NEW MEDIA ART TAIWANESE ARTISTS HONG KONG GALLERY SHOWS
Interested in the evolution of new media art in Asia, Hong Kong-based gallery Input/Output (I/O) featured Taiwanese emerging new media artists Yao Chung-Han, Lin Guan-Ming, and Chang Li-Ren in their show “Made in Taiwan”, which closed on 19 April 2012.
[Editor’s note | 21 April 2012: Input/Output recently informed Art Radar that the exhibition “Made in Taiwan” has been extended and will now close on Sunday 13 May 2012.]
Yao Chung-Han, Lin Guan-Ming, and Chang Li-Ren represent a specific segment of new media artists from Taiwan. All born in the Eighties, these artists began their careers just as Taiwan started to push for the advancement of technological and digital artwork in the name of maintaining a robust technological industry.
Against this backdrop of growth and change, these artists came of age. Their themes vary as widely as their specific mediums and application of new media. Using sound, light, animation and video, they explore time, perception, reality and the body. “Made in Taiwan” at Input/Output (I/O) showcases the artists’ individual interests and styles, and provides a glimpse of the breadth of new media art from Taiwan.
Featured below are images from the show “Made in Taiwan”, including snaps from opening night and additional information on the three featured artists and their work.
Yao Chung-Han (b. 1981)
Fascinated by the spacial elements of light and sound, new media artist Yao Chung-Han explores the dialogue between these two elements through installations and performances. Yao is equally dedicated to establishing the sound art scene in Taiwan and in 2007 co-founded Lacking Sound Festival, giving local sound artists a new platform through which to experiment and share their work.
Yao’s current work centres on the body. His installation 30, Heartbeat uses the artist’s own heartbeat to trigger light and sound, surrounding the audience with organic human rhythms. Yao received the Sound Art Prize at the Digital Art Festival Taipei in 2008.
Lin Guan-Ming (b. 1981)
New media artist Lin Guan-Ming uses video to create hypnotic vignettes that explore reality, time and relationships, resulting in dreamy visions of everyday life. “Made in Taiwan” features a selection of his works from 2008 to 2011. Lin was presented with the Taipei Art Award by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in 2008.
Chang Li-Ren (b. 1983)
Video artist Chang Li-Ren alters the storyline of familiar images to explore how perceptions evolve and can develop into a commentary on behaviors of the modern day consumer. His presentation involves a gilded frame surrounding an electronic screen displaying a well-known painting, creating the illusion of a traditional oil portrait. He then animates the scene to alter the plot. In 2009, Chang was awarded the Taipei Arts Award, Taoyuan Creation Award, and Kaohsiung Award.
A platform for new media art
Established in 2009, Input/Output was developed solely as a platform for new media art. Located in the midst of other more traditional art galleries in the Hollywood Road area of Hong Kong, I/O seeks to ensure new media art receives the same attention and critical discourse as other contemporary work. The gallery provides exhibition space for artists as well as hosting talks, workshops, and artist meetings, all to promote new media art.
Back in July 2010, Art Radar interviewed Rachel Connelly, the Assistant Creative Director of I/O, click here to find out what she had to say.
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