To Do proudly presents Yu'an Huang
Smartphone Party 2.0/ A collective performance and Skype projection.
The expanding cyber world has never been this physical.
✔ Smartphone user
✔ Fill your Facebook/ Line/ What's App/or any other social app account on the cards provided.
✔ Enter the party space with card taped on your left arm. Add anyone in the space and begin a conversation on your phone.
✔ Add anyone who is not in the space to the conversation.
✔ Add anyone whose social profiles are on the wall to the conversation.
✔ Feel free to put your headphones on and listen to music.
✔ Laughing, screaming or touching is okay.
✘ Do not communicate verbally.
✘ Do not feel bad if anyone deletes you online after leaving the space.
✘ Do not take the free alcohol away from the space.
✘ Guests that communicate verbally will be asked to leave the space.
Screens are replacing the eyes.
The so-called “cyber-world” has long coexisted with the physical, and is long overdue a new term.
What was once in front of the eyes is now behind the screen.
The self is expanding, into a new space, non physical.
Skype with a lover, Facetime with a friend when you feel uninspired, send a picture by whats app to your parents who live miles away. Digital modes of socialising will not replace face-to-face interactions, however forms of connection with others are expanding in a multitude of ways.
On the screen, two spaces encountered, where the virtual realm becomes proven, lived, a new form of existence.
In this project, Yu’an Huang is inviting you to create a scenario where the cyber and physical spaces co-exist/ overlap. Experience the physical space expand into the infinite dimensions of the online existence.
===== Party 2.0 features transcontinental walls =====
Smartphone Party 2.0 will be taking place simultaneously in Less Brook gallery (Taiwan) and To Do (London), each space will project the other space live on to one side of the wall.
The concept of a transcontinental reciprocal extension of a shared gallery space will allow for a much wider audience connecting from and to the Taiwanese art scene, reaching those as far as London, and Frankfurt.
Having lived 10 years in the UK, Yu-an Huang believes the equality of culture power is a consistent concern in the artist’s mind. After moving back to Taiwan in 2013, the real life investigation has naturally led to emphasis on that specific aspect in her works. In this project, the visual parallelisation of Asian and European art viewers in photo documentations, is expected to trigger the discussion on cultural imperialist phenomenon of contemporary art viewing in this work.
Photographed on Friday night by Steve Lin / Imagine31
We invite you to experience Smartphone Party 2.0 in person at To Do gallery this Friday from 6pm, followed by a closing party the following evening.
Curated by To Do (London) saintart (Frankfurt) SiOUSiOU (Taiwan)