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A virtual sea change in art

The Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts surveys the emergence of Taiwan’s video art over three decades in a timely and comprehensive exhibition that features 57 works by 17 artists

By David Frazier  /  Contributing reporter

One cannot however deny that video art has been part of a sea change in Taiwanese contemporary art. These pioneers have gone on to establish and teach in the media arts departments at universities, all of which were established after 2000. Others that don’t teach, like Chen Chieh-jen (陳界仁) and Tsui Kuang-yu (崔廣宇) have become some of Taiwan’s most internationally famous artists, and seeing their rarely exhibited early works in this exhibition is a treat.

Though Rewind leaves many questions unanswered, it is a timely and important survey. As a category, “video art” is even now often reclassified under more expansive labels, like “time-based art” and “digital art,” so it is ready for its chapter in the history books. But this is not to say that video art is finished yet. Only that as its legacy grows, its origins become all the more interesting.

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