Films, novels, installations, interactive works – the mediums we encounter on a daily basis are ciphers that we use to read and consider the world around us; artists know this, curators know this, and we – as viewers – know this. If art and design have the power to expose and illuminate cultural and social processes, then what do responsibilities do we have when we look at and respond to a creative work? Beyond how we encounter individual pieces, what purpose do more large scale collections of work such as festivals or exhibitions serve in shaping how we view culture?
Professor at University of California, San Diego; Imagining New Eurasia Project; Introduction by Jihoi Lee, Curator – Imagining New Eurasia Project
Linz-based curator at Ars Electronica;
member of h.o(hdoto) artist collective
Curator and ACT Asian Crafts-Techs Research Lab Fellow
Feature image: Zoomed-in views, like this cross-section of a Taiwan Red Pine stem are easy to set up in a lab environment – putting cultural artifacts ‘under the microscope’ to reveal their structure is much more difficult. (photo: 石川 Shihchuan)