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[liberationtech] [Mar 8] The Use and Abuse of Technology in the Arts - NYC

Mark Gould mark.e.gould at
Wed Feb 22 10:34:15 PST 2012

The Use and Abuse of Technology in the Arts

Artist: Chin Chih Yang
Thurs, March 8th, 7pm
*Harvestworks - **<>
596 Broadway, #602 | New York, NY 10012 | Phone: 212-431-1130
Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R Prince, 6 Bleeker New York Foundation
for the Art  - Artists & Audiences Exchange

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"Too often, it seems, artists use technology in a way that makes works
mute, indifferent to human communication. In contrast with this kind of
art, my work instances how technology can be used to further interactive
communication, while at the same time indicating the potentials dangers
(such as alienation) specific to mediated communication. I will discuss
several of my projects to broach how artists use technology to present
their art works: both positive and negative examples. The talk will
emphasize how some artists let technology overshadow their art, and also
pose an alternative to this form of practice, showing how technology can be
an essential tool when subordinated to aesthetic concerns.

I will talk about projects that involve emerging technology, such as roving
handheld video projectors. Such technology realizes a certain type of
aesthetic presentation which can be used to comment on the nature of
technology itself relative to the human role of art-making. I'm also
looking for more people to work with me on my project called "The Control
of Fear." So, perhaps my presentation will include mention of this project
as well (which uses a variety of mew media), in the hopes of drawing the
interest of people who might want to work with me."

Chin Chih Yang — Bio

Multidisciplinary artist Chin Chih Yang was born in Taiwan, and has resided
for many years in New York City. Where he studied at Pratt Institute and
Parsons School of Design. Among other honors, he has been a recipient of
the Urban Artist Initiative Fellowship, a fellowship from the New York
Foundation for the Arts, a fellowship from the Franklin Furnace, and a
fellowship from the New York State Council for the Arts, and the Lower
Manhattan Cultural Council has granted him a Swing Space residency at
Governors Island, to name only a few.

His work uniquely incorporates the actual rhythms and discords of human
society, exhibiting them in terms of the waste materials wantonly discarded
by industrialized production. Finding the modern world both disturbing and
entrancing, he aims in his work to capture the complex state of anxiety and
compulsive-fascination specific to the contemplation of contemporary social
problems. His performances often dramatize the divided quality of the self,
and he use video projections to create a discordant ambience specific to
the themes of his performances.

An experienced multidisciplinary artist, his interests in ecology and
constructed environments have resulted in interactive performances and
installations that have been exhibited nationally and internationally; in
the United States, Poland, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong, he has
exhibited/performed in such spaces as: the Rockefeller Center, the United
Nations, the Union Square Park, the Chelsea Museum, Queens Museum, the
Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Exit Art, and Flux Factory and Taipei Art Fair, to
name only a few.
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