Fictional Life: Hybridity, Transgenetics, Innovation Online Project
2020/06/20 - 2020/07/26
Due to the COVID-19 global outbreak, many citizens of the world are sheltering-in-place, and with physical activities suspended in schools, museums, and other public facilities around the world, working from home and long-distance appreciation have been made possible due to technology and social media. The exhibition, Fictional Life: Hybridity, Transgenetics, Innovation, intends to bring together “biotechnology innovation” and “techno art practice”, and originally scheduled to open in June of this year, a modified version is now presented through the use of online technology and web platforms, with the following three core issues presented under diverse perspectives: “Hybridity” found between different ecosystems; “Transgenetics” applied in biogenetic experiments; and “Innovation” observed in digital technology applications. While exploring mutualistic symbiosis, a series of online streaming events and in-person workshops are also presented to guide the participants into an imaginative art world where virtuality and reality are combined.
Yao Jui Chung –
Republic of Cynic (R.O.C.)
2020/05/01 - 2020/07/05
In May 2020, a virtual state Republic of Cynic (R.O.C.) was established in Taipei, the capital of the Republic of China.The abbreviation R.O.C. stands simultaneously for the Republic of Cynic and the Republic of China. The former emerged from the Cold War history and continues to haunt the contemporary society, acting as a parallel organization as well as a phantom, illusion or subconscious dependent on the latter. Artist Yao Jui Chung created this “state within a state” by applying the concept of parasitism, viz., “the Republic of Cynic (parasite) lives in the Republic of China (host),” aiming to untangle the political imbroglio among the United States, China and Taiwan since the Cold War, and to capture the spirit and embodiment of national identity in the new Cold War.
Re-Base: When Experiments Become Attitude
2018/11/10 - 2019/01/27
“Re-Base: When Experiments Become Attitude” will explore the meaning and possibilities of experimentation in the contemporary context of standardization repression. The project will marry the opened-up old space to the reconstructed new one; the newly resurrected base will then serve as a platform for dialogue as well as a place for convergence.
The Alternative Guide of Time
2018/09/01 - 2018/10/07
This research exhibition project is an investigation as well as a re-imagination on the context of the Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab (C-LAB) via object history, oral history, images, cartographies, texts, and acoustic scenes. Serving as a psycho-geographical exploration into a 7-hectare area in the east Taipei, the exhibition, titled “The Alternative Guide of Time”, superimposes historical constellations of space and time that span from the reality to fiction, guiding the audience to revisit the context from the Industrial Research Institute of the Taiwanese Governor-General’s Office during the Japanese rule to the Air Force Command Headquarters period with interdisciplinary cultural production.