An exhibition entitled "Schizophrenia Taiwan 2.0,” featuring digital and media art by young Taiwanese artists, recently concluded at Transmediale in Germany. It was the first exhibit of its kind from Taiwan to be displayed at the annual art event.
Works by 14 young and upcoming Taiwanese new media artists - Chen I-chun (陳依純), Wu Chi-yu (吳其育), Chen Wan-jen (陳萬仁), Su Yu-hsien (蘇育賢), Wang Chun-chieh (王俊傑), Huang Yen-ying (黃彥穎), Yuan Kuang-ming (袁廣鳴), Chang Li-jen (張立人), Chiu Chao-tsai (邱昭財), Chen Liang-hsuan (陳亮璇), Lin Yen-chu (林晏竹), Tu Pei-shih (杜珮詩), Tseng Yu-chin (曾御欽), and Chen I-ya (陳逸雅) - were displayed at the annual festival for media art and digital culture, held in Berlin at the Hungarian Cultural Institute (Collegium Hungaricum Berlin) between Jan. 24 and Feb. 2.
The exhibition examined Taiwan's schizophrenic nature under the following lenses: a condensed symbol of world history, a powerhouse of the global digital economy, and an ambivalent national status. Being part of the global community and an outsider at the same time, Taiwan observes, orbits, and transmits messages to the world just like a satellite, according to the exhibition organizers.
Taiwanese artist Wang Fu-jui (王福瑞) also showcased his sound project "Hyper Transmission” at the exhibition, becoming one of the highlights of the opening evening. Taiwan's diplomatic representative to Germany Chen Hwa-yue (陳華玉), Transmediale artistic director Kristoffer Gansing, and Hungary-based Ludwig Museum director Krisztina Szipocs also attended the opening. Szipocs offered high praise for the exhibition and expressed her desire to cooperate with Taiwan in future contemporary art exchanges.
After enjoying a successful debut at the Ars Electronica festival in the Austrian city of Linz in 2013, the "Schizophrenia” exhibition has traveled to renowned international new media festivals such as Cyberfest, the most important festival for technology-based art in Russia, and Instants Video in France.
After the exhibition in Berlin, "Schizophrenia” will tour other major European cities including London, Paris, and Marseille. For more information on Taiwan's 'Schizophrenia,' please visit www.schizotaiwan.net.