MARC YUCHIEH CHAN
Marc Yuchieh Chan is a Paris base Taiwanese artist, who had worked as a film maker before turning to collective performance and event base curatorial project. Mush of his projets concentrates on condition of individual in the socio–political context, for exemple, the subject of artist in the post-fordist art world. His events build a social situation, a body experience and a context that allow things to occur. He also works as researcher at Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Esthétique & Études culturelles, with an on going thesis on Art after participation.
FRAME OF RESEARCH
Post Taiwanese Spring – The Sunflower Student Movement
The 3 weeks occupation of the parliament by protesters who fought against a free trade agreement with China has just changed the political landscape at Taiwan in spring 2014. The social media like Facebook played an essential role in this movement exactly as the so-called the revolutions 2.0 since Arabic Spring which involve a new way of communication, organization and coworking. For oversea taiwaneses like the artist, they supported and participated in this movement at distance via the internet and some even worked directly with students in the occupied parliament. And in supporting demonstrations in cities like Paris, they connected with each other in divers countries in real time, crying out loud and singing together…
Performing chaos with the flow of data
In this project, the artist invites other oversea Taiwanese artists to rethink the network as a state of mind, a way of working and thinking together and to produce an exhibition purely via internet without meeting physically or sending any material artwork. The making of the project is in itself a process of building a network of artists from a small asian island but all living in mayor western cities with an important art scene. But why do they all gather in cities like London, New York or Berlin?
Here, the network is equally important as a social concept as a technical one. The revolution 2.0 brings us to the questioning of direct participation of the people and the direct democracy with a populist potential. Can the network really help realize utopian scenario and alternative system that actually function? Can the collective immaterial producer in this new paradigm make a difference with the network? Or it’s just another protocol of working together with a decentralized and fluid structure?