About PAN Zine
If Pan-Austro-Nesian Arts Festival can be viewed as an expedition about to embark, this PAN zine in your hand might serve as a guide to help you navigate among the various issues and artworks, allowing you to detect your own unique and meaningful trail in the exhibition.
First, what is PAN? The concept originates from three English words:
Pan－expansive, all-inclusive visions that transcend boundaries.
Austro－plural, non-center-constrained perspectives from the South.
Nesian－multi-lateral oceanic connections.
“Pan” implies transcending blood ties, languages, ethnic groups and national boundaries, and the concepts of “Austro” and “Nesian” convey fluidity and dissociation, an idea of “openness” opposite to mainstream cultures. In other words, Pan-Austro-Nesian embodies broader perspectives and possibilities. It departs from solely focusing on indigenous cultures and also challenges the public to become more flexible in interpreting the world from perspectives other than the dominant western narrative. What we care about is how contemporary ideas may mingle and intersect with memories, beliefs and traditions of the local land, including the use of ocean as a metaphor to create linkages and foster communications. Taking a southern perspective that reflects upon linearity and centralization, we attempt to build new paradigms that are no longer dominated by modern consumption and industrial civilization. Meanwhile, we pay close attention to the encounters, contacts and conflicts of different scenarios and possibilities, as well as the exchanges of pluralistic cultures.
Extending from the aforementioned ideas, PAN zine focuses on three main themes, attempting to respond and question through proposed artworks. The first theme “From Known to Unknown” explores how people or species define their own world view through interpersonal contacts, exchanges and conflicts, and thus open up or block their perspectives. In the “Dark Islands” theme, we touch upon the dark colonial past of the Pacific region, looking into how artists understand and comb through the past histories, and even mend memories with the present reality. Finally, the “Circle of Life” theme proposes new possibilities for mankind and nature, as well as within mankind, to reconstruct their relations.
島嶼逝者如斯：評珍．金．凱森的《Community of Parting》
#1 From Known to Unknown
Ocean Currents, Islands and the South: The Conception of the Pan-Austro-Nesian Arts Festival
Interview with KMFA Director Yulin Lee
Written by Po-Han Hsu
Translated by Serena Lin
C&G Art Group’s "Jakarta Event Book": From the Fantastic Sixteenth-Century Landscape to the Twenty-First-Century Big Data Globe
Written and Translated by Constance Hsu
Trial-Blazing on Islands: Intersections of Paper Mulberry and Snails in Time and Space
A Conversation between Enman Chang and Kuo-Fang Chung
Written by Han-Yau Huang
Translated by Leonard Chien
Map, Route, Trail: From Chang En-Man’s Snail Paradise to redraw culture-ecological imagination
Written by Yen-Hsiang Fang
Translated by Jo-Ying Peng
#2 Dark Islands
History and Imagination in the art of John Pule
Written by Peter Brunt
Translated and Abridged by Maggie Sur-Han Chang
An Island of No Return: On Jane Jin Kaisen’s Community of Parting
Written by Nien-Pu Ko
Ngahina Hohaia: Paopao ki tua o rangi
Written by Reuben Friend
Translated by Maggie Sur-Han Chang
#3 Circle of Life
Why so many Walls?
Written by Wesley Enoch
Translated by Kevin Yu
An octopus, a wave
Written by Lisa Wilkie
Translated by Maggie Sur-Han Chang
Art under the New Ecology, or, Artistic Expression during the“Dithering” Age
Written by Hasegawa Yuko
Translated by Lily ChenRan Ikeda
Abstract by Andrea Jung-An Liu
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