I am captivated by the conspiracy theories spread online about technology, especially by those legends of technology and human consciousness.
Legend has it that there is a kind of secret weapon sending signals to its victims’ brains via the Internet and radio waves to manipulate their behaviors and disturb their perception. The victims assemble online to build up the network within blogs and Facebook groups and write their individual stories, aiming to fight against the invisible enemy.
Conspiracy theories about technology infer fears and desires of people in the cyber age.As humans develop technology, correspondingly, diseases and sufferings derive as well.
Shelter_of_chaos.zip employs texts, images, videos and objects, linking the Internet, viruses, medicines and diseases to depict the contemporary state of chaos.
Employing the forms of sculpture, painting and projection, Yi-Fan Li transformed his work into a fantastic narrative object lying fragmentary in the exhibition venue, a work bearing more than a passing resemblance to the detritus of bitter struggles. By observing these shattered remnants, the viewers may have a glimpse of the psychedelic space-time through which the artist has travelled; to wit, the emergence and disillusionment of desires.
Li formulated a meta-narrative concept by skillfully applying technological media such as projection mapping, making his work seemingly hesitate to move across the threshold of narratives and ergo mired in a state of constinuing preparation. Such “preparation” was rife with the frolic, wrestling and torture between the artist and the media he used. It was not until either party collapses that the work rose from the decaying corpse and then the narratives unfolded quietly. In this sense, what we see in Li’s work is not simply the narrative flow but also the ambiguous dimension acquired from the entanglements between his life stories and the media he adopted. In this dimension, time stops elapsing, Mercury is in retrograde motion, and all spoken words make no sense because they are blended with one another.
2015 M.A., New Media Art, National Taiwan University of Art
2011 B.A., Fine Art, National Normal University
2016 Next Art Tainan
2016 S-An Cultural Foundation Awards
2013 Digital Art Awards Taipei
2013 S-An Cultural Foundation Awards
2017 《An Exhibition in Soulangh》, Soulangh Cultural Park, Tainan, Taiwan
2015 《Rest in pieces》, FreesArt space, Taipei, Taiwan
2017 《Next Art Tainan》, Asir Art Museum, Tainan, Taiwan
2017 《Rhetoric of Shame》, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
2016 《Ghost in the Box》, YIRI ARTS Taipei space, Taipei, Taiwan
2016 《Expanded Experimental Animation Festival III ─ Endocrine》, MOCA Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
2015 《ShanHaiJing》, YIRA ARTS Pier-2 Space, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2015 《LOVE HOTEL》, YIRA ARTS Taichung space, Taichung, Taiwan
2013 《Data-Neurons》, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taipei, Taiwan
2017 Residence At Soulangh Artist Village
DIGITAL ART CENTER, TAIPEI
（No.180, Fuhua Rd., Shihlin Dist., Taipei City）
Date：2019.12.14 Sat. 15:00