“Stand-In Techniques”- New Taiwanese video Style
Curator: Wu Dar-Kuen & VT Artsalon
Artists: Yao Jui Chung, Su Hui Yu, Chen Ching-Yuan, Chen Wan-Jen, Wu Dar-Kuen, Tu Pei-Shih
November 12 - December 10, 2010
Produced by:
Wu Dar-Kuen & VT Artsalon
Gallery 456
Opening Reception: 6 - 8pm
Friday, November 12, 2010

Observations of “Stand-In Techniques” – Taiwan Video in the New Century.
By Wu Dar-Kuen

Since the 90s, towards the end of the last century, with the changes in the political atmosphere, the prevalence of the media and globalization, as well as the boom in telecommunications technology, video creativity in the island of technology, Taiwan, has continuously shown new energy. Artists face the projection of social reality and the mutation of self-perception. They go on to transform the creative process of contemporary society’s dissipation of the body, and face the appearance of the metamorphosis model of body and political space. This is a characteristic of the works created by Taiwanese artists. I call this process of body metamorphosis “Stand-In Techniques.”

Further explanations describe this process of taking personal experiences and various fantasy and virtual composites that coexist to create another product of “new self and self-awareness.” Artists transform their bodies into an ideological and metaphorical place. This type awareness of “body concept” and “big I” slowly transforms into scattered, multiple, and non-physical “body metamorphose” and “small i.” Pondering about this matter, we are currently in a state where the lowercase “i” exists but the uppercase “I” has ceased existing, and everything we regard as familiar has slowly crumbled to become merely “worldly possessions.” In the future, human bodies can metamorphose infinitely through the Internet, and we are all space-time travelers walking in front of the light.

Through a variety of “Stand-In Techniques,” Taiwan artists propose many possibilities for the fantasizing and cloning of human bodies. This has been pervasive in our daily lives and has combined with the collective consciousness of society, thus forming a “new reality.”

1. Political Humor: Yao Jui Chung and Chen Ching-Yuan
2. Terrorists and Internationalism: Wu Dar-Kuen
3. Romanticism: Su Hui Yu
4. Expressing Through Other Objects: Chen Wan-Jen
5. Puppet Manipulation: Tu Pei-Shih

In the East, we see Taiwanese artists perfectly and accurately hitting people’s point of self-perception in the post-information age.