MOCA Show Spotlights Art That Challenges Boundaries

  • Jonathan Chin / Staff Writer, CNA

A Taiwanese artist has created an installation that steals people’s phones and encourages them to think about their relationship with technology.

Cheng Hsien-yu’s Discharge What You Charged — consisting of a cube-like lidded instrument on a pedestal arranged around a display space — is a special exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Taipei. Part of the exhibition “Transistor”.

When a viewer placed a cell phone on one of the devices, the lid closed and locked the cell phone for 15 to 20 minutes before reopening, revealing an almost complete battery drain, Cheng said. I wrote it on his website.

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The organizers of the exhibition aimed to encourage artists to create outside of convention and to support each other through inspiration and collaboration, said Royce Hong, chairman of the Hong Foundation. He said at a news event on Friday, the first day of the event.

The exhibition, which showcases 11 contemporary artists, has a particular focus on works that challenge boundaries, broadly reflect contemporary issues, and demonstrate a spirit of originality, said MOCA director Loh Li-chen. Rakureishin) said.

Most of the 23 works had been previously exhibited, but five made their debut at the show, she added.

New works include Hung Yu-chun’s The Instant of Change, a dismantled and suspended Xing Mobility Miss R electric supercar prototype. , says Loh.

Other works debuting at MOCA are those of Hsu Chia-wei, Chang Shuo-yin and James Ming-hsueh Lee.

The exhibition will also feature Habitat, a collaborative work by Cheng and Chang Ting-tong. The work consists of a hot box containing 8,000 mosquitoes, fed on the artist’s blood, and a video game in which the insects are electrocuted. played.

Another work is If Narratives Are a Deluge by Liu 玗 (Liu 玗). A multimedia work that uses video and installation art to explore the mythology of the flood, part of the traditions of 254 ethnic groups speaking 84 different languages.

The exhibition runs until October 23rd.

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