Hsu Che-Yu[Taiwan]
"One Another"

  • Lecture
  • Presentation of video works
  • Online participation
A next-generation Taiwanese multimedia artist sets in motion a research project on animal/human contact.

Hsu Che-Yu is a next-generation artist from Taiwan who uses multimedia technology to explore new forms of visual expression. He was a finalist for the Hugo Boss Asia Art Prize in 2019. He is currently in residence at Le Fresnoy, a media art research institute in France, where he is developing animations using technology and video incorporating 3D models.
In addition to a screening program of Hsu’s latest and most well-known films, this year’s Theater Commons Tokyo will also focus on a motif that he has been exploring creatively: the relationship between animals and humans. Hsu has researched phenomena that derive from points of contact between the two, and presents the results as an online lecture incorporating his video works. As we trace the history of modernity and colonialism, which has tamed animals and people alike, a journey toward a form of creation shifting away from anthropocentrism begins.


Hsu Che-Yu
Born in 1985 in Taipei, Hsu is artist who creates animation and film works which focus on the relationship between media and memories. Through these works, he has tried to visualize and structuralize the memories inside individual and communities.
He is now studying in Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing, France (2020–2022). He is a laureate of HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Belgium) in 2020. Previously, he obtained a master’s degree from the Graduate Institute of Plastic Arts, Tainan National University of the Arts (M.F.A., Taiwan). Also, he was selected as finalist for Hugo Boss Asia Art Award (Rockbund Art Museum, 2019). His work participated in Shanghai Biennale (2018), London Design Biennale (2018), the 34th Bienal de São Paulo (2021), the 11th Seoul Mediacity Biennale (2021), VIDEONALE.18 (2021), and film festivals NYFF (New York Film Festival) (2020), IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam (2018, 2020).

Betty Yi-Chun Chen
Born in 1983 in Taipei, Betty is a dramaturg and a translator. She studied English literature and theatre in Taipei and Bochum. She has worked intensively with the Taipei Arts Festival since 2012, and was invited as dramaturg for the festival’s new commissions in 2019. As freelance dramaturg, she has worked with artists and curators from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Germany. Her long-term collaborators include Vee Leong, Chan Ping Chiu, Fangas Nayaw, Snow Huang and Yeh Ming-Hwa. She has also facilitated workshops and lectures on documentary theatre practices and dramaturgy. She currently lives and works in Munich, Germany.


Lecture |
February 27th [Sun] / 16:00
*This work will be shown as part of Commons Forum #2.

Presentation of video works |
February 21st [Mon]– 25th [Fri] / 13:00-19:00
*Days off |  February 23rd [Wed]

Performance times

Lecture | approx. 40 min.

Presentation of video works |
“The Making of Crime Scenes”  (2022) 21’56”
“The Unusual Death of a Mallard” (2020) 16’45”
“Single Copy” (2019)  21’17”
*The above films will be screened on loop during opening hours.


Lecture |
Goethe-Institut Tokyo

7-5-56 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052

Presentation of video works |
Taiwan Cultural Center, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan
2F Toranomon Building 1-1-12 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001

How to participate

Lecture |
In-person participation | Booking essential. Show general admission pass on entry.
Online participation | Please access the program via the link on the dedicated page sent upon purchase of your pass.

Buy Pass

Presentation of video works |
In-person participation | Admission free
– Number of places: 20 (If the number of people in the venue exceeds the capacity, we will limit the admission.)
Online participation | Please access the program via the link on the dedicated page sent upon purchase of your pass.


Chinese (with subtitles in Japanese and English)


Concept and direction | Hsu Che-Yu
Dramaturge and research | Betty Yi-Chun Chen
Venue support | Goethe-Institut Tokyo
Supported by Taiwan Cultural Center, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan