- 十月 01, 2020
展期：2020.10.03 Sat.-2020.11.01 Sun.
Duration：2020.10.03 Sat.-2020.11.01 Sun.
Opening：2020.10.03 Sat. 3pm
Venue：Liang Gallery 1F
Artists：CHEN Chien-Pei, HUANG Hsin-Chien, Laurie ANDERSON, WEI Zei, LIAO Chi-Yu, hewen tawtawazay, CHIEN Yi-Ching
Established in 2014, Taipei Art District Festival has been running annual events for seven years. It is held and executed by member galleries and organizations.
Taipei Art District Festival 2020 invites TSENG Yu-Chuan as the curator of this year’s themed exhibitions at DaGuan Gallery, Liang Gallery and Fish Art Center around the theme of “Light ON/OFF.” As one of the main exhibition venues with the subtitle “Disappearance and Formation of Memory”, Liang Gallery invites artworks from five groups of new media artists to explore the topic via videos and installation arts.
Humans worship light, which is the source of life and soul in this world as well as the sustaining force in nature. When there is light, there is no fear of darkness. For centuries, light has been the subject of artists’ quest. They depict light, utilize light sensitivity to create images, employ light to construct the feeling of sublime in architecture, use light as a medium to record and develop images, and document trajectories and images to represent and shape the world. In the age of analogous signals, light becomes a medium, a vehicle for expressing all subject matter.
Digital technology has its interface based on “light” to communicate signals, surpassing the analogous “light” of the electronic age with the encoding, transmission, reception and decoding of signals. The “light” of analogous signals shows images after a television is turned on; and when the television is turned off, the images cease to exist. When the light is switched on, a space can be lit up and an atmosphere created, producing a magical sense of immersion. Devices using analogous signals offer spectacles that disappear after the light is switched off. However, the light emitting from the interface of devices using digital signals opens up different worlds that remain in the virtual world, continuing being a part of the world even after their disappearance from the real world and in front of people’s eyes after the devices are turned off.
Memory is central to human life experience. It is stored and shelved in the memory vault, and can be retrieved when needed. However, the authenticity of memory is always a question. Freud compares memory to a “mystic writing pad,” which bridges the consciousness and the unconscious, something that can be written, rewritten, revised, overridden and traced. In the digital age, people record their lives through social media platforms, permanently storing memories with online photo albums while formulating strategies to construct memories through digital writing.