“Reality is a mere dream of Psyche.”
Born Taipei, Taiwan, 1970. Lives and works in Taipei and Shanghai.
Conventional wisdom holds that artists and scientists see the world in ways so different they are barely compatible. But whatever scientists think of art, growing numbers of artists are eager students of electronics and computing. Lin Jiun-Ting uses high-tech media to bring new life to the forms of classical Chinese art. Growing up in Taiwan and studying art in New York City reinforced his fascination with “the constant transformation and boundary-breaking of contemporary Western art” and his inclination to see Chinese traditions with fresh eyes. He first drew critical attention with Psyche Zone (2003), which rehearses the classic philosopher’s question, “Did Zhuangzi dream of a butterfly, or did the butterfly dream of Zhuangzi?” with virtual butterflies that vanish when viewers reach to touch them. Beyond the Frame (2006-09) includes LCD panels that resemble the sections of an ornamental screen. When viewers play with fallen blossoms or the strings of a zither on the attached touch-screens, music sounds and the images on the panels grow and change. Like the work’s format, the images are archetypically Chinese, showing the classic “noble plants”—plum, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum—that represent the four seasons. Lin Jiun-Ting’s high-tech take adds rich new layers to a venerable genre, and augments a perceptual experience with a physical one.