The 2022 C-LAB annual exhibition The Unrestricted Society curated by CHUANG Wei-Tzu takes different angles on the issues and dilemmas arising from technological development, such as digital surveillance, facial recognition, and deep-fakes that involve digital privacy, as well as the feasibility of applying cloning to food crisis management. Treating technology as a medium, this exhibition also shows that the artists employ novel technologies to explore how artistic concepts can transmute abstract data and in turn create new sensory experiences.
This talk brings together four participating artists of The Unrestricted Society, including FAMEME, CHANG Yung-Ta, CHEN Yi, and CHENG Hsien-Yu to speak about their works in conversation with curator CHUANG Wei-Tzu.
Time: 10/02 (SUN) 17:00－18:30
Venue: R116 Multi-function Space of Creative Base for Animators
FAMEME, a durian tycoon from the tropical Asia, promotes the thorny and odorous king of fruits in a humorous way. Since 2019, he has presented “Museum of Durian” in New York, “Durian Exercise Room” in Seoul, “Durian Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.” As the concept store in Taipei, the single “Rub a Dub Charlie’s Angel in the Tub” (with the Taiwanese hip-hop artist Chunyan) in 2021, and the pop-up store “Durian Duty to Be Free” in Taipei in 2022. His mediated persona freely and frequently switches between different identities—including the celebrity, merchant, designer, and singer, making an interdisciplinary announcement to the Capitalist society that he is the future arrived.
Born in Taiwan in 1981, CHANG Yung-Ta currently lives in Taipei. Drawing on the rigorous experiments and studies on sound, materials, science, and data, his artistic practice explores the subtle, negligible physical phenomena and aural experiences in our quotidian existence to discusses the relations among humankind, technology, and environment. CHANG’s works encompass multiple forms that range from audio-visual and experimental sound to sound installation and live performance, as presented in numerous solo exhibitions, joint exhibitions, and art festivals, including Centre Pompidou-Metz (2021), Taipei Biennial (2020), ARTEFACT: Chernobyl 33 (2019), etc.
CHEN Yi is known for his interdisciplinary artistic practice which explores issues including existence, consciousness, human desire, data, environment, politics, economy, and society through the observation and comparison of tangible substance and virtual consciousness. Graduating from Taipei National University of Arts, he was the top-prize recipient at the 2006 Taipei Art Awards and later co-founded the artist collective LuxuryLogico in 2010, with works shown at Asia Triennial Manchester 2014, Thailand Biennale 2018, Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale 2022. In 2019, LuxuryLogico received Youth Creative Award of Presidential Culture Award, Taiwan.
Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1984, CHENG Hsien-Yu currently works and lives in Taipei as an artist and software developer. He graduated with a BFA from the Department of Theatrical Design and Technology at Taipei National University of the Arts, and holds a MA from the Frank Mohr Institute in the Minerva Art Academy at Hanze University Groningen, the Netherlands, while his work mostly focuses on the relationships amongst human behavior, emotion, software, and machinery, as explored through his electronic installations, software, and experimental bio-electronic devices shown in both solo and group exhibitions around Taiwan, Asia, and Europe. He has received the 19th Taishin Arts Award (in the category of Visual Art) in 2021.
The curator of C-LAB and the former Editor in Chief of Artist Magazine. CHUANG Wei-Tzu has been highly interested in the diversity of contemporary art in Taiwan. Her research focuses on the change of artistic idea and technology rendered in the exhibition and performance, as well as the gender issues in the art history. Her recent curatorial projects are “Display on Live” in C-LAB annual exhibition Re: Play (2020), Project: The Folly (2021, nominated for the 20th Taishin Arts Award), and (De)phallocentrism (2022).
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