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July 9, 2012

Austronesian International Arts Award 2012


I. Purpose 

Taitung County Government has been dedicated to the artistic interactions and dialogues among Taiwan’s diverse ethnic groups for years. In order to enhance creation vitality and enrich local artistic style, the government began to host the “Austronesian Cultural Festival” in the beginning of this century. The festival is aimed to integrate artistic individuals as well as groups from neighboring countries in the Pacific Ocean, invite them to interact and perform with Taiwan’s indigenous artists, and thus present special vitality and cohesion. To strengthen the above-mentioned concept, the Taitung County Government Bureau of Cultural Affairs launched the first-time “Austronesian International Arts Award” in 2011 and is going to host it again this year. The event is expected to bring artists from different places together, creating artwork and enriching cultural vitality through good policies and strategies that conform to the spirit of artistic creation.


II. Related Units
  1. Supervisor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  2. Organizer: Taitung County Government
  3. Sub-organizer: Taitung County Government Bureau of Cultural Affairs
  4. Co-organizer: Indigenous Peoples Office of Taitung County Government, Cultural Foundation of Taitung County
  5. Road Exhibition Co-organizer: Posted on the website of Taitung County Government Bureau of Cultural Affairs

III. Eligibility 
The competition is open to all artists all over the world regardless of ethnicity or nationality.

IV. Spirit of Creation
The word “Austronesian” comes from an anthropological term “Austronesian language family.” After being used for many years by academic communities, it now refers to ethnic groups living on islands in the South Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. Such ethnic groups are widely distributed, covering Taiwan to the north, Easter Island to the east, Madagascar to the west and New Zealand to the south. The family has a large number of Austronesia languages and ethnic origins with pure and clean scenery containing multi-cultures in their inhabited areas. Many literary reviews have proved that Taiwan is the homeland of the “Austronesian language family.” Thus, the “Austronesian” cultural style can be felt from the lives of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples.
This year, no specific theme is set for the arts award. Entrants only need to transform “Austronesian” from anthropologic meaning to aesthetic description, guiding or implying the direction of artistic creation.
The Austronesian aesthetic meaning is far from the world’s mainstream art. Artistic styles of excessive knowledge, globalization and lack of originality are not encouraged. We hope that the artists can go back to the original world, return to the context where art is just taking place, and put themselves in the process where the land (natural materials) and the world (meaning) intertwine. It is at this time that the visions are fresh, the materials are nature, the emotions are direct, and the creations are passionate. We call for this type of artists as well as their artwork.
Artistic creation is free while aesthetic guidance is not. It is understandable that absolute freedom results in relative nothingness. A guided starting point will help explore the quest of meanings. Therefore, we strongly recommend that artists can visit Taitung in person, for it is the morning of the world, the land of the sunrise and the purest place in Taiwan. Living here for a while, visiting tribes, and experiencing indigenous peoples’ culture and life will greatly help artistic creation.

V. Category
  1. Graphical, three-dimensional or device-attached works made of single or mixed media.
  2. Size:
(1) Graphical work: Length and width shall not exceed 200cm. Joint, combined or series works are regarded as one piece after assembled, and its total length and width shall conform to the above specifications.
(2) Three-dimensional and device-attached work: Each work’s length and width shall not exceed 150cm, with its height not over 200cm and its weight not over 200kg. Combined works are regarded as one piece after assembled, and its total length, width, height and weight shall also conform to the above specifications.

(3) The entrants must prepare necessary equipment by themselves if their works have audio-visual or interactive effects.
  1. Restriction:
(1) Each entrant is allowed to submit one piece of entry work only. The submitted work must not counterfeit or infringe other people’s intellectual property rights. And it must be personally created by the entrant within the past two years, and had never been selected or awarded in local or foreign open competitions. 
(2) All of the entry works will be exhibited indoors. Thus, the consideration for moving and display security must be based on the principle of not damaging hardware structure of the exhibition hall.
(3) The entry work will not be reviewed if not conforming to the regulations in the Guidelines.
VI. Selection Method
  1. List of the preparatory committee for the “Austronesian International Arts Award 2012” (in Mandarin alphabetical order):
1
Shih Jui-Jen
Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei
2
Wu A-Sun
Artist
3
Lin Yung-Fa
Director, National Taitung Living Art Center
4
Lin Jian-Cheng
Research Assistant, Division of Exhibition and Education, National Museum of Prehistory, Taiwan
5
Lin Shen-Shyan
Artist
6
Tseng Mei-chen
Associate Researcher, Research Department, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
7
Liao Jen-I
Director, Yilan County Lanyang Museum
8
Pan Sheau-Shei
Dean, College of The Arts, National Dong Hwa University
9
Lai Jun-Jun
Artist
10
Ku Shih-Yung
Professor, Graduate Institute of Plastic Arts, Tainan National University of The Arts
  1. The selection process includes two stages: preliminary selection (review of the written documents) and final selection (on-site review of the works).
  2. Selection panel: The members of the preparatory committee consist of the selection panel that is responsible for the preliminary and final selection. If there is any committee member unable to attend the panel meeting, the organizer would appoint another scholar or expert to fill in the vacancy.

VII. Entry Method
“First Stage: Preliminary Selection”
  1. Review of the written documents and CD-ROMs about the entry work.
  2. Submission deadline: July 2 (Mon.) -- 16 (Mon.), 2012 (Postmarked)
  3. Submission way: All of the written documents and CD-ROMs are required to be sent via registered mail or be delivered in person to the Visual Arts Division of Taitung County Government Bureau of Cultural Affairs (No. 350, Zhejiang Rd., Taitung City, Taitung County 950, Taiwan). Please state on the envelope “Preliminary Selection for the Austronesian International Arts Award 2012.”

  1. Materials required:
(1) Document: Single-sided A4 copies of Form 1-1, Form 1-2, Form 1-3; one standard 5x7-inch photo showing the complete entry work; and the entrant’s signature.
(2) CD-ROM: Label on the surface of CD-ROM the creator’s name and work title, and save the following files in it.
1) Files of Form 1-1, Form 1-2 and Form 1-3 in word format.
2) One digital photo of the creator (6x6cm/350dpi/jpg) with the creator’s name as its file name.
3) Digital files of the reference works: three photos of the works made by the creator within two years (350dpi/jpg), with the file names sequentially named “Reference Work 1,” “Reference Work 2” and “Reference Work 3.”
4) Digital files of the entry works:
Category
Digital file
Graphic
l   One standard photo showing the complete work. (Please juxtapose all joint, assembled or series works in the photo.)
l   Two photos of partial, detailed or close-up images.
l   Use the “work title + serial number” as the file name. The standard photo is serial number one, e.g. work title 1.jpg
Three-Dimensional
l   One standard photo showing the complete work.
l   Four photos of partial, detailed or close-up images in different perspectives.
l   Use the “work title + serial number” as the file name. The standard photo is serial number one, e.g. work title 1.jpg
Mixed Media
l   One standard photo showing the complete work.
l   Four photos of partial, detailed or close-up images in different perspectives.
l   One assembly instruction (including individual components, assembly steps, and notice of assembly and disassembly process).
l   Use the “work title + serial number” as the file name. The standard photo is serial number one, e.g. work title 1.jpg
Audio-Visual (with device)
l   Video about whole dynamic display effect of the work (limited in three minutes).
l   Compact video content (limited in five minutes).
l   Complete video content for live broadcast.
l   Three photos of the static screenshots (at 350dpi resolution).
l   One assembly instruction (including individual components, assembly steps and notice of assembly and disassembly process).
l   Use the “work title + serial number” as the file name. Assign serial numbers according to the above sequence.
Audio-Visual (without device)
l   Compact video content (limited in five minutes).
l   Complete video content for live broadcast.
l   Three photos of the static screenshots (at 350dpi resolution).
l   Use the “work title + serial number” as the file name. Assign serial numbers according to the above sequence.

  1. Format of digital file:
(1) Each of the static photos must be saved in jpg format at 350dpi resolution. As the preliminary selection process depends on the photos only, please provide clear and well-taken ones.
(2) Dynamic audio-visual works must be made in mpg, avi or wmv format. Please assure that they can be properly played on a PC platform.
(3) Sound and music works must be made in CD standard format 16bit/44.1kHz stereo and in wav or aif format. Please assure that they can be properly played on a PC platform. Incomplete information will not be accepted. All of the documents and photos will NOT be returned after being reviewed. Please keep your own copy before submission.
  1. All of the Guidelines and entry forms can be downloaded from the website of Taitung County Government Bureau of Cultural Affairs (http://www.ccl.ttct.edu.tw/ch/index.aspx/). (Or Call the National Commission for Culture and the Arts for copies of the forms at tel.no. 5272192. Look for Ms. Maricel Diaz).
  2. Contact Info: Ms. Chen, Visual Arts Division, Taitung County Government Bureau of Cultural Affairs.
(2) Fax: +886-89-336150
(3) Address: No. 350, Zhejiang Rd., Taitung City, Taitung County 950, Taiwan

Submission deadline: July 2 (Mon.) -- 16 (Mon.), 2012 (Postmarked)

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