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Practicing Live

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An art world reality soap opera. A family celebrates the father’s birthday. Each family member is employed within the art scene, and played by a real-life art professional. Long-hidden realities of the art world are revealed.


Yu Cheng-Ta (b. 1983) from Taiwan often involves verbal communication with the subjects and viewers in a playful manner to create the concept of "life theatre", that is, deliberately setting up real life situations as the shooting scenes. Yu Cheng-Ta earned both an undergraduate and a master's degree in fine arts from the Taipei National University of the Arts. He was a recipient of the Taipei Arts Award in 2008 and the Beacon Prize at Art Fair Tokyo in 2012. Yu participated in the 6th Taipei Biennial and was featured in the Taiwan Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale. In 2009, he participated in the Biennial Cuvée 08 at OK Center for Contemporary Art in Linz, Austria. In 2012, he took part in the 5th International Biennial of Media Art at Experimenta in Melbourne, Australia, and Le Festival Made in Asia in Toulouse, France. In 2013, Yu held a solo exhibition at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, and took part in the Asian Art Biennial at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, as well as Queens International at Queens Museum in New York. In 2014, he held the solo exhibition "Practicing LIVE" at Taipei Fine Arts Museum and participated in the 10th Shanghai Biennial, the 2nd CAFA Biennial in Beijing, and Asian Art Week at the Asia Society Museum in New York. In 2015, he took part in the 56th Berlin International Film Festival Forum Expanded. In 2016, he exhibited in Gwangju City Museum of Art, and in Centre Pompidou. His new film project "Tell Me What You Want (2015-2017)" presented in Centre Pompidou in Paris and Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen in 2018. Yu Cheng-Ta currently works and lives in Taipei, Taiwan.

FILMOGRAFIE Yu Cheng-Ta (selection)

2017 Tell Me What You Want  2016 It's No Big Deal, It's My Job  2016 Booth Untitled  2015 Gray Shoes Company  2015 It's So Reality  2014 Public Service  2014 Practicing Live  2013 Fisherman's Wonderland  2013 The Letters  2012 Keywords about Living Room  2011 Exploding Taiwan  2010 Ode to the Republic of China  2008 She is My Aunt 

Website of Yu Cheng-Ta
Interview with Yu Cheng-Ta

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