“Revelation and Imagination” presents works of various media and genres that look at media symbols and futuristic imaginations under the theme of condensation and resourcefulness. “Garden of Memes” deals with a variety of works based on new inspiration and imagination given to us in the post-Internet era. In “Land of Symbols” craftspeople symbolically expresses the records and clues of life while maintaining their unique craft techniques. A total of 14 teams of creators are participating in this part.
1. Garden of Memes
‘Garden of Memes’ introduces contemporary artists who embody their own world of work using the methodology of imitation and cloning under the theme of “memes,” the digital generation’s visual characters. A meme is easy to make, easy to share, and intuitive for anyone to recognize,
but they are somewhat meaningless. It has become a symbol of the changing world in the digital image communication era and a type of everyday conceptualism. This attitude to overthrow realistic norms and to break down the cultural and artistic classes, in fact, resembles the legacy of Dadaism and pop art in contemporary art. However, if pop art in the industrial age was a joke rld of memes. ‘Garden of Memes’ focuses on the way contemporary artists repossess images through revelation and imagination in an era with platforms where anyone can easily create images and communicate with each other. This attempt will be an opportunity to look at how the artistic language of those who freely cross the boundaries of everyday life without being bound by art forms or aesthetic rhetoric gains uniqueness in the post-Internet era, while also looking at the impact of meme politics on contemporary visual culture.
2. Land of Symbols
Records about life have been handed down in various ways. Later generations analyze the clues of records within the framework of the times, imagine the past, and add interpretations to recreate another form of life. The act of recording may be a basic instinct with a mixture of human duties and desires revealed within the cycle of creation and extinction. In “Land of symbols,” five craftspeople create hieroglyphs that resemble plants. By capturing the meaning of circulation & connection, foundation & support, balance & mediation, harmony & blooming, and inclusion & fruition, they produce characters that reveal the unique properties of materials (soil, metal, glass, fiber, paper) through their repetitive manual labor. The hand-made characters will gain new life through the next-generation’s decoding, and will deliver the meaning of regeneration and recovery.