Ilya LI &HUANG Sun-Quan: Difference Inn/Generation Tired

4 episodes in total. (Duration: 20 to 40 minutes per episode)

The world is nothing short of a difference inn where everyone appears radically different from the others–this island requires listening no more, and it becomes wanting in shared language. At this difference inn, everyone lives in differences. What count as media and art under the circumstances? Are culture and art the tools for broadcasting oneself and making one’s voice heard, or they are adopted to engage with others and encourage dialogues? Treating the artistic and social reflections as the point of departure, this lecture will discuss the keywords regarding survival and life, including space, medium, technology, and instrument.

Shih-Chieh Ilya Li

A transdisciplinary thinker and activist. Graduated from the Department of Psychology, National Taiwan University and earning his master’s degree from the Department of Ethnic Relations and Cultures, National Dong Hwa University. Treating “witnessing” as the entry point, Li’s thesis primarily addressed the drastic changes of human society ensued from the profound impacts of innovative technologies, arguing that online media make the “impossible witnessing” beyond our society possible. He introduced and reconstructed in his thesis a new “alterity”, not only discussing the awareness of contemporary citizen-users from the poetic and humanistic aspects, but also examining the possibility of the network science. He is the founding program manager of Open Source Software Foundry in Academia Sinica, and used to be the program office project manager of Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program and an executive consultant on international cooperation. He was enrolled in the doctoral program at the Institute of Sociology, National Tsing-Hua University (2007-2012). Li has devoted himself specifically to the field of digital culture development. His has been occupied with several positions, including a start-up company of social media data analysis (since 2015), the CEO of Honghua Foundation for Environmental Protection and Digital Future (since 2016), and a guest researcher at the Institute of Network Society, China Academy of Art (since 2015). As an artist, he participant in group exhibition, Towards Mysterious Realities. (2016, TKG+)

Huang Sun-Quan

Huang Sun-Quan is an artivist engaging in architecture, media, social movements, and art. He is currently an assistant professor at the Graduate Institute of Interdisciplinary Art, National Kaohsiung Normal University, and a visiting professor at the School of Intermedia Art, China Academy of Art. His research interests include architecture and urbanism, culture and media, social mobilization, and interdisciplinary arts. He was a visiting fellow at the Lingnan University, Hong Kong (2004-2005) as well as the former editor-in-chief of POTS Weekly. In 1997, he organized the first anti-gentrification movement in Taiwan under the slogan “Against City Government’s Bulldozers.” He was also active in several social and media reform movements in Taiwan and Hong Kong.