Hsu Che-Yu has won the Taishin Arts Award and TWD1.5m (€42,000) for his piece Microphone Test, which premiered at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in autumn 2015. The Taishin Arts Award is dedicated to recognising outstanding works of dance, theatre, music and visual arts that have premiered in Taiwan in the previous calendar year.
Microphone Test is a mixed-media piece that combines video work with animation. According to Taishin Arts Award, the piece deals with the connections ‘between reality, representation and construction of media, memory, history and death.’ The 31-year old Che-Yu has previously been honoured with first prize at the Kaohsiung Awards, and also with the Gold Medal in New Media Art from the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
In addition to the first-place prize, four other artists were awarded NTD500,000: Lee Mingwei for his work Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation; Chu-Yin Culture and Arts Troupe for its piece Mailulay: Traces on the Wall; Body Phase Studio for Wall of Fog, 2015 TIFA; and National Center for Traditional Arts Guoguang Opera Company were recognised for The Painting of 18 Lohans.
The five winning artworks as well as the other selected pieces are now on display at the Museum of National Taipei University of Education until 17 July.