K11 is pleased to announce the opening of the Taiwanese digital art exhibition “Tremble, Movement, Perception”, showcasing new media artworks from 10 Taiwanese artists and art collectives from 1 December 2012 through 6 January 2013. For Hong Kongers, Taiwan is often viewed through a series of symbols extending from a tourist gaze: pineapple cake, Shilin night market, the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101 and the like. Apart from these cultural signs, Taiwan is also celebrated for its industries of computer hardware and information technology. Despite this, digital art in Taiwan--although closely linked to the culture and technology--remains obscure to most Hong Kong people. It is for this reason that K11 will present this exhibition: to bring the avant-garde aspects of Taiwan digital culture to Hong Kong.
“Tremble, Movement, Perception” attempts to examine the relationship between technology and human perception. Chiu Chih-Yung, the curator of the exhibition, points to the curatorial concepts manifested by the three actions of the exhibition title: tremble refers to the “vibration and shaking directed by a certain perceptual mood”, while movement is “a non-static emotional response created by our own bodies or external forces”, and perception stands for an “emotional reaction, self-perception, or thoughts initiated by external stimulation”. Behind the notion of immediate mental and physical response to external impetus, there is something more serious: when technology is separated from its function, how does it develop its sensory and emotional influence over humans?
“Tremble, Movement, Perception” suspends the use-value of technology, allowing a detachment from its pervasiveness and engaging in profound contemplation of its value and ontological stance. The exhibition not only presents outstanding digital artworks in a single space, but also extends through a series of related events providing a face-to-face dialogue between the artists and the audience: sound artist Yao Chung-Han will share a live performance at K11 on the opening day of the exhibition, and curator Chiu Chih-Yung will participate in panel discussions and talks with the artists. Visit the exhibition at K11 to appreciate the philosophical and artistic thoughts on art, media, and technology by these artists.