{Assimilator} is a solo exhibition by Hsien-Yu CHENG recipient of the 2nd Tung Cheng Art Award, which explores the influence of Internet globalization under the framework of modern technology. As technology gradually controls what people eat and wear and where they live and go, lifestyles, habits, and thinking have changed. If people give up authority over their lives to technology, do they possess “individual thought” and “imagination” during their assimilation? This exhibition presents and contextualizes the viewpoints that cannot be defined by the concepts of technology, culture, or the arts, beginning with how emotions and behavior are connected to technology. Moreover, it focuses on current global issues that involve contradictory human emotions and moral conflicts in the interactions of machinery and humanity, creating alternative explanations and new interpretations.

The Internet was initially used for military and political communications. It is now the main platform for public dissemination of information. From transmission of messages, its functions have expanded to include communities, entertainment, services, and transactions. With this context, chemical changes are initiated in terms of knowledge learning and communication flow, producing structural changes during the receiving of messages. The most obvious involves “memory”. Search engines provide rapid access to information, with corresponding “fast-food style” response of the brain. One example is memory keywords. If keywords are entered into a search engine to find information, due to the convenience of input and reliance on the Internet, inaccurate memories emerge during the processing of information by the brain.

In this era of rapid expansion of and access to information, CHENG uses the term “assimilator” to symbolize the positive and negative relationships in the absorption of messages, learning, and obtaining of information. People have welcomed the “zero delay” Internet age, with its continuous evolution of computer hardware and software. Due to the inevitably close connections between life and the Internet, the so-called Internet becomes a type of Intranet (early internal network not available to the public) and communication flows between people and between people and the environment enter an all-new state. While the convenience of technology is enjoyable, it also triggers anxiety and feelings of uncertainty. In his new work, Hijacker: {,}, CHENG reveals society’s “specification assimilation” due to the “standardization” by endowing machines with imagination. Dreamers share their dreams. Through third party description and imagination of other people’s dreams, subjective exchanges and changes that take place during the transmission of messages are discussed. Moreover, imagination may become key to unique abilities. Invitation and What’s in the Middle discuss the impacts of negative Internet use and applications, such as hacking of personal information, spam messages, cybercrime, and viruses. Discharge What You Charged forces visitors to face their emotions upon losing access to their cell phones without warning. Moreover, it reflects on passive lifestyles under the domination of machines and derived life experiences.

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Sponsor:Hong Chien, Ching-Hui
Organizers:Hong’s Foundation for Education & Culture、Project Seek、Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab
Equipment Sponsor:Panasonic

Date & Time

2020/06/06-08/02 11:00-18:00 Tue-Sun

Venue Location

C-LAB Art Space III, 1~2F

How to Join

Free Entry