Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Taipei established "MOCA Video" to extend its exhibition to public space outside the museum in order to promote the creation and appreciation of video art. In addition to accepting applications from Taiwanese and international artists and curators, the museum also curates and presents themed MOCA Video exhibitions ever so often. The exhibition venues include the large outdoor LED Wall with interactive device on the museum plaza and the R9 TV corridor in the underground street of MRT Zhongshan Station. The two venues have formed a platform for Taiwanese and international artists to publish their creative ideas, through which contemporary media art and video aesthetics are showcased. Together, they serve as an annual, non-stop visual feast from MOCA, Taipei.
Ma Chao entered the exhibition with his work The Image of Virtuality. In order to present the details of his work, the R9 TV corridor at MRT Zhongshan Station will also showcase images of his work divided in five sections and synchronously displayed on five televisions. These images are like cell slices under a microscope, allowing the public to appreciate the work up-close as these images gradually transform from abstract elements into animated forms.
Wassily Kandinsky's abstract painting, Colourful Ensemble, is the starting point of the creation of The Image of Virtuality. This work uses modern technology to represent the aesthetics of traditional painting, and explores the relationship between abstract painting and digital video through the concept of redesign. The artist hopes to create a dialogue with the master through this approach and to discover how abstract art could emit a new force of life in the digital era. In the world constructed through The Image of Virtuality, one sees how the infiniteness of life is emphasized.
The title, The Image of Virtuality, refers to the appearance of nothingness. It seems a contradictory theme to depict the appearance of nothingness since not it should not possess any. However, even nothingness might be something that is alive, which is the idea this work aims to convey. Through this attempt of a new way of thinking, it is hoped that more imagination is infused into traditional painting, providing different perspectives to understand the work so that traditional painting could convey artists' understanding and ideas while retaining its characteristics. - Ma Chao
When: 6 Feb - 6 Mar 2016 10:00-18:00
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei
The Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei is the first art institution in Taiwan dedicated exclusively to contemporary art. The museum building was originally the Jan Cheng Elementary School, established during the Japanese colonial period. In 1945, the building became the Taipei Government City Hall. After the government moved to Hsinyi District in 1994, the policy of the reuse of historical buildings prompted the old city hall to be transformed in May 2001 into the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei and Jan Cheng Junior High School. MOCA Taipei is the first museum in Taiwan to be successfully built in a historical building, and it is the only one of its kind to share the same architecture with a school.
Since its inauguration, the museum has combined its historical architecture with contemporary art, entwining yesterday’s memories with today’s culture and introducing the most innovative and avant-garde visual aesthetics, media technologies, architectural design, and fashion from Taiwan and overseas. At the same time, MOCA Taipei continuously promotes artistic education and encourages the community to regard the aesthetics of everyday life. In the future, MOCA Taipei will persevere on its mission to promote and motivate multidisciplinary creativity both locally and internationally. With rich and diverse artistic performances, the museum will vigorously introduce creativity into Taipei, art into the community, and the ever evolving technology into the new life of the historical building.