Illuminations introduces contemporary art by Taiwanese media artists. The curatorial concept draws inspiration from French author Arthur Rimbaud’s poems ‘Illuminations’, which were revolutionary with the European Dadaists. The Dadaists abandoned conventional cultural values and instead made works marked by incongruity and abstraction.
When digital media was first used as part of an artistic process, the art establishment had great difficulty accepting any digital creations as works of art. Yet digital technology has changed fundamentally the art process. Visionary artists started working with hyperlinks, object-oriented programming, Artificial Life, and interactivity.