02. Artists

Yuan Goang-Ming

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b. 1965 in Taipei (Taiwan), where he lives and works

A video art pioneer in Taiwan, Goang-Ming Yuan tampers with images in a way that reflects the changing nature of human experience in a technology-saturated world. With his blends of metaphors and new media he sets up encounters between contemporary reality and the powers of the mind.

His photographic and video work has been shown at MOMA Contemporary (Fukuoka), the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the Hermitage Museum (St Petersburg), the Power Station of Art (Shanghai) and the Venice Biennale.

With the support of Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Le Centre Culturel de Taiwan à Paris

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The image of the Biennale
For the poster of the 13th Biennale de Lyon, titled La vie moderne, Ralph Rugoff has chosen the image Landscape of energy_stillness taken from Yuan Goang-Ming’s artwork Landscape of energy, on show at La Sucrière. A “double signal” image that highlights the contradictory nature of modern life, as seen by the exhibition.

 


Works


La vie moderne

Before Memory, 2011

Filmed with four cameras placed crosswise and projected onto four screens surrounding the spectator, Yuan Goang-Ming’s installation Before Memory alternates close-ups and wide shots, aerial views and underwater sequences, thanks to editing that is subtle and formidably precise. A video art pioneer, Yuan Goang-Ming tampers with images in a way that reflects the often tragic inconstancy of human experience in a technologysaturated world. In this work, the artist has used an abandoned residential apartment block in Taipei to express the striking contrast between the new buildings being built in the city and the desolation of the abandoned ruins of a copper mine – a sombre reminder of the colonisation of Taiwan by the Japanese during the first half of the 20th century. Punctuated by flashes of light and brief moments of total darkness, Yuan Goang-Ming’s work combines what he calls “imagined memories” with a sensorial exploration that seeks to create a “temporal link between the past and present”.

Collection of Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan

Venues : Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)

Getting there

La vie moderne

Landscape of energy, 2014

Landscape of energy was conceived after the earthquake off the north-east coast of Japan on 11 March 2011, which led to the virtual destruction of the Fukushima nuclear power station. The work, which was filmed from drones, takes viewers on a journey around Taiwan. The camera moves from abandoned residential properties in Taichung to an elementary school on Orchid Island; it then pans along the South Bay seaside resort that neighbours a nuclear power plant. A pregnant atmosphere of crisis hovers over the entire work. In shot after shot, the spectator is haunted by a persistent feeling of anxiety, like a sombre prediction of what could happen to our environment if we do not change anything in the world we live in. 

Courtesy of TKG+ and Yuan Goang-Ming

Venues : La Sucrière

Getting there



Gallery
Yuan Goang-Ming 7 photos
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Yuan Goang-Ming
Before Memory - 2011
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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Yuan Goang-Ming
Before Memory - 2011
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Yuan Goang-Ming
Before Memory - 2011
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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Yuan Goang-Ming
Landscape of energy - 2014
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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Yuan Goang-Ming
Landscape of energy - 2014
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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Yuan Goang-Ming
Landscape of energy - 2014
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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Yuan Goang-Ming
Landscape of energy - 2014
La vie moderne | La Sucrière