On a train journey
By Christine Lee, Special to The China PostThe winners of the 2013 Digital Art Creation Open Competition Program (2013數位藝術創作案), Lin Tzu-chua (林子荃) and Tsai Shin-jung (蔡昕融), are presenting their works at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art (國立台灣美術館) in Taichung from now until June 16. Lin's “Swing” (晃) and Tsai's “Moving Landscape” (移動空間) recall and reflect on travel-related memories and stories of the two artists.
March 15, 2013, 1:42 pm TWN
A car window is the basic frame of Lin's work, through which he brings a journey from Taipei to Yunlin (雲林) in Southern Taiwan. Shot during the artist's university years, the exhibit gives you the opportunity to travel from town to town and discover the uniqueness of Taiwan's countryside.
“The Moving Landscape” is a 360-degree interactive video installation that simulates landscapes according to a train's motion, which can be changed at will. When the train moves fast, the surroundings are marvelously scenic; however, when it slows down, we see the factories, chimneys and other forms of pollution that are all around us and putting our lives in jeopardy.
The artist brings the issue of the environment under the spotlight. For the artist, trains are no longer simply vehicles for public transportation, but a vehicle that can also transport knowledge and bring people to a better life. ■
'Swing' (晃) & 'The Moving Landscape' (移動空間) ► From now until June 16 (Sun.) / National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (國立台灣美術館) / No. 2 Sec. 1 Wuchuan W. Rd., Taichung (台中市西區五權西路一段2號) / Free admission / (04) 2372-1195 / www.ntmofa.gov.tw