Taiwan 2.0: Broadcasting The Island’s New Media Art to the World
Schizophrenia Taiwan 2.0 is a touring exhibition of over a decade’s worth of Taiwan’s new media art. Next stop is Transmediale, Berlin’s art, culture, and technology festival. Late 2013, the exhibition hit Russia’s Cyberfest and Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. After Berlin, Schizophrenia Taiwan 2.0 will make a final stop at Instant Video in Marseille, France in late 2014.
On occasion, we may see the work of Taiwanese new media artists, in galleries or by way of online coverage; but, Schizophrenia Taiwan 2.0 seems to be the first of its kind—a menagerie of some of the country’s most significant new media art. It’s also an opportunity for Westerners to see just what’s been brewing on the island nation, since mainland China tends to dominate art and technology headlines.
The works included in the touring exhibit are mostly videos or installations. The artists aren’t enamored with some of the current digital art trends of the West—GIFs, glitch, pixel art, or web art that looks like Geocities home pages on acid. The artists, in one way or another, made works that comment on Taiwan’s unique national schizophrenia: an island nation that is part of but distinct from mainland China, while also a member of the global community through its tech economy, yet somewhat removed from the international affairs of the wider world.
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