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November 2002. VOL.2 ISSUE 11
Pig Art Cafe
131 Wufu 4th Road, 2~3F. Yen Cheng
YOUR RATING & REVIEW | VIEW
VISITOR RATINGS & REVIEWS
Brad Loghrin / Translated by Sam Chien
While driving along Wufu Road, I spotted the curious
signboard for Dog Pig Art Cafe - a canine mounting a pig! What kind
of place is this? I didn't dare go in alone. Later, a friend invited
me there to see his solo performance of "Krapp's Last Tape"
by Samuel Beckett. I've been back many times since.
"Dopie", its nickname, is a bar/gallery/restaurant/coffeehouse/theater
set in a loft reminiscent of alternative spaces of the 70's and
80's in New York and Toronto. Walls and columns are whitewashed
concrete, pitted and chipped. The music of jazz greats plays in
the background; art books are within easy reach. It's comfortable
- like the home of a poor artist who shares whatever is on hand.
The place opened four years ago and is the haven
of alternative artists, musicians and performers - unique in South
Taiwan. On my last visit, several dismembered chairs filled the
exhibit area while IV bags hung from the ceiling. A huge black stain
covered everything and a single metronome sat to one side. No, it
wasn't an emergency ward gone awry. It was simply art. Kay Lin,
Manager, explained that many are either afraid of art, or they just
don't take time to notice. Owner, Leo Liu, wanted to create an environment
where people would become comfortable with art - where they could
meet friends and get close to art in all its shocking and subliminal
forms. At "Dopie", people eat, drink and converse, but
they can't ignore the art.
Simple foods are offered: Singapore Chicken or Seafood
with Wine Sauce over rice or noodles (NT$210); Pork, Beef, Seafood,
Lamb or Clam Hot Pots (NT$260-NT$280); Red Wine Steak (NT$220);
and Clam & Vegetable BBQ ($160); snacks are available. Beverages
include 13 coffees (NT$60-NT$130), 16 teas and juices (NT$60-NT$160)
and beer or wine (NT$120).
The first Saturday each month is dedicated to original
music, anything but pop. Exhibits are frequent. Minimal cover is
charged for theater shows and other events. Anyone wanting to exhibit
or perform should call Kay.
About that signboard: the pig represents artists
(creatively motivated) and the dog represents entrepreneurs (who
cultivate opportunities). It's a good fit - one sure to stimulate
the local art scene.