Recently I’ve stumbled onto an interesting website. It’s an art website, but the contents are geared a bit more towards new media art, or digital art as they call it. This is also very similar to what I have been exposed to while I was studying at UCSD. But this one is in Chinese, which caught me by surprise.
TdAic is short for
Taiwan Digital Art and Information Center,
and it hosts a ton of information such as interviews, gallery archives, and news articles.
Upon the entrance of the website, it will be loaded in Chinese automatically, 台灣數位藝術知識與創作流通平台, but you can easily change the language to English as well.
I find this blog, or rathe the existence of this website, very interesting for two reasons.
1) People often follow their favorite blogger in order to keep up with what they are interested in. In fact, I was inspired to write and continue this blog because I myself, keep up with a few blogs. These blogs can be as simple as a free-spirited girl’s recollection of sound and sense or as extensive and random as a cultured blogger’s simple passion to write about his views and thoughts on interesting information, news, and personal likes. But I wondered, as I insisted on continuing to write for this blog:
Who is interested in art?
2) Well, somebody’s got to be. In fact, I would argue that everyone is interested in art, although most often art is appreciated in the form of entertainment, and under the disguise of some kind of purposeful incarnation. But I find few people interested in the purer form of art. Usually you can tell that this is the case when it’s so simple that you feel better hear it explained in order to appreciate it. At least this is how I felt at some point, and thereby introducing Trish’s piece. (In addition to my desire to share something cool, of course.)
However, I wasn’t really introduced to digital art, new media art, or contemporary art until I got to college. I believe this is particularly enjoyed by the new liberal artists, the free spirits, and particularly the rich who have little worry but just enough curiosity to find these artistic explorations more than just interesting, but valuable. Art has great value, and presentation makes a huge difference, but at the same time art has almost no value, until some people gives a damn. You get the idea with Wikipedia’s article on Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain.
Well, will this take off in Taiwan?
What I’ve learned from Raindog’s blog (you don’t have to understand Chinese to get my idea) is what everyone should already know: a picture is worth a thousand words. Pictures make a blog entry a hell lot more interesting.
Videos often make things even more interesting.
However, I find that only texts can help readers make sense of the pictorial or even audial information. Even motion pictures, without sound, only represent an occurrence. The message is often hidden and up to the viewer’s interpretation.
Nonetheless, I feel that TdAic is a great way to get people interested, if not just informed, of the existence of new media art / digital art; and it provides the space for new artists to be understood and explored.
Whether or not there will be enough people interested in visiting the website, it seems like the website will be around as it is in association with the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture. Well, let’s hope more interesting things and creative ideas can inspire more good in the world, and we’ll see if Taiwan can become more innovative and competitive in the future!
By the way,
I thought I would include some food for thought. 🙂 This is as redirected by TdAic’s most recent article on Jill Magid (Chinese only), and a reiteration of my understanding of the project, since TdAic hasn’t gotten its English written version yet.
Failed States is an exploration of coincidence, poetics, government power and bureaucracy.
On January 21, 2010, 24-year-old Fausto Cardenas fired six shots from a small caliber handgun into the air from the steps of the Texas State Capitol. Coincidentally, Jill Magid was present as a witness.
Fausto’s motivations was unknown throughout the whole time since the incident. And Fausto’s silence lies at the heart of the installation. Charged with perpetrating a terrorist threat to a government system, his case nearly came to trial numerous times only to be continuously delayed. In August 2011, Fausto accepted a plea bargain, ultimately silencing himself.
A compilation of the news clips regarding the incident.
Jill Magid, Failed States (detail), 2012. Magid’s 1993 Mercedes station wagon, armored to B4 Level. Parked at the Texas State Capitol.
A picture of the installation.
I think it’s easy to think that the artist is crazy, but I think, again, presentation makes a huge difference. It would be much more helpful and insightful if there’s a video like this one below, describing her project Failed States in a more complete way.
Jill Magid on her exhibition: Authority to Remove
91 / Joey Ma