This is often how an illustration of “laboratory” may look like: In an enclosed chamber, a group of people are operating high tech devices for the sake of some risky yet critical tests, perhaps having to do with the development of an unknown object, update of an old program, or even reforming new biological mutants. All kinds of “maker-friendly” equipment have sprung up ever since the late twentieth century. Numerous accelerators, incubators, sharing studios are invented. The concept of laboratory has inherently appropriated into the field of contemporary digital art. The roads to digital art are stacked with fantasies, designs and semi-finished products from engineering implementation within their creative processes. The artists never stop exploring and decoding an unknown field by proposing unique ideas. And it is because of this, we never stop expanding our imagination and definition of a laboratory.
Fantastic Experimental Products and Where to Create Them aims to heat up discussions among three groups of artists/teams on all kinds of possibilities emerged while performing experiments. The creative processes of the three groups of artists/teams are all very experimental yet distinct from each other. Visitors may thus observe the context between the exhibits and different dimensions in technology, science and experiments of contemporary art.
Artists YiCheng Sun and HaoShin Chang have both steered their ways from life science to trans-disciplinary art. Collecting a large-scale of data, presenting paper documents, the two artists cast their question on the contemporary meaning of laboratory. As for Artist YanRen Chen, he manages to work on a special interactive device that not only shows the making of digital footages but also attempts to connect it to the audiences’ visual sense. Meanwhile, Interaction Design Group, Dimension Plus, known for its use of new media to combine space with various fields is going to put their works of different phases and series into exhibition. Their experimental spirit will be deconstructed if visitors go through each of their works.