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2006 Taipei Biennial: Dirty Yoga

2006 Taipei Biennial: Dirty Yoga
TAIPEI  •  Taipei Fine Arts Museum  •  Ongoing

Dirty Yoga attempts to use a currently popular pursuit as a symbol to explore, within the context of globalization, the conflicts that exist among different extreme values, and the various possibilities that may arise from them.

Since the 1960s, people have gradually turned from radical politics and ideologies to a preoccupation with approaches to living, as manifested in the satisfaction of “desire” in our daily lives. Desire has replaced science and ethics as the primary social motivation for progress, while its essence and symbols have undergone constant change. This highlights the role played by consumerism and marketing mechanisms in shaping our perception of what it is we think we want. This expression of desire is also a manifestation of energy. Increased desire leads to greater fear of loss. People today are afraid of losing their health, their beauty, their youth and their wealth. To counter their fear of facing this reality, they invent different spectacular spaces and collective activities centered on the perfection and reinforcement of their lifestyle choices. Gradually, these spaces and activities are replacing abstract religion and turning into a universal belief.

Both the English adjective “dirty” and the Chinese adjective in the title meaning “restricted” suggest a mysterious atmosphere of confrontation and extremes. They are used to describe anything that social propriety cannot endorse. Whether it means being literally unclean or merely too demonstrably prone to lascivious impulses, something that is dirty seems to exist in a state of suspension, while awaiting its ultimate destiny: getting cleaned up.

By underscoring the latent discord between the body’s living perfection and its ultimate state of demise, Dirty Yoga proposes tossing all of our preconceptions about the subject of mind-body relations overboard. With its echo of the various modernized branches of yoga practice, Dirty Yoga proposes a hypothetical state of heightened spiritual engagement with one’s lower order of impulses and actions.

The Exhibition encompasses a diverse range of contemporary artists, both Taiwanese and international.

2006 Taipei Biennial: Dirty Yoga Web Site

Contact: Taipei Fine Arts Museum
181, Chung Shan North Rd, Sec. 3
Taipei 104
Tel: (886) 2 25 95 76 56

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