July 9 ? August 21, 2010
Allen R. Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville
107 Schneider Hall Louisville, KY 40292-0001 Tel: (502)8524483 Web:louisville.edu
Curator : Charles Liu, an overseas Chinese / Taiwanese artist, curator and art critic
Technical art that are duplicable, such as video art and the subsequent digital art started around the 1960's during which time due to the rarity of it, one could mostly see them only at galleries or art festivals in the form of experimental works.
Video art started in Taiwan in the 1980's and advanced rapidly in the 1990's with the advent of more affordable equipment. As an island infused with information technology from all around, the up and coming artists showed a high degree of interest in expressing themselves in the new media of digital, animation and interactive arts. It became so much of a passion that it was reflected in their everyday lives prompting some to excel in these new expressions. For the exhibits of?Extreme Sensibility-Taiwanese Contemporary Video Art", 17 pieces of creations by fifteen artists are selected. Various themes explored include: space/time concepts, family, territorial issues, immigration matters, the weak vs. the strong, humanitarian concerns, individual vs. society and religion. It becomes a reflection of contemporary life, its idiosyncrasies and the passion and indifference amid the real and surreal world.
The new technological arts from photography to mechanical installations, neon light art, video art to digital art has unlimited possibilities and, at the same time, present real challenges in the preservation of such art. The two properties of art works are that they can be copy-righted and economically reproduced and preserved. They must also be able to secure their market value and formulation of production by news media. Towards this goal, future potentials must be examined and further discussion held.