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Signal Z

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Post date:2023-08-16



Signal Z
Event Time
Tue. - Sun. 10:00 - 18:00
Event Location
No.39 Chang-An West Road., Datong Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
This is an exhibition comprising concatenated contemporary life experiences and explored through spectacles.

Since the mid-20th century, following the advancement of technology and the change of economic environment, we have moved from being an analog society symbolizing the physical/real to a digital world signifying the virtual/surreal. Modernity has been replaced by post-modernity rapidly. In the pursuit of mobility and speed, technical expansion has catalyzed drastic changes in the environment. Globalization, neoliberalism, and digital revolution are constantly altering the contemporary society. Consequently, we have not only found ourselves embroiled into the surging waves of the Great Acceleration, but have also entered the “liquid modernity” described by Zygmunt Bauman.

We are thereby compelled to ask: what does flowing/liquid really mean? Does it refer to a state in which one must not stop and must keep moving? Or does it denote a lighter state further away from entrenched, fixed conventions and social systems so that individualization and anonymity can be achieved? Or does it maybe point to a comprehensively nomadic attitude towards interpersonal relation, space, and gender identity? This exhibition features Generation Z as well as spectacles found ubiquitous in the era of post-globalization. These spectacles originate from the myriads of things felt by the artists in real life—from exploring the changeability and fragmentation of image, to the body conditioned by the influence of social-formation, to landscapes vehemently altered by the changing economic environment, these are all common social culture and phenomena in the liquid era.

The exhibition begins with the spectacles created by images. Through misreading in the wake of image experiences, the interpretations of and reactions to images reveal how our way of viewing has been influenced by the Internet that entices people into fast consumption of images. Furthermore, the exhibition also addresses experiences related to fluid qualities in contemporary society by looking into the construction or delineation of spatial scenes, which range from the private to the public ones and involve both the physical to the virtual—they might be shifting sites of desire, changing boundaries between the private and public spheres, compiling iterations of online information, alternating soundscapes in the virtual and real worlds, the body confined by the fictious cycle of time, the body that longs to be conditioned by information, the dissipation of all things substantial and the landscapes constituted by them, or the metabolic urban renewal resulting from reorganizing politico-economic strategies.

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