2020年台灣藝術村聯盟年會及駁二浪宕計畫以「微笑的遇見」為題，將邀請台灣與國際藝術進駐及平台的營運者以Diversity『多元』& Inclusion『包容』（D&I），試以透過策略、方針來打造出多元共融的文化。當我們在說到 Diversity & Inclusion 時，談的並不是如何去「包容」其他人，而是在創作的過程、藝術進駐機構及藝術空間的環境中，創造出讓每個人都能自在融入的環境，也就是「共融」。在許多現實的層面下，D&I 策略的過程常常淪為例行公事，只是逐條確認是否完成項目而非其具體效益。然而想要透過 D&I 促成改變，勢必建立以結果為導向的實際行動，將藝術的多樣性概念帶進創作的思考及產出。
An Encounter with Love – Diversity and Inclusion
2020 Pier-2 Waving Waves Community International Art Forum and TASA Annual Meeting
The main topic of the Conference for the Artist Village Alliance of Taiwan in 2020 is “An Encounter with Love”. Operators of art residency programs and platforms in Taiwan and abroad will gather to explore ways to set up a Diverse & Inclusive (D&I) art environment. The planning of a barrier-free space is not a new concept or terminology.
In reality, however, many D&I strategies end up as routine tasks instead of an implementation methodology to achieve beneficial results. In order to facilitate transformation through D&I, it is necessary to create result-oriented activities that imbue the multi-faceted characteristics of art into the contemplation and production of creative works. For this annual conference, we are honored to collaborate with Pier-2 Art Center in Kaohsiung on the Waving Waves Community International Art Forum. Through the works of resident artists, the Pier-2 Artist In Residence Program located within the Kaohsiung Port has discovered that Taiwan’s multicultural development is a result of the fluidity and movement of people, and these “development” bring about amazing achievements over time.
During the process of observation, numerous differences, preconceptions, prejudices and inequality abound in such fluidity and movements. Globalization has allowed the appearance of multi-faceted sparks due to exchanges among people with different ways of thinking, but has also led to the emergence of prejudice and inequality as the result of aggression, classism, and cultural differences.
“An Encounter with Love – Diversity and Inclusion, 2020 Pier-2 Waving Waves Community International Art Forum and TASA Annual Meeting” relies on the spirit of looking forward to the unknown, to look into those issues of diversity and equality that seems a natural conclusion yet difficult to understand.
This event looks forward to dialogues on “migrant workers”, “mobile ocean”, “cultural equality” and “senior friendly” topics from the perspective of crosssector experts and scholars instead of a pure artistic viewpoint. In addition to lectures and the sharing of past experience from local and international professionals, the annual conference has organized workshops to facilitate exchanges among participants and art space operators.
Hopefully, intensive and in-depth dialogues will lead to expansive brainstorming sessions, leading to greater opportunities for collaborations by fostering a sense of comradery and understanding between different individuals or organizations. When the world seems to have descended into chaos and darkness in 2020 due to COVID-19, we look forward to working with professionals, experts, organizations and artists to observe the situation from different perspectives, and reflect on aspects that may be unfamiliar or unknown to us. Exploring with a proactive attitude, we wish to reach an understanding or a state of empathy for the seemingly inscrutable future.
協辦單位Co-Organizer｜ PANDA表演藝術網絡發展協會、表演藝術聯盟PAA、Mekong Cultural Hub