“Failed state”remains a real but also unreal experience of the Taiwanese due to the odd situation in the international politics and complex historical settings of Taiwan. The reality lies in the experience of Taiwanese people, from different generations, going through various historical events that pushed the state to the edge of collapse. On the other hand, these events coincidentally helped Taiwan have narrow escapes from the doom of failure, and the close calls brought a sense of unreality of the unsteady nation. From the tension of being on alert all the time to the state of being numbed and detached under the long-lasting oppression, how the collective mental states shape the unique social spectacle? After Our Dear Country Failed traced the aesthetics of digital technology and political control technology to interpret the local social context. We brought a line-up of international artists to present an imaginative space of “failed state” via illustrating the current issues and crises around the globe, employing mechanical installations, and projecting visions toward the future, and to figure out what lies in the present, as it has become a picture of dystopia.
The Korean artist group, Bang & Lee, teamed up by Ja Yeong Bang and Yun Jun Lee focuses on satirizing the absurdity of contemporary living situations by hiring multimedia and digital tools. Through the campaigns and intervention projects on the metropolises across the globe, they have developed a series of highly interactive plans on urban space. Bang & Lee will be taking the opportunity of artist-in-residence and launching a workshop to establish a unique project for Taipei.
As a young director from Thailand, Fiat Frost’s works feature elements of pop culture and soap operas and build up a distinguished but self-indulgent philosophy. Fiat is starred in the many of his films. From an epic hero to a pop superstar, he engages himself in the great fantasy of pop culture and develops a series of comedies with the seriousness of the “sci-fi” topics. Fiat’s films represents the artist’s own fantasies and reflects the narrative structures of the texts in pop culture.
The Ethiopian artist, Mulugeta Gebrekidan, sharply cuts in the crises in the contemporary society, adopting realistic but absurd expressions to intervene the social space. In his video work, Waiting, Gebrekidan is a traveler who stands alone on the platform under construction and waits for a train that will never come. In Auropa, Gebrekidan plays a refugee wearing a life vest at plenty of places in Europe to see the reactions of pedestrians, and attempts to combine the issues on the fantasy of the African toward Europe and the recent refugee crisis.
Chi Min TSAI
After 1945 is a documentation project launched by researcher Tsai Chi Min, based on the collection of documents and surveys on his grandfather, who has passed away. Tsai desires to perceive the postwar Taiwanese society from the lens of his grandfather. In addition to the national and political identity issues of the postwar Taiwanese, the documentation project cares for the postwar local politics and technology of governing in Taiwan. By analyzing the technology of governing, the project aims to approach a deeper understanding and strategies toward the differences between systems and technologies of spreading political impact at our time.
Tsung Hsun TSAI
Tsai Tsung Hsun builds illusory scenes in his works based on ordinary urban landscapes. He takes use of the illusions created by screens to blur the lines between media and the scenes in reality. Newly developed neighborhoods, Tasi’s favorite subject, imply the public’s vision of future, a sense of potential insecurity, and tension brought by images.
Yu Hsuan WANG
The research project, (Like an Artist) Assemble the Time, analyzes the aesthetics and experiences of video creating during the development progress of digital technologies in Taiwan and aims to discuss “digital folk crafts” rather than “digital art”. Wang compiles the history of the aesthetics of and examines the social structure behind the developing digital culture in Taiwan.
Ping Sheng WU
Wu Ping Sheng concentrates on creating miscellaneous listening experiences to change the relationship between space and audience via playing with the sounds of ordinary objects. The installation, Where, as a sound maker designed by the artist, creates sounds by its own mechanical structure. Through the installation, Wu connects sounds, space, and the sound generator to offer an integrated sensory experience which amplifies the audience’s feelings and reception.
DIGITAL ART CENTER, TAIPEI
（No.180, Fuhua Rd., Shihlin Dist., Taipei City）
Opening & Guide tour
Date：2019.12.14 Sat. 17:00
Bang & Lee Workshop
Date：2019.12.14 Sat. 13:00-16:00
Date：2020.01.18 Sat. 14:00-17:00