"TEA/Super Connect,” the 2013 International Techno Art Exhibition featuring 79 days of bionic robots and other futuristic art, will run from Aug. 10 through Oct. 27 at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung.
Comprised of 20 artworks from 16 countries and curated by Lin Shu-min (林書民), the mastermind behind the Taiwan Pavilion at the 2003 Venice Biennial in Italy and the organizer of the 2007 Ars Electronica Festival in Austria, "Super Connect” will explore the concept of our digital world from different perspectives.
Given how the mainstream are constantly focused on "now” - e.g. real time information feeds - and how cultures have started to bleed into one another, the exhibition seeks to reflect this new breed of hybrid cultures and the chaos of our time.
Many concepts of cultural hybrids are used to impress visitors, from the digital personas of robots to bionic simulations. Through the fusion of technology and the arts, "techno art,” artists also re-define relations between the physical and the spiritual, and those that exist in reality versus those that remain in the virtual world.
In addition, the theme of a super-connected civilization is reflected in the artistic fusion of different art mediums and technologies, further highlighting the interaction among art, technology and society.
Representing Taiwan in the Taichung exhibition are Lee Ming-wei (李明維), Lin Pei-ying (林沛瑩) and Huang Zan-lun (黃贊倫). Their artworks will use music to stimulate the viewer's behavior and discuss the un-discussed in human communications with the ultimate aim to prompt personal introspection.
For more information on the "2013 TEA/Super Connect,” in which TEA stands for Technology, Entertainment and Art, please visit the event website at http://tea.ntmofa.gov.tw/.