[ISEA2019] Curator Statement: ACT Festival 2019 — FoodHack

Curator Statement  

June 22 – August 4, 2019. ACT Showcases, ACT Archive, Screenings

The 2019 ACT Festival, held under the theme of “FoodHack,” focuses on “food”, one of the highly creative and advanced cultures. The ACT Festival 《FoodHack》 presents what today’s artists think about food and their ideas about alternatives that can help us fight growing environmental pollution. The exhibition, together with the 2019 International Symposium on Electronic Art, introduces the results of the “Creators in Lab X ISEA2019.”

Creatively fusing technology and art, Asian Culture Center ACT Festival has been a platform that introduces future oriented projects and contents and encourages professionals in and out of the country to exchange ingenious and innovative ideas. The 2019 ACT Festival leads you to a journey of hacking food for the present and the future, which also become the title of this edition. Originally, ‘hack’ or ‘hacking’ meant ‘the pure pleasure from the process of working’. Through extensive programs including ACT Showcases, A/V Performances, Talks & Lectures, Workshops and Screenings, it seeks pleasure in food itself while also interrogating the aftermath and speculating possible options. Participants armed with different ideas provoke a rethink of food and suggest alternative recipes for the future. Together with artists, designers, engineers and cultural creators from all over the world, ACT Festival 2019 FoodHack will present the most contemporary and futuristic technology.