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Duplication of Nature: Digital Scenery of AI in Taiwan

This project aims to investigate how artists employ the latest AI technology as their creative tools and how they devise the digital modus operandi of “human-machine co-creation.” Revolving around the hybridization of the digital and nature, this project constructs a community-based database as a substitute for any traditional database that has only a single source of contents. Specifically speaking, it utilizes the concept of community to collect and expand the existing natural soundscapes around Taiwan, and collates these data with the help of AI technology, thereby opening up new possibilities for artistic creation. In sum, this project will reveal artists’ status and subjectivity in the creative process and their potential to co-exist with teachable AI. The term “Digital Scenery” in the project title indicates our objective of capturing the subtle beauty of Taiwan’s natural landscapes and digitally depicting their traces on this island. A database of digital landscapes underpinned by sound, image and objective time will be built up through the formation of a physical community and the accumulation of environmental information. AI technology has provided artists with a stimulation that they can never get in their quotidian existence. Are we, as active information receivers, creating works under the influence of computer programs that not only blur the boundary between users and their tools but also spark discussions about hybridized creation?


CHEN Chih-Chien

CHEN graduated from the Graduate School of Art and Technology, Taipei National University of the Arts. Drawing inspiration from the natural environment, he not only orientates his artistic practice towards hybridization and boundary-crossing, but also deals with the humanistic thinking in the society of the spectacle, insofar as to strike a harmonious balance between the two poles of technologies and humanities. He tends to respond to contemporary issues by juxtaposing “vision, video, installation, text and behavior.” He won the Taipei Art Awards in 2006 and founded the artist group LuxuryLogico in 2010. He continues to carry out site-specific creative projects in different countries and works as an artist-in-residence in different cities such as Los Angeles, Paris and Busan.