“Why do I stand on the stage like this? Because I am a mental disorder of the 20th century,” declares eccentric musician Huang Dawang, also a noise performer, a music aficionado and a member of the music label, Kandala Records; a pillar of Taiwan’s underground music scene who denies himself as an artist, and who refuses to define what art is.
TPE Tics is an intimate look into Huang’s way of life – incredibly different from the norm, largely incompatible with society. As links between Huang’s past trauma and present creations are revealed, his psychological anxiety is at once enlightening and heartbreaking. Despite his bouts of depression, Huang’s humour and witty introspection relieves the melancholy. More than merely music, the film examines human experiences and nuanced values that are precious yet rarely accessible.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Jessica Wan-yu LIN and the artist Huang Dawang, and hosted by Chris Berry, the Professor of Film Studies at King's College London. Prior to the screening, a drinks reception will be held between 19.30 - 20.30 at Ground Floor Bar in Curzon Bloomsbury for the launch of FORMLESS, a project exploring Taiwan’s experimental music and sound culture.
As a related event, the Taipei-based Kandala Records will present a two-day residency at Cafe OTO on 27-28 May, presenting live performances from six Taiwanese sound artists, including HUANG Dawang and others. For more details: https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/kandala-records-two-day-residency/
FORMLESS is organised by Taipei Representative Office in the UK with sponsorship from the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan (R.O.C.), in collaboration with Café OTO, Bertha DocHouse and Kandala Records.