[NetBehaviour] Opening exhibition Shu Lea Cheang - plateforme intermedia / Apo33
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Wed Apr 18 09:36:11 CEST 2012
SHU LEA CHEANG (Taiwan/Paris)
From 18th of April to 8th of May 2012
-Exhibition - Plateforme intermedia
Opening Wednesday the 18th at 6pm
Plateforme intermédia - La Fabrique - Nantes / France
Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 2pm to 6pm
The Locker Baby project recalls Ryu Murakami's noted novel Coin Locker Babies
(1980) in which twin boys were abandoned at birth in one square foot
coin locker metal box at Tokyos subway station. The boys grew up
haunted with the sound of human heart beats, those of their birth
mothers. Coin lockers are Japan's train station landmark and much
utilized by shoppers and travelers. In post-war japan, unwanted babies
(often interracial) by unwed mothers were dropped off in coin-lockers.
Fear of terrorists' explosive deposit, coin lockers have ceased to
exist at public space in most metropolitan cities. In 1995, when Tokyo
Doomsday was called for by cult Aum Shinrikyo, the coin lockers were
sealed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Force for a day. The
historical association and references derived from coin lockers
inspire the Locker Baby project.
The Locker Baby project proposes a fictional scenario set in year 2030. The
transnational DPT (DollyPolly Transgency) advances clone babies as an
industry. Genes extracted from deep sea pearls harvested off Okinawa
Island are identified as best breed. Coin lockers situated in busy
Tokyo train stations are located for underworld test tube
fertilization. Ticking seconds to oblivion in darkness, the lockers
announce the birth of the Clone Generation. Serving themselves in the
intelligent industry, the locker babies are entrusted to negotiate
human "memory" and "emotions". The Locker Baby holds the key to
unlock the networked inter-sphere of ME-motion (Memory-Emotion), a
playfield of sonic imagery triggered only by human interaction.
SHU LEAN CHEANG
Shu Lea Cheang (born in Taiwan in 1954) is a multi-media artist who
works in the fields of net-based installation,social interface and
Over the past decade, she has emerged as a prominent figure in new
media art. Cheang is one of the leading multimedia artists dealing
with multidisciplinary studies. Her work is unique in allowing viewer
interaction. She is most noted for her individual approach in the
realm of art and technology, creatively intermingling social issues
with artistic methods.
Cheang's art ranges in mediums such as film, video, net-based
installation, and interface, which explore "...ethnic stereotyping,
the nature and excesses of popular media, institutional - and
especially governmental - power, race relations, and sexual politics."
("Shu Lea Cheang") Most recently, she has moved to 35mm feature
She has been a member of the Paper Tiger Television collective since
1981. Though originally based in New York, Cheang is currently living
and working in Paris, France.
En Collaboration avec Inspace (GB) et Zero1 festival (USA)
THE NOISER & JOKILLER
"the world is noise"
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space of research and experimentation
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