From 11 August through 7 October 2007 the Museum of Contemporary Art
(MOCA) in Taipei presents the exhibition ZONE_V2_organized by V2_,
Institute for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The
exhibition features an international group of artists. Their artworks
and installations are related to three major themes of past editions of
the Dutch Electronic Art Festival (DEAF): Machine Times, Information is
Alive and Interact or Die!.
Additionally ZONE V2_ will present a two-days conference and workshop in
which the artists in the exhibition and experts participate. The
workshop and conference are intended for students and the emerging
creative generation in Taiwan.
Electronic media like video, television, radio, film and the internet
are closely intertwined with our understanding of historical time. These
time-based media function as a collective memory. Our understanding of
history is also closely related to the way we collect, organize and
retrieve meaning and knowledge from information stored in archives and
databases. But in our digital and networked age, information is not
solely a tool to retrospectively look at the past: it has become an
essential element for acting and interacting in the present. Nowadays we
are living in databases and archives, since all our actions are
monitored, stored and interpreted. Databases and archives are used to
predict the future behavior of individuals and groups. Interaction tends
to become an instrument for economic, social or political agendas, while
interaction is basically a richer process leading to often unforeseen
results producing social and cultural variation.
In the exhibition ZONE_V2_ international artists critically and
playfully reflect these topics, that determine our options for acting
and interacting in our contemporary society so much.
Conference and workshop
Concurrently with the exhibition there will be a two-days conference
Unstable Media, about critical interaction with popular machineries and
the relationship between media art and popular culture. Several experts
and artists that participate in the exhibition will reflect on their
work and give demonstrations. Prior to the conference Staalplaat
Soundsystem will host the workshop Made in Taiwan, where the audience
can participate in the creation of an installation, made of electronic
kitchen devices, which can be controlled by mobile phones. The result
will be exhibited in ZONE_V2_.
MOCA Taipei releases a catalogue of the exhibition, which will be
available up from mid August. Contributions in the catalogue are by:
Timothy Druckrey (US), V2_ (Alex Adriaansens, Arjen Mulder, Arie
Altena), with an introduction by MOCA. The catalogue contains all the
artworks in the exhibition. Design by MOCA.
- PainStation, Enhanced Dueling Artifact, 2001 – 2004 by ////////fur////
art entertainment interfaces (Tillman Reiff, Volker Morawe)
- G-Player 4 by Jens Brand
- Logo.Hallucination by Christophe Bruno
- Feed by Shane Cooper
- Synthia-Stock Ticker by Lynn Hershman Leeson
- Purple Rain Joyce Hinterding, David Haines
- data.tron by Ryoji Ikeda
- Pockets Full of Memories by George Legrady
- Drawn by Zachary Lieberman
- Beijing Accelerator by Marnix de Nijs
- Cheap Imitation by David Rokeby
- YOKOMONO by Staalplaat Soundsystem
- Exactitudes by Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek
- Amazon Noir by UBERMORGEN.COM, ALESSANDRO LUDOVICO, PAOLO CIRIO
- Google Will Eat Itself by UBERMORGEN.COM, ALESSANDRO LUDOVICO, PAOLO CIRIO
- zgodlocator/version zII by Herwig Weiser
- Chinese Portraiture by Zhou Hongxiang
Artist in the screening program
'In the Event of Amnesia the City Will Recall ' by Denis Beaubois, Australia
'All is Full of Love' directed by Chris Cunningham, United Kingdom,
music by Björk,
'Safe Distance' by New Media Center_kuda.org, Serbia
'The Catalogue' by Chris Oakley, United Kingdom
Workshop Made in Taiwan
Hosted by Staalplaat Soundsystem, The Netherlands
ZONE_V2_ is a project of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei (Taiwan).
The exhibition and conference is conceived and curated by V2_, Institute
for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, Netherlands).
The project is financially supported by the Mondriaan Foundation,
Amsterdam, Netherlands and the Yageo Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan.