KIPATAUW is a short audiovisual exploration based on my personal experiences and recurring dreams about Beitou (originally called Kipatauw in the Ketagalan language) – an area where I stayed for three years while living in Taipei, Taiwan. The idea for KIPATAUW came during the lockdown period of spring 2020 in Hamburg when I became interested in exploring memories of places and different environments that I had been exposed to throughout the years. Like in a dream, the story plays out as a sequence of interwoven (and not always realistic) events, where the player can take the role of the protagonist (or an observer). The overall form of the story is circular, as the ending is directly connected to the beginning. In this piece, the player can only move forward, but the path is never exactly the same.
Sander Saarmets is an interdisciplinary composer, sound designer & electronic musician hailing from Estonia. Starting from the 2000's electronic scene of Tallinn, Saarmets has been on a constant sonic expedition that has led him to places like Taiwan, Sweden, France & Germany. He has studied electronic music at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and is a proud member of the CoPeCo alumni. During his journey, he has created solo and ensemble works, music and soundscapes for film (e.g. Uus Maailm, Igapäevaelu müstika, BERG & A Pile of Ghosts), contemporary dance (e.g. Ainukordus & Tuhande silmaga jumal) & gallery space (e.g. We Will Always Have Paris & Ghost Hits Wall). He has released albums under the monikers of Muschraum (Ulmeplaadid, 2005) & V4R1 (Grainy Records, 2017). Fun fact: Sander's music was used for YUFASH SS20 show at the New York Fashion Week.