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Made In Taiwan
by I/O (Input/Output)
Location: I/O (Input/Output)
Date: 24 Feb - 29 Apr 2012

According to “New Media in Art” by MICHARL RUSH, photography and video technology was invented as early as the beginning of the 1880s, and then moved on to the discovery of Dadaism & Fluxus which led to the development of conceptual art , video art , and digital art, interactive art and bio art. The development of new media art in Asia began later then the West and about 20 years ago, Hong Kong started exploring this genre by blending new media art performances in performing arts. At the same time, new media organizations and the arts festival established in Hong Kong. The development of new media art in Taiwan started almost at the same time with significant support from the government, educational institutions and the commercial industry. With the development of science and technology in the past decade, artist has been exploring videos & computer software, lighting, sound and other creative media to develop their own artistic style.

In recent years, Input/Output has been concerned about the development of new media in Asia, the next exhibition features three young and energetic new media artist born in the eighties. They will each bring their individual style for "Made in Taiwan" using video, sound, lighting and animation.

Yao Chung-Han is a Master’s graduate of the National Taipei University of Arts. He specializes in sound, installations and live performances. In 2008, Yao was awarded Sound Art Prize at the Digital Art Festival Taipei and was invited to participate in “The 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial” (2009, Japan), “NTT ICC - Emergencies!014” (2010, Japan) and “Steim – Massive Light Boner” (2010, Netherlands). Yao enjoys using the contrast between sound and light to trigger the sense of the viewers own body. “30, Heartbeat “ is a light and sound installation based on the artist’s heartbeat frequency data on the day he turned 30 years old. This data is input into a device that controls the light, highlighting the life and light to the viewers in that moment of time.

Lin Guang-Ming, Master's graduates of the National Taipei University of the Arts is a video artist. Lin has participated in more than 35 exhibitions, and has held five solo exhibitions in the last decade. In 2008, Lin was awarded the Taipei Arts Award by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and some of his works has been collected by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung. “Made in Taiwan” features some of his video works produced between 2008-2011, including "Fly" (2007), "Memory" (2008), "Never Happen" (2011) and "Uncharted Waters" (2011). Through the evolution of technology reflected in the images and the relationship of people's lives, the video aims to trigger the minds of the viewers to once again see the world as it is. The work is an emotional piece where the faint images blurs the concept and thinking of the intended message.

Chang Li Ren is a fine arts graduate at the National Taiwan University of Arts. Chang began his writing career in 2005 and in 2009; he was awarded the Taipei Arts Award, Taoyuan Creation Award and Kaohsiung Award. The concept of the video is base upon the perception of an individual’s personal life and how it can mature and develop into a critique of the behavior of consumers in today’s society. The use of day-to-day materials combined with technology to reproduce the professional imagery gives the work a different sense of satisfaction. The work exhibiting is a recent piece that started in 2011 and completed in 2012. The classic film series provides a private viewing space; the small screen seems like the portrait of a famous painting but using animation to change plot. The classic painting by British painter, John Everett Millais's “Ophelia” (1852), and Belgian painter Peter Paul Rubens who painted the masterpiece “The Straw Hat” (1622) for his wife’s sister.

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