Based in a compound that was once Taiwan’s Air Force Command Headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab (C-LAB) is a self-defined cultural laboratory. It operates as a site for broad cultural experimentation and innovation, to become a leading light of Taiwanese contemporary culture.Read More
C-LAB was established in 2018 by the Taiwan Living Arts Foundation of the Ministry of Culture, with innovation as a core directive. Such innovation is driven by collaborations between cultural and technical professionals at both the domestic and international level.
In the compound buildings, which have been and are being renovated, C-LAB hosts various lecture series, screenings, workshops, performances, collaborative experimental projects, and multidisciplinary exhibitions. Each initiative pushes and blurs the boundaries of art, science, technology, and social experimentation.
Acting as a domestic incubation hub for creative efforts, C-LAB works with a diverse array of Taiwanese ‘CREATORS’ from a diverse range of disciplines. These creators include creative and technical practitioners in the fields of sound art, bio-art, digital art, film, performance, installation, and conceptual art.
Among the creators are established artists, such as leading Taiwanese sound artist Lin Chi-Wei; leading international bio-artist and co-founder of the Taiwan BioArt Community Ku Kuang-Yi; and international collage-focused visual artist Liu Shih-Tung.
C-LAB also hosts exhibitions by mid-career and emerging artists like Chang Yung-Ta, who examines the relationship between technology, people, and the environment through live performance and sound and video installations; Chang Li-Ren, who tells stories through video installations, conceptual art, and animations; and audio-visual performance artist Huang Wei-Hsuan.
C-LAB additionally works with various performance and theatre groups like L'Enfant S. Physical Theatre and Thunar Circus, and multidisciplinary collectives such as the Libera work-gang, Groundzero, and Air Structure Lab.
C-LAB Exhibitions and Art Fairs
The historic buildings, multipurpose facilities, and urban aesthetic park within C-LAB’s compound have already played host to many collaborative projects and exhibitions.
An integral part of C-LAB’s programme is its annual exhibition. Previous iterations have included Re-Base: When Experiments Become Attitude (2018), which invited a multi-disciplinary selection of artists to respond to the newly opened and transforming site, and Re: Play (2020), which oriented itself around performance art and physical expressions and behaviour.
C-LAB is also involved more broadly with art events in Taipei, for instance co-presenting the 2020 Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition with Hong-gah Museum.
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