Institute of Contemporary Arts
Illuminations introduces to international audiences contemporary art by Taiwanese artists whose practice is influenced by digital media. The curatorial concept draws inspiration from the French author Arthur Rimbaud’s poems ‘Illuminations’, which were revolutionary with the European avant-garde, and in particular the Dadaists.
The Dadaist movement abandoned conventional cultural values to introduce to the art world works marked by incongruity and abstraction. Similarly when digital media was first used as part of an artistic process, the art establishment had great difficulty accepting any creation made by a computer as a work of art.
Digital technology has fundamentally changed the way art is made. Visionary artists introduced the hyper-link, the object-oriented programming, Artificial Life, and interactivity into the new aesthetic vocabulary of art. Today, media art has become a central part of our networked culture. Some of the most significant contributions made to the field have come from the most technologically advanced countries in Asia: Japan and South Korea.
The creative thinking of Taiwanese artists is inseparable from this global artistic dialogue and it is particularly influenced by its close proximity to these two cultures. Artists have been exploring innovative ways to revamp traditional art techniques by deploying digital media in various ways as showcases here.
Taiwanese Media Art
Curators: Annie Ivanova, Lihsin Ho
Artists: I-Chun Chen, Hsin-Chien Huang, Chi-Yu Liao, Escher Tsai & Dimension+, Home Tsai, Ou-Bau Tsai, Wei-Hao Tseng, Yu-Chuan Tseng, Pei-Shih Tu, Chung-Kun Wang