Jun-Jieh Wang is currently Director of the Center for Art and Technology at Taipei National University of the Arts, Distinguished Professor of TNUA, as well as Professor of the Department of New Media Art, TNUA.
In 1996, Wang graduated from the HdK Art Academy in Berlin, completing a master class, the highest qualification to be obtained. He is one of Taiwan’s few noted media artists as well as an independent curator. He received the Hsiung-Shih New Artists Award in 1984. In the same year, he started working with video, and became one of the pioneers of new media art in Taiwan.
In the years from 1984 and 1989 in Taiwan, in additional to writing film, theatre and culture criticisms in the major newspapers, Jun-Jieh Wang also collaborated with famous groups such as Notes Theater, U-Theatre, Rive-Gauche and Environmental Desolation Theater Group, and provided artistic direction for works including Earthquake, October and Dr. Faustus. Before leaving to study in Germany in 1989, he co-produced the video How History was Wounded with Shu Lea Cheang from the famous media critic group Paper Tiger TV in New York. The work examines the political stance of Taiwanese media in the coverage of the June 4 Tiananmen Square incident. Distributed by the Green Team in Taiwan, the video was later screened at the American Film Institute Video Festival and the Montreal Film Festival. In 1991, at the invitation of the Hong Kong avant-garde theatre group Zuni Icosahedron, Wang and German artist Klaus Weber jointly created installation works for The Revolutionary Opera, a programme of the Hong Kong Theatre Festival, which were exhibited at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
In 1995, Wang received the Berlin Television Tower Award for his video installation Little Mutton Dumpling for the Thirteenth Day. In a review, Der Tagesspiegel wrote: "The Taiwanese multi-media artist Jun-Jieh Wang wishes….to expose the madness of advertising through irony, exaggerations and improbabilities…The commercial clip aesthetics demonstrates Far Eastern precision." In 2000, Jun-Jieh Wang was selected by the prestigious Japanese art magazine "Bijutsu Techo" as one of "100 notable artists". In 2002, Wang was commissioned by the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum to create the public video installation Twin Cities. In the same year, he was the subject of a 30-minute NHK documentary "Asian Who's Who", which was aired on NHK's global channel. In 2009, he received the one million NTD Taishin Arts Award in the visual art category for his video installation David’s Paradise.
Jun-Jieh Wang has been active on the international contemporary art arena from an early stage. Invitations to major international exhibitions came from, among others, the American Film Institute Video Festival (1989), the Gwangju Biennale (1995, 2002), the 47th Venice Biennale (1997), the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale (1997), "Cities on the Move" at the Vienna Secession (1997), "Taipei Biennial: Site of Desire" (1998), the First Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (1999), the 3rd Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (1999), "The Sky is the Limit: 2000 Taipei Biennial" (2000) and "Promenade in Asia: Cute" (Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, 2002).
In recent years, Wang has also worked as an independent curator. In 2004, he curated "Navigator: Digital Art in the Making", the first exhibition to introduce digital art to Taiwan on a large scale. Encompassing the classic works of digital art since the 1990s, it stimulated the discussion on technological art in Taiwan. His main work as curator and exhibition designer includes: "Faces of the Time" (National Palace Museum, 2002), "The Post-Stone Age" (Art Taipei 2005), "Vivienne Westwood" (Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2005), "B!AS: International Sound Art Exhibition" (Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2005) , "2006 Taipei Biennial: Dirty Yoga" (Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2006) , "The Grand Illusion – International New Media Arts Festival" (Culture Gallery at National Concert Hall, 2009), "The 4th Taipei Digital Art Festival" (MOCA Taipei, 2009) , Quanta Tech Art and Performance Festival (2010), "Videonale: Dialogue in Contemporary Video Art" (National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2011), "Transjourney: 2012 Future Media Festival" (Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, TNUA, 2012), "Destroy Design: Modern Living" (Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2012) etc.
Wang’s work in interdisciplinary theatre and design in recent years includes: serving as Staging Visual Director for the Taiwan premiere of Wagner’s complete opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen in collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra, ROC in 2006; as Multimedia and Visual Director for the musical Turn Left, Turn Right based on Jimmy’s picture book in 2008, the closing performance of the Taipei Arts Festival (Taipei Arena); as Stage and Visual Designer for Mackay – The Black Bearded Bible Man (National Theater, 2009), Taiwan’s first original opera sung in Taiwanese dialect; co-directing the technological media theatre work L'Après-midi de la Gravité with Wang Chia-Ming in 2010.
Jun-Jieh Wang is currently a board member of the Digital Art Foundation, a member of the advisory board and review committee of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and Taipei Fine Arts Museum, a member of the Art Committee of the Ministry of Education, and a member of the arts grant review panel of the Cultural Affairs Department, Taipei City Government and New Taipei City Government.
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