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Clockwork Dreams | 原形機器人
Artist: Ting-Tong Chang
Date: 17 July - 16 August, 2015
Former “Breathe” artist-in-residence Ting-Tong Chang returns to CFCCA to showcase a recent body of work investigating automata (self-moving machines) as a means to explore utopian visions. Ting Tong constructs talking automata presenting absurd dialogues exploring socio-politically loaded issues, whilst a series of drawings chart a journey through a mythical landscape.
The exhibition opens with the newly commissioned donation box So Far So Good to replace the much loved Pay-as-you-go (2012) situated by CFCCA's front desk. Every time a visitor donates a coin, Dr Fish comes to life, mimicking the automated information services of corporations with which we are all familiar. A TV nearby plays video documentation of the 2015 performance Whence Do You Know the Happiness of Fish?, during which Ting-tong constructed an indoor fish farming environment controlled digitally by the stock market fluctuations of industrial fishery corporations.
Ting-Tong was born in Taiwan and received his MFA at Goldsmiths, University of London where he currently lives and works.
Clockwork Dreams has been supported by National Culture and Arts Foundation and Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs