Yu-Chuan Tseng

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Play & Playing, Light & Shadow-2022 Taiwan International Light Festival

Play & Playing, Light & Shadow-2022 Taiwan International Light Festival

2022 台灣國際光影藝術節-光.舞弄.影

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“The Theater of Light” invites everyone to play amidst light and shadow to become “light.”
In his poem She Walks in Beauty,a British poet , Byron (George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, 1788-1824) describes the “beauty” of a woman with flowing luster. Adopting this metaphor of “light” in the poet’s verse, “Play and Playing – Light and Shadow” portrays the audience in a “theater of light” and immerses both their sensory perception and body in digitally fabricated scenarios of light and shadow. By submerging them in a brilliant world woven with light to become one with the beautiful harmony of light and shadow, the exhibition transforms the audience’s physical presence into an illuminous landscape through flowing light and shadow, producing a realm of “beauty” as they walk in ”light.”

The exhibition features artists from Taiwan, Japan, Australia and France. Upholding the spirit of interdisciplinary creation integrating art, technology and performance, the exhibition presents a “theater of light” with ten performative installations and showcases “light” in three aspects – “Light and Shadow Theater,” “Lightscape Stage” and “Light Travel Interface” – to re-define the roles of subject and object in performance and construct the audience’s exhibition viewing behavior and sensory experience in “viewing” and “interaction.” Consequently, the exhibition transforms the audience from “someone who intervenes through viewing and participating” into “the indispensable subject in the works.” Each work reveals its unique narrative context, interaction-based sensory experience, and technology application strategy. Through their procedural system, signal translation, transmission of telecommunication representation, these works guide the audience in the participatory process, in which the artists, artworks and audience all become performers of the theater, creators of it scenarios, narrators of the stories as well as representational agents of signals.

As the audience play amidst light and shadow, they create and experience the free, relaxing and natural “beauty,” like that is described in Byron’s poem, in the midst of flowing light while being immersed together in the magic created with light and shadow to become the “beauty” that walks in “light.”

Ten performative installations constitute the “theater of light” and demonstrate the changing scenarios respectively with “Light and Shadow Theater,” “Lightscape Stage” and “Light Travel Interface.” “Light and Shadow Theater” centers on performances of light and sound: Akinori GOTO, Zakahamida, Shu-Kai LIN; “Lightscape Stage” presents performances involving light as a participating agent: Atelier Sisu , Iuan-Hau CHIANG, Beyond Amazing, Legacy Lab International; “Light Travel Interface” displays works created with light: iF+, Chi-Ping CHIN & Kuan-Ying WU & Redner Studio, Hideyuki ANDO & Pure Do.

「光之劇場」,邀請每個觀眾在嬉光、舞光、弄影之間,成為「美」。
英國詩人拜倫(George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron,1788-1824)在《她走在美的光彩中》詩中,以光影流動描述女子的「美」。「光‧舞弄‧影」藉拜倫詩中「光」之隱喻,描述觀眾在展覽所形塑的「光之劇場」裡,讓知覺與身體沉浸於數位打造的光與影情境之中,進入光影交織的世界,並參與交融於光影和諧的曼妙氛圍。至此觀眾的身體將隨著光影流動,成為光中風景,成為走在「光」中之「美」的意境。

本次展覽邀請來自臺灣、日本、澳洲、法國藝術家,以藝術、科技與表演之跨域創作的精神,打造10組具表演性裝置特質的「光之劇場」,並以三種「光」的角色定義「光影劇場」、「光景舞台」與「光遊界面」,重新定義「光」在表演中主體與客體的角色,建構民眾在「觀看」與「互動」中的觀展行為與感知經驗,將觀者從「觀看與參與的介入者」轉換成為「不可缺少的作品主體」身份。每件作品都有各自獨特的敘事情境、互動感知體驗與科技應用策略,作品將透過所建構的程序系統、訊號轉譯與電訊再現的傳訊中,引導觀者參與作品演繹的過程,而創作者、作品與觀者都是劇場的表演者、情境的創造者、故事的敘述者與訊號的再現者。

觀眾在嬉光、舞光、弄影之間,成為拜倫筆下所描述那般,自由地、自在地與自然地,在光影流動中創造與經驗屬於自己的「美麗」,並一起沉浸於光影所打造的魔力舞台當中,成為走在「光」中的「美」。

此次10 組表演性裝置作品的「光之劇場」將以三種特色「光影劇場」、「光景舞台」與 「光遊界面」展現不同情境:光與音為表演主體的「光影劇場」─後藤映則、札卡哈米達、林書楷;光做為參與者展演的「光景舞台」─西蘇工作室、江元皓、莫名奇妙、人嶼;光做為參與創造的「光遊界面」─當若科技藝術、金啟平&吳冠穎&紅聲數位設計、安藤英由樹&純禾作。

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