The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA) held a press conference on Dec. 22 to announce details of the upcoming "2022 Taiwan International Light Festival (2022臺灣國際光影藝術節)."
Hosted by Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te, the press conference was attended by NTMoFA's director Liang Yung-fei (梁永斐), curators Tseng Yu-chuan (曾鈺涓), Weng Shu-ying (翁淑英), artist Chiang luan-Hau (江元皓), director of C-LAB Hsieh Tsui-yu (謝翠玉), and Deputy Chief Executive of the National Culture and Arts Foundation Sun Hua-xiang (孫華翔), among others.
In his speech, Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te first thanked and affirmed the dedication of NTMoFA and the curatorial team to creating a new type of art exhibition by combining lighting, technology, and art. At the same time, they have also created an important platform for young artists and foreign artists to put their art on display and interact with each other, Lee said.
The 2022 Taiwan International Light Festival "Play and Playing- Light and Shadow" adopts the metaphor of "light" in Lord Byron's poems in hope of immersing the senses of the audience in the digitally created world of light and shadow, and allowing them to participate in the graceful atmosphere where light and shadow are intertwined harmoniously.
NTMoFA pointed out that the upcoming exhibition features artists from Taiwan, Japan, Australia, and France. With a spirited integration of art, technology, and performance, the exhibition presents a "theater of light" with ten performative installations and showcases "light" in three dimensions – "Light and Shadow Theater," "Lightscape Stage" and “Light Travel Interface" – to re-define the roles of subject and object in performance and construct the audience's exhibition viewing behavior and sensory experience in "viewing" and "interaction." In doing so, the exhibition transforms the audience from "someone who intervenes through viewing and participation" into "the indispensable subject in the works."
2022 Taiwan International Light Festival will run from Dec. 25 through Feb. 28, 2022.