A Taiwanese artist has created an installation piece that takes away people’s cellphones to encourage them to reflect on their relationship with technology.
Cheng Hsien-yu’s (鄭先喻) Discharge What You Charged — which consists of cube-like lidded apparatuses on plinths arranged around a display space — is part of “Transistor,” a special exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Taipei.
When a viewer places their phone on one of the apparatuses, its lid closes and locks the phone up for 15 to 20 minutes before opening again, revealing it almost completely out of battery, Cheng wrote in his Web site.
Photo: CNA
The exibition’s organizers sought to encourage artists to create without feeling bound by conventions, and support one another through inspiration and collaboration, Hong Foundation chairman Royce Hong (洪裕鈞) told a news event on Friday, the exhibition’s opening day.
The exhibition, which showcases 11 contemporary artists, has a special focus on works that challenge boundaries, reflect broadly on modern issues and demonstrate a spirit of originality, MOCA director Loh Li-chen (駱麗真) said.
While most of the 23 creations have been displayed before, five pieces debuted at the show, she added.
The new pieces include Hung Yu-chun’s (洪裕鈞) The Instant of Change (創變瞬態), which features a deconstructed and suspended Xing Mobility Miss R electric supercar prototype, Loh said.
The other pieces that debuted at MOCA are creations by Hsu Chia-wei (許家維), Chang Shuo-yin (張碩尹) and James Ming-hsueh Lee (李明學).
The exhibition also showcases Habitat, a collaborative piece by Cheng and Chang Ting-tong (張碩尹) that is comprised of a high-temperature box containing 8,000 mosquitoes that fed on the blood of the artists and a video game that electrocutes the insects when it is played.
Another piece featured is Liu Yu’s (劉玗) If Narratives Are a Deluge, a multimedia creation that uses video and installation art to explore a flood myth that is part of the traditions of 254 ethnic groups speaking 84 different languages.
The exhibition is to run until Oct. 23.
The Taoyuan City Government has come under fire over a show last weekend at the Dasi Bean Curd Festival featuring scantily clad women. Originally organized by the Taoyuan Tofu Merchants’ Association to celebrate Dasi District’s (大溪) famous bean curd industry, the city government has since 2015 helped to run the annual festival. This year’s edition took place on Saturday and Sunday at the Dasi Multi-use Sports Center, with the usual DIY activities, market and other events to promote the product. In a change from previous years, the organizers centered Saturday evening’s festivities around an electronic music festival, inviting a DJ to play on
SHOOTING SPREE: The suspect injured two men at a residence in Taipei, a temple official and a police officer, and killed himself after releasing the hostages, police said Taipei police said they had begun an investigation into a gang-related shooting after a hostage situation on Wednesday night that left the alleged shooter dead and four people injured. Police had identified the suspect in the shooting in Taipei’s Wanhua District (萬華) as Chiu Kuo-lung (邱國隆), an alleged member of the Wan Guo gang, Wanhua Precinct Police Chief Hsieh Tsung-hung (謝宗宏) told a news conference. Chiu, 54, took his own life at the end of a shooting spree, Hsieh said. Police said the incident began at 7:26pm, when Chiu arrived at a residence on Hankou Street for a meeting with alleged Wan
SOCIAL DISORDER: Forty-five major criminal figures were among 269 suspects arrested in a major joint campaign by law-enforcement agencies to deter crime Law-enforcement authorities have arrested hundreds of suspected gang members and seized more than 50 illegal firearms after a major nationwide sweep to clamp down on criminal activities, the National Police Agency announced yesterday. Agency officials said that it was the fourth major joint campaign by law-enforcement agencies to crack down on organized crime as well as deter violence and vote-buying ahead of the Nov. 26 local elections. Forty-five major criminal figures were among 269 people arrested on suspicion of engaging in criminal activities, with authorities seizing 52 illegal firearms, ammunition and NT$4.23 million (US$131,415) in cash during raids, Criminal Investigation Bureau Commissioner
NO ‘SAFE SPACE’: Bob Chan, who was pulled into the consulate’s grounds during a protest, said Taiwan will hopefully never have its freedom curtailed by China Taiwanese could be targeted by Chinese aggression anywhere in the world and subjected to violence, a Hong Konger who is at the center of a diplomatic row between the UK and China, said on Wednesday. Bob Chan, who was on Sunday last week pulled into the grounds of the Chinese consulate in Manchester, England, and beaten by staff during a protest against the Chinese government, said Taiwanese should keep fighting to maintain the nation’s freedom in the face of China’s coercion. He and about 40 other democracy advocates were staging a demonstration outside the consulate when he was pulled inside the gates


Shop Sephari