[ISEA2011] Paper: Yung-Hsien Chen – The Development and Education of New Media Art in Taiwan


During the 1970’s, Taiwan was the main production center for animation, with the export volume in the world. In recent years, artists from the new generation continue to shine in the international exhibitions of new media art. They use the export of Taiwanese technology as its starting point, and selects subject matters which are relevant to Taiwanese local cultural. Its meaning in depth is the technical meta-image and through the mechanical and computer coding procedure, it gradually forms into a new perceptual experience. This proactive prediction coincides with the tendency of contemporary art, and the development of Taiwanese New Media Art would be one of the crucial examples.

In order to discuss the issues, there are some examples to point out production of a “Mirage” from works, which has the reliability of visual truth but is realised through the transportation of simulation. In immersive perceptual state, it instantly turns into another layer of refraction. This relative relationship between image viewing and psychological desire could refer to a piece of speech from the ancient book, “ICE-Making in Summer”. Thus, the sense of mirage in Taiwanese New Media Art is through the media of mirror image, viewing angle and the reaction of refraction. The visual codes therefore become folded (Le Pli) and then extend to be the dialogue between observation and immersion from the artworks.

How do the New Media codes become folded? If we employ the principles of the interface of refraction, how does the viewer become involved in this process of immersion? Gilles Louis Réné Deleuze uses the Fold theory to draw the “literary form of image”, which penetrates the surface film between the viewer and the image describer and stimulates a misty, separating and disturbing act. Referring to this point of view, which appears in the extruding and squirming place within the digital image. Furthermore, this miniaturized reality and illusion are a visual representation which has been integrated through electronization, analogicalization, digitalization and dynamicalization. As a result, the refraction which implies, is not only a physical phenomenon but also indicates the visual text and the education and cultural transcoding, the two have a very close relationship.

  • Yung-Hsien Chen, Taiwan