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In the cyber zone

The eighth edition of the Taipei Digital Art Festival features creations by millennials and portable art for your mobile phone

By Ho Yi  /  Staff reporter

“However, as the environment for digital art in Taiwan is less mature and healthy, young Taiwanese artists don’t have the resources and support to create works that are on the same scale as artists from other countries. Showing international and local works at the same venue will help to fill in that gap,” the professor says.

App art

To demonstrate how digital art can be transformed into everyday use, festival organizers have put together two exhibitions to shed light on the application of computer games and designed products using digital technologies such as 3D printing. A selection of award-winning works from the App Art Award, organized by the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany each year, brings attention to works of art in app format.

OscilloScoop, for example, is an application for iOS that creates hip-hop, dance and techno tracks by sliding and stretching the screen. An app for Android, Electric Sheep is a distributed system made up of 450,000 participant computers and people to render animated artificial life.

Last but not least, animation enthusiasts won’t want to miss the festival’s annual animation showcase featuring award-winning films from this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Ottawa International Animation Festival, as well as selected works by animators in Chinese-speaking regions.

For those feeling intimidated by the technologically sophisticated artworks on display, it might be a good idea to join one of the guided tours. Art professors will lead groups through the exhibition on Saturdays and Sundays at the exhibition venue, Tobacco Factory (製菸工廠), which is open from 10am to 6pm on weekdays and 10am to 8pm on weekdays.

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