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《文化關懷: 10月訊》專訪卓越藝術傳播基金會

已更新:2021年11月9日


以下內容轉載自 IAM (International Arts Movement, 國際藝術行動組織) 藤村研究訓練員 Ally Lima 採訪卓越藝術傳播基金會專文。

 

藝術的影響力無法一眼望穿,往往潛藏在表面之下。我常常在自己所創造的或喜愛的藝術中掙扎,尋找一種意義,期盼能從過去的美學思想中,獲得更深層的訊息。跟台灣 Zoe Art Foundation 卓越藝術傳播基金會(以下簡稱卓藝會)Claire的一次對話後,我開始以一種有別以往的眼光,去看待藝術的影響力。

卓藝會Claire向我娓娓道來他們的旅程。卓藝會推動各種公共教育計劃,透過工作坊、音樂會與其他活動等,在不同文化身份間建立溝通的橋樑、跨越文化間的隔閡。在現任董事長Ginny接手前,卓藝會其實已有20年歷史。能有機會接手經營、重新整頓一個藝術傳播基金會,實在難能可貴。轉移過程中,他們也發現原來基金會的英文名字「Zoe」(音譯:卓越) 源自希臘語,意旨「生命」。這為他們帶來許多靈感,也更明確指出基金會的使命:生命、藝術、傳播,透過不同藝術形式來觸碰各式各樣、不同背景的人們。實際上了解卓藝會辦理的各項計劃與活動後,他們確實做到了!

卓藝會專案中,透過藝術幫助人了解不同文化,特別吸引我的注意。卓藝會在台灣與以色列文化間,的確扮演著關鍵角色。台灣人與以色列人間,看起來似乎不太有關聯。卓藝會在台灣辦理的各種以色列文化活動、藝術展等,讓原本來自各種文化背景、覺得不大可能彼此有關聯的人,有機會接觸彼此、學習彼此的文化。雖然不是立即引發效應,卓藝會藉由藝術這樣的媒介,將兩個頗為不同的文化放在一起,展現出藝術的力量。

卓藝會體現文化關懷的精神,影響力擴及全球,證明了即使像台灣到中東這樣遙遠的距離,依舊能產生某種連結。在我跟Claire對話中,她深入闡述文化關懷的內涵,是如何打開人們的既定想法,首先願意去聆聽、然後回應,僅是如此就提供了探索各種可能性的機會。卓藝會也確實做到了,藉由不同形式的藝術表達,讓參與計畫或活動的每個人能停下腳步,願意花時間參與在藝術當中,將文化關懷的精神內化,成為對個人最有影響力的方式。另一方面,卓議會讓藝術保持其詮釋「自身表達」的特性,賦予參與者一種自由,用他們的方式去欣賞、感受藝術的力量。

與卓藝會Claire的對話,無疑為我打開了眼界,幫助我了解到各種形式的藝術,能為文化帶來多少影響。隱含在美麗畫面後更深的意義,我或許還無法一目了然。無論我們能否理解,藝術確實以其獨到的方式,將人們聚在一起,其中帶來的影響力,遠遠比我們想的還要更深更遠。

 

採訪記者/

Ally Lima 現於巴克內爾大學就讀、主修英文,被遴選為受訓的藤村研究員。她將定期在文化關懷電子報上發表關於正義、藝術與文化的反思文。


採訪原文/ Original Article from "October 2021 Culture Care Newsletter" by Ally Lima.

>>> https://iamculturecare.com/news/october-2021-culture-care-newsletter


GUEST CONTRIBUTOR: ALLY LIMA

Ally Lima is a student at Bucknell University, where she is studying English. She is also a Fujimura Fellow (in training!). Her reflections on justice, art, and culture will appear in the newsletter on a regular basis.

The power of art often lies beneath the surface, creating an impact that perhaps we cannot notice at a glance. I have often faced this struggle of finding meaning in the art that I have consumed or created, desiring to look past aesthetics to see the deeper message. After speaking with Claire Ho of the Zoe Arts Foundation based in Taiwan, I found myself looking at the influence of art in a much more nuanced way.

Zoe Arts utilizes educational programs, workshops, concerts, and other events to break down walls between cultures and form meaningful connections between those with different identities. Claire discussed with me the journey of forming the foundation and finding a new meaning for Zoe Arts, which had existed as a non-profit for 20 years before she and Zoe Arts Chairman Ginny Hu Chien took it over. As the two were given the opportunity to reinvent this non-profit, they made the discovery of ​“Zoe” meaning ​“life” in Greek, sparking inspiration for their meaningful journey. From this connection, the calling for Zoe Arts was made clear: life, art, and communication, or reaching out to people through different forms of art. After learning more about the foundation, it is clear that they have done just that.

As I was told more about the events and projects put on by Zoe Arts, my attention was especially drawn to the pivotal role of art in providing a window into different cultures, particularly Israeli culture. While the connection between Taiwanese and Israeli people may seem obscure, the way that Zoe Arts has brought together these seemingly disparate cultures displays the power of art in forming unlikely relationships, even if the impact is not immediately recognizable. By hosting Israeli cultural events and exhibitions in Taiwan, the foundation has provided the opportunity for people of all backgrounds to connect with and learn about another culture that they may otherwise find themselves entirely disconnected from.

Given the distance between Taiwan and the Middle East, Zoe Arts has proven to embody culture care on a global scale as these connections have been formed. In our conversation, Claire delved into the ethos of culture care and the way that it creates the opportunity for people to open their minds to listen first and then respond, allowing for the exploration of all possibilities. Zoe Arts has done just this by allowing individuals to pause and consume different forms of art and internalize it in the ways that they individually feel to be most impactful. As art is an expression, Zoe Arts has given the freedom to its consumers to appreciate the influence of the work in their own ways.

My conversation with Claire undoubtedly opened my eyes to the cultural impact of art in all of its forms. While perhaps I am not always quick to notice the deeper meaning behind a pretty picture at the first glance, the influence of art goes far beyond this in the way that it is able to bring people together, whether we realize it or not.

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