Contemporary art from Taiwan at Casino Luxembourg
(PFM) Casino Luxembourg's newest contemporary art exhibition, Phantom of Civilization, put together by three artists from Taiwan, will kick off on May 16.
The exhibition will present the work from Fujui Wanf, Goang-Ming Yuan and Chi-Tsung Wu.
The artists use different media such as video, sound and installations to reflect different aspects of contemporary civilization, hence the name of the exhibition.
Wang, born 1969, uses sound to explore the world we live in. He samples environmental noise, which he then materialises in his works.
With his sound installation Electromagnetic Soundscape Wang managed to collect different sounds from the city of Taipeis's everyday life. With the aluminium frames, he "saves" the sounds of the city and shapes them into electromagnetic soundscapes.
Visitors will be instructed to hold a special instrument and then walk into the electrified aluminium frames hung from the ceiling - a metaphor of city buildings - and hold the device close to the frames in order to hear the soundscapes that Wang has recorded.
Yuan, born in 1965, creates visually immersive video installations in which the reality of the image is counterbalanced by untypical camera movements that imbue his films with a fantastical, dreamlike atmosphere.
The tension in his films results from a seeming coexistence of two antagonistic worlds, as they explore interior and exterior spaces that allude to the state of society, but also to the fate of individuals moved by intimate and deep emotions.
In his film Landscape of Energy, Yuan displays grotesque and contrasting situations in Taiwan, such as a nuclear power plant right next to a public beach, a nuclear waste storage next to an elementary school or a large amusement park, that is completely abandoned.
Additionally he adds a clicking sound to the film, which embodies the noise of a radiation detection device.
The youngest artist of the trio, Wu, born in 1981, creates installations that immerse visitors in dream-like landscapes and meditative environments steeped in Chinese culture and pictorial tradition, while simultaneously confronting them with panoramic views of cities in constant evolution.
While his work also alludes to his origins and cultural heritage, it never disregards the reality of the contemporary world he lives in.
In his installation Dust, Wu uses a video camera, a projector and a tripod.
In front of a screen, the camera points in the direction of the projector's light. Its focus is on the centre of the space, sending the projector's video signal. Thus a live circulation of light and electronic signals is established.
A tripod in front of the projector blocks the light projected into the camera.
Visitors can thus see the dust in the space reflecting the projector's light. As they walk around in the space and disrupt air currents, the image of flickering dust changes rapidly and constantly.
Through the medium of video, we are thus encouraged to pay more attention to the world around us in daily life.
To see all of the artists' works for Phantom of Civilization, visit the Casino Luxembourg from May 16 to September 6 and visit casino-luxembourg.lu for more information.