Accelerate Taiwan. Wenchi Su and Pei-Ying Lin
Funded by the Ministry of Culture for Taiwan
The winners of Accelerate Taiwan are the digital artist Pei-Ying Lin and the dancer and choreographer SU Wen-Chi.
SU Wen-Chi is a Taiwanese dancer, new media artist and choreographer. In 2005, she founded YiLab. in Taiwan, an experimental group of new media and performance artists working on integrating new technology with the performing arts, and seeking to present new performing formats. YiLab.’s philosophy is: in a work, there is not just one dominant medium, only concepts that appear similar but collide with one another; every artist involved is an independent entity who can freely put forward their viewpoint and undertake in-depth exploration of the core significance of the theme. She's interested in how human beings shift their understanding of perception through the history of technological innovation and through what remains of the physical body. She's also curious about whether the ultimate goal of new technology is aiming for a better future or for the past.
Su Wen-Chi was jointly awarded with Pei-Ying Lin the Accelerate Taiwan Award in 2015. Since her residency at the laboratory, Wen-Chi has been attracted to science. Her works Unconditional Love and Fact (2018), Infinity Minus One (2018), Anthropic Shadow (2019) and Wave∞ (2019) have been inspired by her time in Geneva. In 2020, Su Wen-Chi is currently collaborating with physicist Diego Blas to embody the principle of gravity in dance, sound and light at her residency at EMPAC / Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, SU.
Pei-Ying Lin is an artist/designer from Taiwan and currently based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Her main focus is on the combination of science and human society through artistic methods and is particularly interested in building a common discussion ground for different cultural perspective regarding elements that construct our individual perception of the world. Recently she has been focusing on manipulating the boundary of invisible/visible, living/non-living and finding ways to build tools and methods that facilitate such explorations.
She has won the Honorary Mention in Hybrid Arts Category of Ars Electronica 2015, Professional Runner Up in Speculative Concepts of Core 77 Awards 2015, BioArt and Design Award 2016, and the first group of Taiwanese artists of residence in the program of Accelerate Taiwan. Her project PSX Consultancy is a permanent collection of Museum of Architecture and Design, Slovenia.