館長序/潘襎 Director's Preface / Fan Pan 4
策展論述 Curatorial Discourse 6
策展團隊介紹 Curatorial Team tamtam Art/ INTER—MISSION 38
藝術家作品與圖版 Artists' Statements and Plates 54
策展團隊 tamtamArt/ INTER-MISSION
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What is contemporary? As a noun, contemporaneity could indicate a segment of time that is moving in proximity to us. As an adjective, contemporary could transcend beyond temporality and signify a specific correspondence with the present time that also reaches beyond the sense of time. Being "contemporary suggests a specific
including the extension of time or the transcendence of a specific thing from the past. Because of the prevalent use of technology in the artworks on view in this exhibition presented at the Tainan Art Museum, the artistic significance of being "contemporary” demonstrated is thereby quite apparent. The Tainan Art Museum is a multipurpose institution, and SUPER - TRAJECTORY Media / Life Out of Balance marks its biggest contemporary art exhibition yet since the inauguration of the museum. The exhibition is an international collaboration between the museum and the curatorial collectives, INTER-MISSION and tamtamART, presenting a total of 16 artists whom were all born at the end of this century, an era with rapid computer and technological advancements. The contributing artists come from different countries, including Taiwan, Singapore, Spain, Germany, and France. Through this ensemble, the young generation's ideas for art are presented through a wide array of artworks. The exhibition seeks to explore the future prospect for contemporary humanity and culture in an era of diversity but does not intend to provide an answer to this enquiry.
The exhibition encompasses a wide variety of technology, with interactive applications using video and sound being the dominant. Some of the subject matters explored include urban development, environmental pollution, and climate change. Art created with the mixed application of video and sound evokes complex behaviors involving the visual perception and physical movements, prompting the conveyance of inner desires through experiencing the moving pulses of time. Interactive art transforms internal spiritual experiences from acts of seeing into dynamic and self-initiated expressions. As one expresses, physical gestures are used to project one's inner thoughts and desires. Nevertheless, whether one's moving inner body is aimed at the intended target is still up for debate, as seen in Ya-Wen Fu's Aiming, but at what V. So, is sound being utilised by humans, or are people obeying to sound? Nao Nishihara's Diligent Machine questions the relationship between sound and its receiver. Growing Sound Project by Lien-Cheng Wang uses sounds made by audience members to evoke their awareness for the environment. Sheet Fences by Chao-Hao Liao simulates a common urban architectural structure, erecting an unexpected wall that sparks doubt in people about whether it is an artwork intended to be displayed in the museum, or is it an insertion extracted from the real world? Too Far, Too Near by Ong Kian Peng uses time-lapse photography to convey the experience he had in Greenland, with feelings of tension conveyed by images and sounds of melting glaciers.
Contemporary art presents intense connections to life with the intention of sparking thoughts and feelings associated with contemporaneity, however, because it's based on personal experiences in one's everyday life, it could also sometimes feel distant and foreign to others. Because contemporary issues could be conveyed by the mass individual, although sometimes ambiguous and difficult to comprehend, contempo rary art has continued to thrive and challenge our thoughts and sentiments, as it even challenges the legitimacy of our contemporary existence.
Director of Tainan Art Museum