Yuan Goang-ming Holds Debut UK Exhibition at the Hayward Gallery

Taiwanese art was illuminated in the UK yesterday, as the debut UK exhibition by pioneering digital artist Yuan Goang-ming enjoyed its opening day. 

The specially curated exhibition entitled TOMORROWLAND is made up of three unique video installations, and uses everyday imagery to address what he refers to as the ‘perplexing state of the world today’, touching on a range of topics including surveillance, nuclear power, and the sense of estranged normality that looms over everyday existence in the shadow of various potential crises.

As part of the opening night celebration, the director of the Hayward Gallery Ralph Rugoff invited Yuan Goang-ming to discuss his works, his legacy, and his hopes for his work in the future. Rugoff said that Yuan Goang-ming is a pioneer in video art in Taiwan. His works combine symbolic metaphors and new media technologies to present a sense of uneasiness and beauty, and demonstrate contemporary life and human existence. Rugoff mentioned that under the support of Taiwan's Ministry of Culture Department in the UK and the Taipei Representative Office, Yuan Goang-ming’s video work was finally able to be presented to the British audience.

Taiwanese Representative Mr David Lin was also in attendance, and praised Yuan Goang-ming for not only allowing international audiences to understand the diversity of Taiwan’s contemporary art scene, but also highlighted the event as a stepping stone for further cooperation between the UK and Taiwanese art worlds.

TOMORROWLAND is free for members of the public to enter, and will be displayed at the Hayward Gallery until August 6.