The Armory week at HARVESTWORKS - The Use and Abuse of Technology in the Arts - "Building a future human(bodies)"
I want to thank you to many friends, people and online live stream video broadcasting people to join me The Armory week at HARVESTWORKS a presentation a live interactive performance call "Building a future human(bodies)" to address issue of The Use and Abuse of Technology in the Arts.
Date and Time: March 8, 2012, 7:00 PM
596 Broadway, #602, New York, NY 10012
Subway: F/D/B/M Broadway/Lafayette, R prince, 6 Bleeker
Too often, it seems, artists use technology in a way that makes works mute, indifferent to human communication. In contrast with this kind of art, my work instances how technology can be used to further interactive communication, while at the same time indicating the potentials dangers (such as alienation) specific to mediated communication. I will discuss several of my projects to broach how artists use technology to present their art works: both positive and negative examples. The talk will emphasize how some artists let technology overshadow their art, and also pose an alternative to this form of practice, showing how technology can be an essential tool when subordinated to aesthetic concerns.
I will talk about projects that involve emerging technology, such as roving handheld video projectors. Such technology realizes a certain type of aesthetic presentation which can be used to comment on the nature of technology itself relative to the human role of art-making. I'm also looking for more people to work with me on my project called "The Control of Fear." So, perhaps my presentation will include mention of this project as well (which uses a variety of mew media), in the hopes of drawing the interest of people who might want to work with me.
Harvestworks is a non-profit contemporary arts center located in New York City.
“Chin Chih Yang is a 2011 Artist Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). This presentation is co?sponsored by Artists & Audiences Exchange, a NYFA public program, funded with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).”
An interactive performance art piece that dramatizes the inhumane slaughter civilized societies inflict on the planet and themselves, Chin Chih Yang’s “Kill Me Or Change” documents in lurid detail the fate awaiting us all should we choose to ignore the pollution problem which daily eats into our ecosystem. 30,000 cans have been amassed for the performance: an amount that corresponds to the number of cans the average person consumes from infancy into his 80th year. 30,000 cans have been mounted into a net, only to be dropped on the artist’s head at the pull of a string. Significantly, Chin Chih Yang could be any one of us; and on a global scale, all of us are. By not taking positive action against the destruction of the environing earth, we hold the apocalyptic cord that sends metallic rain crashing to the planet’s surface, like bullets bearing our individual signatures. The only way to side step this disaster is through ACTION, collective, individual, daily. To not progress to a greater accord with the living earth exposes us to the danger that we may become the waste product of our waste—our histories lost to the timelessness of oblivion.
Chin Chih Yang Performance: “Kill Me or Change”
Saturday, July 28, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 2012
On July 28th and 29th, artist Chin Chih Yang will present his interactive performance art piece, “Kill Me or Change”, in front of the Queens Museum of Art. Buried by 30,000 aluminum cans that will be dropped on the artist, the project examines the effects of over-consumption in modern society in a form that is both provocative and playful.
Chin Chih Yang suspends 30,000 aluminum cans-the average number of cans one person throws away over a lifetime-contained in a mesh net which is suspended 30 feet above ground in a crane which hovers over the audience. As the finale to each performance the contents of the net will be released onto Yang’s head, in a colorful and overwhelming display of aluminum waste. By showing, quite literally, the suffocating effects of one person’s personal polluting, Yang hopes this piece will serve as a call to action for audience members to examine their habits of personal consumption.
“Kill Me or Change” will be presented at the Queens Museum of Art, located at the New York City Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Saturday, July 28 at 2pm, and again on Sunday, July 28 at 2:00pm.
More information can be found by calling 718.592.9700
About the Artist:
Multidisciplinary artist Chin Chih Yang was born in Taiwan, and has resided for many years in New York City, where he studied at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design. Among other honors, he has been a recipient of a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a fellowship from the Franklin Furnace, and a fellowship from the New York State Council for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has granted him a Swing Space residency at Governors Island.
His interests in ecology and constructed environments have resulted in interactive performances and installations that have been exhibited widely in North America, Europe, and Asia, in such spaces as Rockefeller Center, the United Nations, the Union Square Park, the Chelsea Museum, Queens Museum, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Exit Art, the Flux Factory and Taipei Art Fair, the Dumbo Art Under the Bridge Festival. Exhibitions and performances include: “America is Looking”, which was selected by the Bronx Council on the Arts. A great proponent of public art, Yang has enacted his projects in outdoor spaces, including the UN, where he infamously projected a giant Taiwanese flag onto the building, and Union Square Park, the site of his recent popular art event, “Burning Ice” and “World Peace”.
This performance/variable media art work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation; the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Additional support provided through the New York Foundation of the Arts, Crystal Foundation, Taiwanese American Arts Council, The Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in NY, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Asian Arts & Culture Center – Towson University, Passport to Taiwan, Taiwan Tzu-Chi Foundation, USA project and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Queens Museum of Art
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