Amy Cheng is an independent curator who lives and works in Taipei.
She is the co-founder of TheCube Project Space, which serves as an independent art space devoted to the research, production and presentation of contemporary art in Taipei. Her curatorial practice centers on the historical and geopolitical relations between Asia and the world in the contemporary scene. With the aim of delving into local culture and establishing long-term relationships with artists and cultural practitioners, she explores the possibility of “expanding curating”. Since 2010, she has promoted the studies on Taiwan’s modern sound cultures and extended this endeavor to multiple cultural forms such as exhibition, publication, online database, and internet radio.
The exhibitions curated by Amy Cheng include: Liquid Love (2020, Taipei), Towards Mysterious Realities (2016–2018, Taipei and Seoul), Shamans and Dissent: Artist Dispatch Project Exhibition (2013, Hong Kong), Re-envisioning Society (2011–2013, Taipei) and The Heard and the Unheard ─ Soundscape Taiwan (Taiwan Pavilion, 2011, the Venice Biennale). She also co-curated these exhibitions such as Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative (2016, 2018, Shanghai and Turin), Phantom of Civilization (2015, Luxembourg), ALTERing NATIVism — Sound Cultures in Post-War Taiwan (2014, Taipei and Kaohsiung), the Third Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition — Melancholy in Progress (2012, Taipei) and Do You Believe in Reality? (2004 Taipei Biennial).
Cheng had been appointed the jury member of the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award (2015) and the 57th Venice Biennale (2017).
Gallery and Development Manager / Curator
As a researcher in the field of sound culture and the co-founder of TheCube Project Space (Taipei-based, non-profit), Jeph Lo has devoted long-term attention to the development of indie music, experimental music, as well as sound art and culture in Taiwan. He used to write special reports on the thriving indie music in Taipei for weekly and periodicals in the 1990s. He edited Walk the Music: Taipei Music Map since ‘90 (2000) and translated Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House (2002). Besides, he co-curated the exhibition Altering Nativism: Sound Cultures in Post-war Taiwan (2014) and worked as the chief editor of the exhibition’s catalogue/reader. Moreover, he is the chief organizer of the website Soundtrack: The Database of Taiwan’s Sound Culture (soundtraces.tw) and the Talking Drums Radio streamed online.
Project Coordinator / Curator
Holds an MFA from Pratt Institute, New York. Currently works as project assistant at TheCube Project Space. Focus on social value, self-consciousness, and identification. Used to be executive assistant at Petah Coyne Artwork LLC; project assistant at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, and a cog in numerous art fairs, festivals, workshops, and galleries. Residency experiences include Vermont Studio Center (2014), and Cope NYC Project (2016).
Holds a MA in Curating and Collections from the Chelsea College of Arts, UAL. Ileana’s research interests focus on the art institutions that are in the “State of Exception” between the museum education value and the gallery commercial value. She previously worked as a coordinator at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, provided assistance for 2019 Asian Art Biennial: The Strangers from beyond the Mountain and the Sea, 2021 Asian Art Biennial: Phantasmapolis and Uncoverings: The Search for Identity in Lithuanian Photography, and also worked as archive researcher and event planner for several Taiwanese art history exhibitions. Ileana started her writing and curating experiment under the pen name “Miss Bench” which the idea came from her observation that contemporary art in Taiwan is becoming overly academic for the general public. Miss Bench’s curatorial practices include Abnormal (2018, London), // (2018, London), O//O (2019, Taichung), Home Land Is Land—— Retrospective Tour of the Failure Artist (2021-2022, Online, Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung), etc.
Jason J S LEE
Gallery and Exhibition Coordinator
An artist from Singapore who works with several media which includes photography, installation, and performance. Jason is concerned with issues that revolve around the urban environment and contemporary society. He has participated in group exhibitions, curatorial projects and collaborations with varying roles as artist, organizer, photographer, web publisher and designer. He has presented works extensively in Singapore and various countries including Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Macao, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Taipei National University of the Arts.
Fang-Chi Chang works as a project coordinator of the Praxis school of TheCube Project Space. Her research interests focus on the kind of death that is unspeakable and intangible. As a pre-researcher, she cultivates her sensation/perception/cognition/ awareness as ways to get close to it. From 2007 to 2017, she grounded her research on the Losheng Sanatorium (Taiwan) by re-aligning its Death Roster and the Location of Columbaria. Furthermore, she joined groups that see creation as action, and worked as coordinator when it relates to Losheng, including: Group of Losheng Story House: Project of Lo-Chi (2008); Masao Okabe Frottage Collaboration on Losheng (2009); Huang-Die-Nan-Tian-Wu-Ta-Tuan: The Flower of Akusho (2010),and Zhu-Gao-Zhi-Qi (2011); Ghost Festival of Losheng (2013); Chen Chieh-Jeh Studio: Happiness Building (2012), Realm of Reverberations (2014), and Wind Songs (2015). After 2017, She started to examine whether it is possible and appropriate to study death in a decontextualized way.
Working as Gallery Assistant at TheCube Project Space since 2010. Besides, Dale is also a project executive for Wu-Yue Taiwanese Opera Troupe. She has performed in numerous Taiwanese operas since 2017.
Exhibition Technical Support
Holds Master of Fine Art in New Media Arts from the Taipei National University of the Arts. Works as an arts researcher, curator, exhibition technical support. He researches about art aesthetic focusing on image theories, media and popular cultures. He views all the things that make up art as an important part of artistic practice, turning research into a motivating force for action while at the same time advancing his research through practice. Recent curated exhibitions: “Notes for Tomorrow ─ Southern Taipei Version” (Guest curator, 2022, TheCube Project Space); “Just what is it that makes today’s image so different, so appealing?” (Curator, 2021, Hong-gah Museum).
Web Tech Support
Independent researcher, website design engineer.
Chen holds a Master of Science in Life Science from the National Chung Hsin University as well as Master of Fine Arts in Trans-disciplinary Arts from the Taipei National University of the Arts. He began working in the field of website design and network management during his university days. At the age of 28, he joined the NTU modern dance society classes under recommendation by a friend, and started to know about art. Later he enrolled into the Graduate Institute of Trans-disciplinary Arts at the TNUA. His graduation thesis titled Living with the Forest : the Case of Two Art Projects “The Project for Making a Forest” and “Stone and Tree” to reflect on the relationship between art and nature. He has initiated a series of “Tree Tree Tree Person — Taroko Arts Residency Project”, and is still on-going. Besides curation, he works in the field of Information technology serving the art industry in Taiwan and has been in charge of the development of websites for a number of art-related organizations, including TheCube Project Space, ARTouch and Digital Art Center Taipei.