In the era of “virtual reality,” power assumes the form of virtual data, streaming into a massive, self-operating network. Surveillance cameras, sensors and identification systems at every possible corner constitute an IoTs. In front of “huge data,” the so-called private information becomes transparent. The virtual world of internet creates an alternative panopticon, whereas the governance technology enabled by big data evolves into the new power structure. Electronic information technology replaces physical walls and watch towers to deprive humanity the right to enjoy freedom—it has become the primary strategy to achieve social governance. The power of watching is not in the hands of the “monitor” but in those of the “monitored.” Freedom as psychological privacy cannot withstand drawn-out surveillance, up-front gaze or sideline observation; on the contrary, freedom only exists in the concealed, inner and invisible space.
Tao Ya-Lun (TW), Wu Po-Yao (TW), Lin Hung (TW)
Tao Ya-Lun, who is pioneering new media arts in Taiwan, is serving as a full-time faculty member at College of Communication of National Chengchi University. Invited to the 9th Contemporary Audio-Visual & New Media Arts Festival (MADATAC) in Madrid, Spain, and won the New Media Art Installation Award. Granted by Taiwan Fellowship Program of Asian Cultural Council to visit the United States as exchange scholar, invited to be the artist-in-residency by Headland Center of the Arts in San Francisco and sponsored by Hong Kong Arts Development Council to be the first artist-in-residency at 1a space. He took up residence at Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art that is famous for digital images and technology arts as well. Honored with the first prize of the scholarship program from Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, and was awarded outstanding alumnus of Tainan National University of the Arts.
Wu Po-Yao, born in Taipei, is a member of Generation Z, full of a girlish heart. She graduated from Hsin Hua University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in art. In art practice, the influence of digital media and technology on contemporary spirituality is her primary concern. Taking “technological trauma” as the core proposition, she explores the contradictory phenomenon that digital users rely on the media but are exhausted while using it. She devotes herself to media study and research in technology as a way of creative practice.
Lin Hung is a Master student of Digital Content & Technology in National Chengchi University. Focus on the creation and research of VR、AR and Interaction Design of Digitality. The Artist and engineer of Control Center VR. Author of HorizonMeta VR which is nominated for 2021 Taoyuan Fine Arts Exhibition. Hold the post of Project Manager and 3D Designer of THU Campus Tours Guide Service – AR Campus Guide Project from 2017 to 2018 , which won the THU Digital And Culture Creative Competition and got the sponsor from EC-SOS Program of Taiwan Ministry of Education (MOE) in 2018.