Philosophy – Language – Art
Is thinking only valuable if it is useful? Is there an aesthetic side to thinking? Can thinking be an art, something pursued as an end in itself?
Sound Design and Society
June 4, 2023. Tainan, TaiwanEvery object in motion makes a sound. In film, sound designers decide what to add what to leave unheard. In everyday life, we experience layers of sound almost continually. What can we learn if we apply the tools of the sound designer to a social movement?
Chinese Beauty Standards: Ancient and Modern
April 30, 2023. Tainan, TaiwanFrom bound feet to long longs, we will explore the ever-changing standards of Chinese beauty.
The Windowless Building
March 9, 2023. Hanoi, VietnamLinh Tran discusses his story, The Windowless Building. When the elevator reaches the top floor, only two people are left to face the reality of what lies beyond the final door to the soul.
The Evolution of Art and Ideas
Jan. 1, 2023. Tainan, TaiwanUnleashed from convention, art now reflects individual thoughts. The results are both awe-inspiring and confusing. We will discuss the evolution of art and ideas using examples from music, painting.
Dec. 4, 2022. Tainan, TaiwanBring in a topic you would like to discuss. Start with a brief overview or description of the idea. Then ask a few provocative questions to begin the conversation.
Ideas of Beauty
Date: TBDAre sensual pleasures, 快感, and aesthetic beauty, 美感, the same? Is beauty objective or just a matter of taste? Does beauty require judgment? What are the differences between the aesthetics of East and West?