmic Rebirth” of Hell, Hungry Ghosts (great craving and eternal starvation), Beasts (stupidity and servitude), Asura (jealousy and constant war), Humans and Deva (heavenly pleasure) as metaphors for the complex changes and global crises. The exhibition offers a poetic glimpse of the current world and invites the viewer to reflect on our current crises and the need to invent new path for humanity.

Artworks

No Place to Live

Where can we go? Where else can we go? What more can we see in the present world, if we do not have a future? Is the road ahead as rugged as the road travelled? Who can I ask? Who can give me an answer? Where can I return to, if I am make my way home? It is a home with no one waiting for me—a home without a sense of belonging. I witness the world tumbl

3 States of the World

These three forms are independent, autonomous sculptures that also work in dialogue with one another. The first is a sphere that can be unfolded with a smooth, natural movement to form a sacred flower or matrix, evoking femininity, fertility, motion, peace and grace. The second is asymmetrically, with a pattern that recalls a Rubik's cube and refers to

Realm of Reverberations

In 1930, the Japanese colonial government established the Rakusei (later Losheng) Sanatorium for Lepers in what is now Xinzhuang District. The sanatorium was created to forcibly house and quarantine sufferers of Hansen's disease, and carry out the government's policies of marriage prohibition or forced sterilization. Residents were forbidden to lea