Human ears are auditory organs that cannot be plugged up, allowing people to continue receiving acoustic signals even during sleep. We begin the journey of hearing from the first day of our birth, so we might easily ignore sounds in daily life. The curatorial theme for this year's Taoyuan Art x Technology Festival is "Hearing of Reasonable Cause," taking everyday life as a starting point to explore the different aspects of the sounds we take for granted that surround us every day. Sound artists present diverse sound texture with various media, showcasing their ambition to achieve interdisciplinary development of sound with imagination and creativity.
Sounds began to unfold its artistic imagination in the creation of music. In contemporary art development, artists use sounds as a medium or approach to form the multi-faced nature of contemporary art. In recent years, its vigorous growth covers composing, recording, live performances, installations, sound sculptures, and the combination of various technological media, bringing many different sound art imaginations and possibilities.
The following are some of the invited artists and their artworks. Taiwan Sound Lab creates an audiobook tailor-made for children, Peter And The Wolf, presenting a futuristic musical vision with the AR technique and immersive sound field. Wang Chung-kun, Wu Ping-sheng, Cheng I-li, and Liao Hai-ting join forces to produce Little Park of Sounds, aiming to inspire young audiences' sound experience. Composers skillfully arrange physical and electronic acoustic installation to be triggered through the audience's interaction to stimulate the imagination and prospect of today's sound and music.
Indigenous director Fangas Nayaw(Chen Yen-pin) collaborates with Serendipity Films to make A Song Within Us. This film finds inspiration from the Ami tribe's folk song Song of Tafalong and uses VR technology as a medium to produce a new type of VR indigenous musical. Taiwanese sound artist Wang Hsin-jen's Paths to the Past also takes VR technology as the medium. In this abstract 1:1 scale 3D virtual map, players can engage in different cognitive activities to activate the cognitive process. Players can move around to explore in the virtual space represented by coordinates--and these coordinates barely need analog space and sound of the reality. Another work made with VR technology is Taiwanese famous rap singer Soft Lipa's Buddha. It combines pop music with a splendid VR scene to provide a breath of fresh air into the future of musical experience.
Sound artist Wu Tsan-cheng's Multidimensional city demonstrates the ever-changing urban soundscape. Audio-visual works by Yeh Ting-hao and Wang Lien-cheng are spectacular feasts for both your eyes and ears. Chang Hsin-yu's Feeding is a work dealing with the mechanical problem of feedback. This year we also include Infinity of Sound-Light Scope Away by last year's curator Chen Yun-ju, and Breath(In)Room v.2 by Tsai Ning, the winner of Taoyuan Technology Performing Art Awards, all giving color to this year's Taoyuan Art x Technology Festival!