"Schizophrenia Taiwan 2.0,” a visual exhibition featuring Taiwan's new media artists, is scheduled to tour the Mettalos Culture Center in Paris and the Instant Video Festival in Marseille starting Oct. 7.
As the exhibition title suggests, there are currently many conflicting issues in Taiwan's society, such as Taiwan's opposing position against the economic powerhouse on the other side of the Taiwan Strait, the co-existence of advanced technology and indigenous tribal cultures, as well as the conflicting sentiments of a strong Taiwanese identity versus China's reunification wishes.
The exhibition also elaborates on the concept of "division,” and reflects on and questions the globalization problems faced by the world, including economic crises, immigration, cultural identity, and the perceived deterioration of democracy.
The exhibits include videos, projections, and multimedia works by 14 new media artists from Taiwan. The curators are Pierre Bongiovanni and Germany-based Taiwanese Lee Yi-wei.
Prior to France, the exhibition was shown as part of the Ars Electronic Festival in Austria, Cyberfest in Russia, and Transmediale in Berlin, and received positive feedback. It successfully introduced contemporary Taiwan to more European art lovers by connecting contemporary art communities of Taiwan with those of Europe.
Marseille, the host venue of the Instant Video Festival, has been devoted to displaying video works on civil and social issues for 25 years. This year, Taiwan has been selected as the theme of the festival, and a program titled "Taiwan Video ArtNight” will screen several contemporary video artworks, including Taiwanese artist Chen Chieh-jen's "Factory.”
"Schizophrenia Taiwan 2.0” will run from Oct. 7-19 in Paris and from Nov. 7-30 in Marseille.
Schizophrenia Taiwan 2.0 @ Paris
Schizophrenia Taiwan 2.0 @ Marseille