I’m traveling to Taipei, Taiwan, this week to speak at a symposium for performing arts designers, architects, technicians, and managers on the subject of large-scale performing arts venues. Taiwan and much of Asia is in the midst of a massive cultural construction binge (as part of a more general massive construction binge). It will be interesting to explore with them what it all means for their art, their audiences, their cities, and their work.
The convening association, OISTAT (International Organization of Scenographers Theatre Architects and Technicians), is focusing on the topic of “advocacy” — or, more broadly, the meaningful connection of people and art. Other speakers come from Australia, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic, including those from Taiwan.
I will share what I learn upon return. The fairly long return flight should offer some moments to ponder it through.