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Conversations with Spaces
4Hands Collaborations

Christian Nicolay & Ya-chu Kang started collaborating in 2010 at the Playwrights Theatre Centre (Candahar Bar Project, Clamour and Toll) in Vancouver BC Canada with a sound performance based on morning rituals and habits from Western and Eastern cultures. Nicolay and Kang’s art field have included sculpture, installation, video, sound recording, performance and site-specific projects. Their research deals with the shifting polarities between Western and Eastern cultural landscapes which they define as “portable walls”, a temporary or nomadic shift serving to enclose, divide, protect or change ones identity. Issues of memory, process, space and time revolve around their portable walls explorations and how these constructions become part of their own experiences and spatial relationships.

Convergence, National Art Gallery Bangkok, Thailand
Yuejin Lantern Festival, Yuejingang Riverside, Yanshui District, Tainan, Taiwan

Upside Down Fire, Initial Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
VAEFF, Video Art & Experimental Film Festival, Juried, Tribeca Cinemas, New York, NYC USA
Wayfinding Film Festival, Juried, Traveling festival screening at Force Field Festival, Philadelphia PA & Wassaic Project, Wassaic NY USA

Boom and Bust, Art Experience Gallery, Hong Kong
Carry an Object with you, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada
Portable Walls, Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Maple Ridge BC Canada
The Dying Eye, Community Art Space, Hangzhou China

Portable Walls, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada
The Dying Eye, Museum of Medical Humanities, Taipei Taiwan
Taipei Original Festival, Songshan Culture and Creative Park, Taipei Taiwan, with S.H.E.
Schmiede Art Festival, Hallein, Austria
Valcellina Award International Contemporary Textile/Fiber, Manlago, Italy

Wind Heaped Up, CAMP Talganie Museum, Okinawa, Japan
House Games, Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä Finland

A.I.R. Group Show, Taipei Artists Village,TAV, Taipei Taiwan
Clamour and Toll - Candahar Bar Project, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Vancouver BC Canada (Performance)

Video Screenings
SESIFF: The 5th Seoul International Extreme-Short Image and Film Festival, Juried, Seoul Korea

Portland International Film Festival, Portland OR, USA
Make it Short, Juried, NW Film Center, Portland OR, USA, Judges Award Winner

Awards and Residencies
Judges Award Winner for Recoil, Make it Short, NW Film Center, Portland OR, USA

Artist Residency, Taipei Artist Village (TAV), Taipei Taiwan

Artist Talks / Presentations
Museum of Medical Humanities, Taipei Taiwan
Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC Canada

Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei Taiwan