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LAST UPDATE : 2022.07.22 / EDITOR : avatintern
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Tzu-An Wu makes experimental films. Most of his works are collages with heterogeneous images, audio, and texts in an attempt to inquire about the constructs of narratives and self. In recent years, Wu produced pieces of handcrafted techniques and experimentations with super 8mm and 16mm films, in which the artist explores the junctions and new possibilities of the production technologies for analog and digital images.

He holds an MA in Media Studies from The New School, New York, and a BA in Gender and Cultural Studies from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. His works have been shown internationally, including BFI Flare (London), International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherland), CROSSROADS (San Francisco), Xposed International Queer Film Festival(Berlin), Golden Harvest Film Festival (Taiwan), MixNYC (New York), He was awarded the jury prize at Festival of Different and Experimental Cinema (Paris). Exhibitions include Taiwan Biennial, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, and Taipei Artist Village, etc. Also, he is a member of The Other Cinema collective and artists collective ReaRflex, working on programming, promoting, and discussing experimental cinema and artist's moving image.

birth year
1985
Place of Birth
Taipei
Taiwan
Place of Residence
New York
USA
education
2012
MFA Department of Media Studies
The New School, New York
2007
BFA Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
personal website
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CURRICULUM VITAE
2020
Ribbons of A Stray Child: A Tzu-An WU Self-Select Program
Theater Image Forum , Tokyo , Japan
2020
Experimental Film Projection #4 with Tzu-An Wu
Hosek Contemporary , Berlin , Germany
2018
Celestial Observation
Taipei Artist Village , Taipei , Taiwan
2017
Projects/Process/Progress
Snow White Gallery , Unitec, Auckland , New Zealand
2017
Solo screening concert "Proxy of Heaven - films by Tzuan Wu", Presented by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand
Wellington , New Zealand
2016
Solo Screeing Tour: Screen/ Selves/ Séance: Experimental Films of Tzuan Wu
Taipei/Taichung/Tainan/Kaohsiung , Taiwan
2015
Solo Screeing Tour: Screen/ Selves/ Séance: Experimental Films of Tzuan Wu
New York , USA
2014
Solo Screening of Tzu-an Wu
Ukradena Galerie , Cesky Krumlov , Czech Republic
2021
Taipei Art Awards
Taipei Fine Art Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2021
EX!T 11
Taipei , Taiwan
2021
THE PINEAL EYE
Goethe-Institut , Beijing , China
2021
Asiatica Film Festival
Rome , Italy
2021
EBS International Documentary Festival
Korea
2021
Cinémathèque Temporaire du CJC
CJC , Paris , France
2021
Sheffield DocFest 2021
Sheffield , UK
2021
TIDF:Taiwan International Documentary Festival
Taiwan
2021
Either too Quiet or too Loud
Hong-Gah Museum , Taipei , Taiwan
2021
Taiwan Scenery and Its Tail
The Hall , Taipei , Taiwan
2021
Strangloscope – Experimental Video/Film, Audio, Performance International Festival
Florianópolis , Brasil
2020
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2020
Taiwan
2020
The 7th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition – ANIMA
C-Lab , Taipei , Taiwan
2020
Mediations Biennale Polska
Cukry Praga, Otwarta Papiernia , Warsaw, Jelenia Góra , Poland
2020
Journal of Visited Light
Absolute Art Space , Tainan , Taiwan
2020
Assembly of Communities: MIX
Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei , Taipei , Taiwan
2020
Other Ways of Watching Together
NeverLand Cinema , Rotterdam , The Netherlands
2019
Gendered Bodies in Southeast Asia
Metropolitan Museum of Manila , Manila , The Philippines
2019
Filmosa Festival - Festival du Cinéma Taïwanais à Paris
Paris , France
2019
Mulan, Make Up!
Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles , Los Angeles , USA
2019
Dark Geographies
Underdonk, Brooklyn , New York , USA
2019
Liqueered
BOOCHOA , Taipei , Taiwan
2018
Avant-Garde from Taiwan
Loop Festival Barcelona , Barcelona , Spain
2018
Shifting Undergrounds
National Gallery Singapore Singapore
2018
Wild Rhizome: 2018 Taiwan Biennial
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts , Taichung , Taiwan
2018
Taiwan Annual
Taipei Expo Park Expo Dome , Taipei , Taiwan
2018
International Video Art Festival "Now&After"
Moscow, Russia
2018
40th Golden Harvest Award,
Taiwan
2018
Blue Magpie Experimental Film Series
Film Center at National Chiao Tung University , Hsin Chu, Taiwan
2017
InVideo 2017: "Origini", presented by KLEX
Milan, Italy
2017
Video on the Road
Polymer , Taipei, Taiwan
2017
Screening: Mono No Aware X Film-Makers' Coop
Film-Makers' Coop, New York , New York , USA
2017
“Digital Break: New Perspectives on Taiwanese Moving Image” 2017 Osmosis UK Screening & Exhibition, UK: Curated by WANG Wen-Chi
Leicester/Exeter/Brighton/Nottingham/Glasgow , UK
2017
Proyecciones de Verano!
Cuba
2017
TAIWAN VIDEA 2017 Selection: The Taiwanese Avant-garde Video Screening Project. Curated by Yunnia Yang
Republic of Macedonia/Croatia/Slovenia/Germany
2017
EXiS 2017 "Digital Break: New Perspectives on Taiwanese Moving Image."
Art Sonje Center , Seoul/Busan , South Korea
2017
EXiS 2017 "Digital Break: New Perspectives on Taiwanese Moving Image."
Cornertheater , Busan , South Korea
2017
MUTA, Muestra Internacional de Apropiación Audiovisual
Cineclub Dulces Trópico , Lima , Peru
2017
Every Film is an Enigma: Moving Images in the Black Box and the White Cube
Soulangh Cultural Park , Tainan , Taiwan
2016
BYOB Taipei with The Other Cinema
Taipei , Taiwan
2016
KLEX 2016
Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia
2016
Diaspora & Visual Arts - Screening and Panel Discussion
NYU Shanghai , Shanghai , China
2016
MONO X: Children on the edge of itchy-tectonics – Taiwanese New Experimental Films
NYC , USA
2016
SCOTTISH QUEER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Glasgow , UK
2016
Cinema Outsider
OH , USA
2016
OSMOSIS-Media-Festival
Taipei , Taiwan
2016
Festival de Cine Lima Independiente
Lima , Peru
2016
Rio Festival de Gênero & Sexualidade no Cinema
Rio , Brazil
2016
The 11th Xposed International Queer Film Festival
Berlin , Germany
2016
CROSSROADS 2016 by San Francisco Cinematheque
San Francisco , USA
2016
The 38th Golden Harvest Awards Best Experimental Film Competition
Taiwan
2016
BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival
London , UK
2016
International Film Festival Rotterdam: IFFR. DINAMO P&I SCREENINGS, Presented by Collectif Jeune Cinéma
Rotterdam , Netherlands
2016
Traverse Vidéo 2016 - L'Atypique Trouble
Toulouse , France
2015
CinemaLibre November 2015
University of the Philippines Film Center-Videotheque , Manila , Philippine
2015
South Taiwan Film Festival
Tainan , Taiwan
2015
34th ASOLO ART FILM FESTIVAL: "TAIWAN VIDEA":The Taiwanese Avant-garde Video Exhibition
Eleonora Duse Theatre , Asolo , Italy
2015
28th MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival
New York , USA
2015
17ème Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris
Paris , France
2015
FILMS FILMS FILMS hosted by CRITICAL PROJECTIONS
Le Petit Versailles , New York , USA
2015
Recycled: Reconstructions of Place and Memory
Brattle Theatre , Boston , USA
2015
One Piece Art Forum
Taichung , Taiwan
2014
Persistence of Vision: Young Analog Filmmakers
Jefferson Market Library , New York , USA
2014
Back-up Festival
Weimar , Germany
2014
RE/MIXED MEDIA FESTIVAL
New York , USA
2013
15e FESTIVAL DES CINÉMAS DIFFÉRENTS ET EXPÉRIMENTAUX DE PARIS
Paris , France
2013
26th MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival
New York , USA
2013
Gnostic Trance
Envoy Enterprise , New York , USA
2013
35th Golden Harvest Awards: Best Experimental Film Competition
Taipei , Taiwan
2012
11th Urban Nomad Film Festival
Taipei , Taiwan
2011
Mixed Messages
SOHO Gallery for Digital Art , New York , USA
2011
RE/MIXED MEDIA FESTIVAL
New York , USA
2011
10th Urban Nomad Film Festival
Taipei , Taiwan
2010
Dorothy H. Hirshon Film Festival
New York , USA
2020
Cité internationale des arts (Postponed due to COVID-19)
Paris , France
2018
Atelier 105 - Light Cone
Paris , France
2017
Asia New Zealand Foundation
Auckland , New Zealand
2014
Egon Schiele Art Centrum
Cesky Krumlov , Czech Republic
2021
Exhibition
Making Kin(o)! 自主放映祭 vol.1
THE HALL+ ReaRflex
Taipei , Taiwan
2020
Other Events
MOON SALT, A SCI-FI WRITING WORKSHOP
Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Taipei , Taiwan
2020
Other Events
Found Footage: Relational, Archival, and Found
Huashan 1914 Creative Park
Taipei , Taiwan
2020
Exhibition
"Children on the edge of itchy-tectonics" Film Progamming
Image Forum Festival
Tokyo , Japan
2019
Other Events
Analogue Film Workshop
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts
Taipei , Taiwan
2019
Forum
Audiovisual Return - Moving Image Forum and Creative Audiovisual Experimentation Project: LIVE CINEMA
C-Lab
Taipei , Taiwan
2019
Exhibition
"Flux De Mères, Reflux De Filles" Film Programming
21e Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris
Paris , France
2019
Exhibition
Women Make Waves Film Festival Taiwan
 
Taiwan
2018
Forum
Shifting Undergrounds
National Gallery Singapore
Singapore
2018
Forum
Publicness of Artist in Residency
National Taiwan University of Art
Taipei , Taiwan
2018
Lecture
Artist Talk: Questioning the Apparatus: Experimental Cinema and My Experiments
Tainan National University of the Arts
Tainan , Taiwan
2018
Exhibition
"Children on the edge of itchy-tectonics" Film Programming
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
Taichung , Taiwan
2016
Other Events
Hand-made Film workshop
KLEX
Kuala Lumper , Malaysia
2016
Exhibition
MONO X: Childen on the edge of itchy-tectonics – Taiwanese New Experimental Films (In collaboration with Mono No Aware and The Other Cinema Collective)
Ace Hotel
New York , USA
2019
 
Experimental Film Production Fund
National Culture and Arts Foundation
Taipei , Taiwan
2016
 
Experimental Film Production Fund
National Culture and Arts Foundation
Taipei , Taiwan
2013
 
Award of the International Competition
THE 15th EDITION OF THE PARIS FESTIVAL FOR DIFFERENT AND EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA
Paris , France
2011
 
Award of Artistic Montage
SOHO Gallery for Digital Art
New York , USA
2010
 
Emerging Filmmaker Prize
Dorothy H. Hirshon Film Festival
New York , USA
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QUOUSQUE EADEM? (OR A SELF-PORTRAIT)
When one is holding a camera, it means changes of the way of seeing, distortion of the perception. It’s an opaque state of intermediacy. The image made in this way is also non-transparent as is, changeable but repeating, just as the perception to everyday-lives and to the selves, is hard to determine and trap in the stalemate. This work started as a personal project, a one-man home video, which represents to the certain stage of my life and it was produced only for my own. While starte ...
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The work starts with the act of the actor translates a recording of a reading of an intimate letter, instantly and repeatedly, while the super 8mm film projected on his face. I try to mixed the actual process of (mis)translation with nostalgic images into a heterogenic impurity, through focus on the materiality and performativity of the images, and the alchemic manner of manipulation of the images. The work use language as the medium, and images as the language, to present the in-between-ness ...
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DISEASE OF MANIFESTATION
This work is an argument initiated with Wendy Brown’s article Resisting Left Melancholy. She applied Walter Benjamin’s notion of “Left Melancholia” to see the political thoughts and the norms in the left-wing movement/ theory traditions as the notion of melancholia. There is the thingness of the thoughts that can see as the lost object. Extends this idea, the thingness of thoughts, come from one’s personal or collective memories could become the pathological fixation. The passionate po ...
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WE CAN'T GROW UP TOGETHER
Freaks also grow up from little as well. But the things we had lost in time differ. That’s the reason why we can’t grow up together. The film was shot in 16mm, based on a childhood (false) memory, transformed with fantasies and symbolic objects, and performed in a public environment. The elements in the film are both the markers of emotion and time, with montage, the outside world and inner scenery came across to each other. Some events seem to be not important at the moment might beca ...
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WU Tzu-An, 2010, Video Art
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