The Octaphilosophy™ special exhibition is a world-touring project that is an extension of the book Octaphilosophy™ published by Chef André Chiang of Restaurant ANDRÉ in 2016. A grand celebration where philosophy meets aesthetics, this exhibition was planned by curator André Chiang and exhibition curating company Informat Design with the exclusive sponsorship of Win Sing. The exhibition will be held from May 6 (Fri.) to May 12 (Thurs.), 2016 at the W5 Building in Huashan 1914 Creative Park.
As the exclusive sponsor of the Octaphilosophy™ special exhibition, Win Sing has set a key anchor point for the exhibition’s world tour, using André Chiang’s work to show the world Taiwan’s creative energy and aesthetic ideas. Win Sing’s second-generation manager, General Manager Jenny Yeh, has long been a sponsor and advocate of aesthetic education, seeing art as something that can enrich businesses. She said, “Though Chef Chiang and I have implemented our aesthetic thinking and expression in different fields, we share a lot of highly similar ideas. I am convinced that the promotion of aesthetics requires the joint effort of more like-minded individuals. Chef Chiang’s professionalism and appeal will surely create greater influence. And so, I am willing to fully support this interdisciplinary aesthetic collaboration. I hope that viewers will be inspired to think outside the box and discover their own Octaphilosophy.”
Curator André Chiang said, “In my world tour plan, the Taipei stop is not only the grandest, but also the one that can most comprehensively convey the spirit of Octaphilosophy™. In my discussions with participating artists, I have felt deeply moved and inspired. Our discussions weren't based on the contents of the book Octaphilosophy™, but on the origin and essence of creative thinking. They used their life experiences and design expertise to respond to the Octaphilosophy™ spirit, and further implemented their creative results in their respective areas of expertise, whether its floral design or illustration. Every creation is so unique, crafted with care, and wildly crossing boundaries. This exceeded my imagination and expectations for the collaboration. We communicate with very similar creative language, so the moment we exchange ideas, it’s like we’ve known one another for ages. I look forward to this exhibition very much, and I am deeply grateful to Win Sing for exclusively sponsoring my world tour plan. Their recognition and support made the Octaphilosophy™ special exhibition meaningful on many more levels, and further opened the treasure chest of everyday aesthetics.” While touring 21 cities around the world, André Chiang will collaborate with artists from each country like never before. In the Hong Kong, New York, London, Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Sydney stops, an artist will be selected to design a unique dust jacket for the book, linking Octaphilosophy™ and the artists’ creative inspirations, and sending waves of creative dialog across the world.