Associate Professor, Department of Public Relations and Advertising, Shih Hsin University

Supervisor, Taipei Digital Art Foundation

Vice Chairman and Board member of Taiwan Women’s Art Association

Vice Chairman and Board member of Taiwan Information Design, Art, Technology, Education Association

Tseng Yu-Chuan obtained her PhD from the Graduate Institute of Applied Art, National Chiao Tung University. She specializes in research on innovation and theory in interactive digital art, with a PhD thesis entitled The Characteristics of Contemporary Interactive Digital Art. Tseng adopts Martin Heidegger’s (1889 – 1976) philosophy of technology, with its perspectives on objects, tools, and the essence of human nature, as her conceptual framework. She draws on Heidegger’s theories on human control as her theoretical foundation; while tracing the course of historical development to understand the origins, principles of, and discourse related to interactive digital art, and to reassess various aspects of the history of art, including art and technology, post-90s digital art in the West, and digital art in Taiwan. With this as a basis, Tseng identifies three central characteristics of interactive digital artwork that reflect Heidegger’s theories on human control. For example, interactive digital artwork comprises: programs, code, and execution; is random, automated, and is a derivative of the real thing; and contains logic, procedures, and a system.

Tseng began creating digital artwork in 1998. Starting from 2002, she adopted an interactive online format to produce interactive art. In 2003, Tseng began to ponder the status of the existence of humans in the digital age. Through a series of works, she explored this digital system – built of technology – which brings together the lifestyle, lives, and existence of the masses. In 2003, Tseng’s work was presented in a solo exhibition (“Let’s Make Art”) at the Taipei Museum of Fine Arts. This was the first ever art exhibition in Taiwan to employ instantaneous Web-based interaction. In 2007, Tseng was honored for a series of works called “Who”, receiving a special grant for “Innovation in Art and Technology” from the National Arts and Culture Foundation. Tseng’s works and articles were selected for presentation at the ACM Multimedia International Symposium, ISEA . Leonardo. In 2012, Tseng participated in the Leonardo Digital Art Initiative.

The recent group exhibition, Trans Robotics-2018 Digital Art Festival, Femi-Flow: Creating Female subjectivity in Art, Germinate, Connect, Extend-Taoyuan Female Art Exhibition. In 2012, Tseng participated the Leonardo Digital Art Initiative. In 2018, she was invited as a visiting scholar at the Beihang University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her curation themes focus on the gender studying and digital culture. In 2018, the recent curatorial projects are “Lost in the Net Dream” in National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, “Cyber-hug” Taoyuan Art & Technology Festival in Taiyuan, and “Should We Play? “ Taipei Art District Festival, 2019 “Immortal on Screen” in National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.

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