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If there is a place I haven't been to 未曾來過 2020-22

Video, 5 projections, colour and sound, audio, 11 works on paper, photographs, wooden construction, metal, mirror, LED, decommissioned lenses and filters from CERN

Dimensions variable

If there is a place I haven’t been to is a multifaceted installation emerging from Yu-Chen Wang’s personal archives and materials collected from artist residencies and field research over the past decade. With a particular focus on exploring the artist’s relationship with these places and associated individuals, the documentations are recontextualised and integrated with fictional and autobiographical narratives. Her assemblage envisions landscapes of the future synthesised and remodeled from the archives and memory — where ecosystems and technosystem are inextricably intertwined.

To map the landscapes, Wang exploits drawing, text, sculpture, light, audio, and moving image to evoke a sequence of site-specific situations and spatial interventions. Surrounding sounds interspersing with multilayered imageries disseminate across the gallery space, leading visitors through the space with internal monologues, absorbing mark-making, elusive light and the play of shadows as well as reverberating beats and sporadic projections. The audiences are invited to explore “interior landscapes” at their own pace; their movement journeying through the gallery will not only shape the individual experience, but also contribute to the completion of this installation.

Sound design: Capitol K

Voiceover: Yu-Chen Wang, Helen Arney, Beth Mullen, Delphine Leroux

French Translator: Xavier Mehl

Camera: Nan Jay Wang, Yu-Chen Wang, Nick Farrimond, Marion Neumann, Chris Keenan, Bert Hunger

Archive documentation courtesy of CERN, Geneva; Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

With thanks to Kuang-Chi Hung (Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, National Taiwan University)
The work is supported by RC Culture and Arts Foundation and National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan.

The French adaptation is commissioned by National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art and Le Lieu Unique, Nantes. 


Eye of the storm (L'Œil du Cyclone)

7 Oct 2022 - 8 Jan 2023

Le Lieu Unique, Nantes



14 Nov 2020 - 24 Jan 2021

MoCA Taipei

Taiwanese Art Today
7 Oct 2022 - 8 Jan 2023
Le lieu unique, Centre for Contemporary Cultures in Nantes

The exhibition Eye of the Cyclone (“L’œil du cyclone”) explores Taiwan’s vibrant and diverse contemporary art scene, echoing the daily concerns of its population, as well as the interactions between the island and its environment.

Like the eye of a cyclone – a calm zone amidst raging elements – Taiwan occupies a major geostrategic position in the Asia-Pacific region, and is at the heart of highly sensitive global points of contention. Although its inhabitants live somewhat serenely, their awareness of political tensions, a feeling of instability, and always being on high mental alert for danger are reflected in daily life, in education, and in regularly practiced exercises to prepare for air attacks. Like this metaphor, the works in the exhibition evoke life in the middle of a storm.

This exhibition presents ordinary, everyday life where celebrations and disaster coexist, and lingers on the interactions between the individual and the collective in our globalized world. How should we react to environmental change, or to being tossed about by surrounding political storms? How are we to form an opinion in a whirlwind of information that mixes fact and fiction?

Somewhere between tradition and anticipation, these fifteen works by contemporary artists (videos, sculptures, paintings, installations, and scale models) paint a cultural portrait of Taiwan while exploring the frontiers of contemporary imagination.


Artists: Yuan Goang-Ming, Chang Li-Ren, Huang Hai-Hsin, Yao Jui-Chung, Yu-Chen Wang, Su Hui-Yu, Wang Lien-Cheng
Curators: Iris Shu-Ping Huang, Chief Curator at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
Patrick J. Gyger, General Director of Plateforme 10, Lausanne (Switzerland)
Eli Commins, Director of Le lieu unique, Nantes (France)

Exhibition trailer


Artist interviews

Exhibition documentation

Eye of the Storm trailer.jpg
Yu-Chen Wang Eye of the Storm interview Le Lieu Unique 2022
Eye of the storm  7 Oct 2022 - 8 Jan 2023  Le Lieu Unique, Nantes
Yu-Chen Wang If there is a place I haven't been to 2020
If there's a place I haven't been to, 2020, pencil on paper, 150x270cm (detail)


14 Nov 2020 - 24 Jan 2021

MoCA Taipei

Curator: Amy Cheng of TheCube Project Space
Artists: Hassan Khan (Egypt), dj sniff (Takuro Mizuta Lippit)(Japen), Hito Steyerl (Germany), Hao Ni (Taiwan), Yu-Chen Wang (Taiwan/UK), Chi-Yu Wu (Taiwan), and Chung-Han Yao (Taiwan).

The group exhibition Liquid Love invites seven artists from Taiwan and the international world. The exhibition seeks to explore how networks, algorithms, big data, and massive messages profoundly affect modern people’s life in today’s telecommunication society dominated by the flow of financial capital and advanced technologies.

The title of this exhibition is derived from the book by Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, in which he analyzed the nature of telecommunication in network society, using “liquidity” as the concept to describe the post-industrial modern world, the evolutionary new interpersonal relationship, as well as the new relationship between humanity and the world.

In the “liquid modern world”, people relish the merits and sense of speed brought by technological development. However, due to the concomitant expansion and boundary-blurring of the real and the virtual, people also needs to continuously adapt to the new situational volatility both physically and mentally.

In the age when the relationships between individuals and groups are flowing, liquefied, ephemeral and unstable, this exhibition treats the artistic creation an as an alternative way for communication between individuals by encouraging ruminations on this liquid world, envisaging the future with which we are about to confront.


Introduction to the exhibition artists and works:

Egyptian artist Hassan Khan’s work The Infinite Hip-Hop Song is an algorithmic product. Once the computer boots up, it produces an endless, non-repetitive stream of hip-hop songs. The artist derives the vocals from the pre-recorded tracks by many hip-hop singers. This automatic composing system bears more than a passing resemblance to an autopoietic “organism.”

In his work Drinking from the Spring of Liquid Love, Japanese musician/artist dj sniff (Takuro Mizuta Lippit) collected songs with the title “Liquid Love” from a large volume of online information. The length of the “collected data” amounts to about half a day. The artist remixes these songs into a “new work,” and then plays it via the reconnection of a set of repurposed sound objects like turntable, cassette player, spring, and amplifier. After layers of deconstruction and reconstruction, the source material becomes unintelligible to the visitors as “sound signals” and a new song engraved onto vinyl.

German artist Hito Steyerl’s work Liquidity Inccan be interpreted as a survival strategy for individuals in face of the unstable and uncertain future (e.g., financial and market fluctuations or economic recession) in the liquid world. Bearing the signature of Steyerl’s message-based image, the protagonist in this work is a financial analyst who has been unemployed since the global financial crisis and implied to embody Bruce Lee’s philosophy of life: “Be water.” Steyerl also created an “immersive” environment for the visitors, as if they were temporarily sitting on the seats “amidst waves” to experience this work.

Chung-Han Yao’s work Feel the Space seeks to investigate the parallel evolution of the real world and the cyberspace. The artist recorded several outdoor DJ performances in Taipei, and these recordings are played back in the exhibition venue between the same hours of a day as those of the real events. Nonetheless, the visitors can only hear the ambient sound in the exhibition venue. They must go on the Internet via their smartphones to attend the “scene of performances” if they want to listen to the music played by the artist. Their visual and auditory senses thus simultaneously overlap each other and become displaced in the real world and the cyberspace. Ergo, the visitors shuttle between two disparate worlds by means of changes in the way of listening.

Hao Ni’s work Structure Study VI is a six-channel video work. The artist firstly edited the video footages of events such as disasters, conflicts, factory machines, explosions, and running animals he collected from YouTube into three parts. Then he invited three drummers to imitate the situations that the images indicate. The artist edited these video footages in a way as if he were “composing music,” producing a symphony of impassioned, fierce images and sounds with a subtle touch of order. This work allows the visitors to feel the powerful impact of massive images in the cyberspace.

Yu-Chen Wang’s multimedia installation If there is a place I haven’t been to follows her consistent surrealist style, offering astute observations to the industrial development and scientific thoughts of all stripes in the contemporary society, and meanwhile interpreting them in a wonderfully imaginative fashion, insofar as to engage in dialogues with memories, histories, as well as different people, events and things. Wang’s painting features an ecological system composed of gorgeous creatures and machines. She ingeniously blends the files, images and sounds she collected into the multiple storylines and perspectives of this work, shaping a concatenation of autobiography-like “temporal landscapes” that engulf visitors.

Chi-Yu Wu’s work The LED Future is a black futurist sci-fi image. The artist created a world in his imagination where the natural source of light (i.e., the Sun) has completely burned out, and we have no choice but to depend on the artificial source of light (i.e., LEDs) for survival. Apart from serving as the source of light and representing images nowadays, the extensively used LEDs have become the primary terminal interface for messages and signals—LEDs replaced God-created light, becoming the fountainhead that shapes memories and consciousness. The artist utilizes such imagination to reflect on the development of human history and civilization.

More info on theCube Project Space's website. 中文版

More info on MoCA's website. 中文版

Curators' talk


Virtual tour


Artist's talk

In conversation with independent curator Hung Hai-Ming, 22 Nov 2020

MOCA Taipei

Liquid Love 2020 Amy Cheng curator's talk theCube MOCA Taipei
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