Virge Loo, Taiwan — Okt 20, 2016

Akademie Schloss Solitude - Kipatauw

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Kipatauw expedition takes place in the surroundings of steaming and misty volcanic mountains covered with lush vegetation on a tropical island. The mountainous area with its mysterious atmosphere was once a home to the Ketagalan tribe, who named it ‘kipatauw’ – meaning ‘witch’. The site of the ominously appearing volcanic valley with its steaming jade-hued natural sulfur hot water, suggests from where the tribe drew their inspiration when naming the area.
As a modern nomad, who is looking for prints and traces of the old Kipatauw, I am investigating and recording the area’s time and space as it appears. This four-week long environment exploration experiment is open-ended and spontaneous in spirit. The focus of this work is set on the whole perceivable environment and capturing the impression of it through direct experience. The nomad’s diary of drawings, photographs, writings and whatever else might emerge in process, presents the viewer with a digital expedition experience of the lost Kipatauw and present Beitou in the northern Taipei area.

Virge Loo (b. 1984, Estonia) is a nomadic artist whose works focus on the ever-changing nature of things. Her environmental explorations and experiences are visually translated into still works on paper and moving images on screen. The ambiguous visual language of her works leaves room for individual interpretation and a possibility to express the ineffable. Virge holds a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Taipei National University of Arts and in Religious Anthropology from University of Tartu. She recently has been wandering in Taiwan.

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