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.
Dimension Plus is a new media arts creative team. Founded in 2009 by Escher Tsai (Taiwan) and Keith Lam (Hong Kong), they focus on art and technology. The team utilizes new media as an approach to combining the space and cross-disciplinary arts. Plenty of their works can been found in the market which elevate the visitors’ experiences via their interactive devices. Their pieces can also be seen in several expos, exhibitions, and art fests. The team has been invited to create and show their works to different places around the globe. Aside from making arts, Dimension Plus also shows expertise in planning and curating new media arts, and it has also long dedicated to new media arts and their educational applications by offering counseling to other artists.
YiChen Sun was born in Taipei, Taiwan, 1990. She attained her bachelor degree from Department of Life Science, National Taiwan University, and later her master degree from Graduate Institute of Trans-Disciplinary Arts, National Taipei University of Arts, majoring in cultural production and curating. She once resolved to be a scientist exploring lives, but then chose to divert to contemporary art curating owing the confinement of the arbitrary borders among existing disciplines, such as life science, philosophy, sociology and so on. Curatorial practice thus becomes her unique approach to knowledge production. In recent years, Sun also devotes herself to co-organizing community, archipiélago (TW-bioart) together on which people get to craft and communicate incessantly.
HaoShin Chang graduated from Department of Life Science, National Taiwan University and attained MFA from Graduate Institute of Trans-Disciplinary Arts, Taipei National University of Arts. Chang is interested in exploring how the framework of art and science technology interrelates with each other, and the comparison of the two bodies. His art creation and research topics are based on this issue. Chang engages in the research, creation, curating, and education of visual and media art. He has also planned several science communication projects for institutions like Pansi, NTU CASE (Center for the Advancement of Science Education, National Taiwan University), Info2Act, Bioart.tw, by which he experiments models of art combining science and technology. His artworks and research project has been presented in Taiwan, Japan, Mainland China, Finland and so on. Chang was once the lecturer in the experimental undergraduate program of Roy Ascott Studio of Technoetic Arts, Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts.
YanRen Chen graduated École Supérieure d’Études Cinématographiques de Paris, with his major in directing. He was once employed by V2lam Productions as director’s assistant in Paris, served as the secretary-general of Association of the Visual Arts in Taiwan (AVAT), and is currently a freelance digital footage maker. His directorial and shooting career ranges from commercials, documentary, to short films. He has presented several theatrical visual designs in TIFA Taiwan (Taiwan International Festival of Arts), Weiwuying Art Festival, and has launched a multimedia design collaborated with the prominent Taiwanese calligraphy artist, YangTze Tong in the theatrical piece, Sao.
Dimension Plus《Robotic Alaskan Bull Worm》
Brush, Motor, Dimensions variable, 2018
3d printing materials, 2018
Plaster, Paper, Textile, Hardware, Dimensions variable, 2017
《One Button One Function（O.B.O.F.）》
Wood, 3d printing materials, 25x25x25cm, 2018
《White Umbrella Project》
YiChen Sun, HaoShin Chang《Contemporary Laboratory》
Paper, Dimensions variable, 2018
YanRen Chen《Image Works》
Camera, Digital program, Projection, Dimensions variable, 2018
DIGITAL ART CENTER, TAIPEI
（No.180, Fuhua Rd., Shihlin Dist., Taipei City）
Dates：2018.11.03 Sat. 14:00-14:30
TalkⅠ：People in the Laboratory
Dates：2018.10.27 Sat. 14:30-16:00
Dates：2018.12.01 Sat. 14:00-14:30
TalkⅡ：A Hundred Kinds of Possibilities in the Lab
Dates：2018.12.01 Sat. 14:30-16:00
Commentators：Yi-Cheng SUN、Hao-Shin CHANG