Reading Plan is an interactive artwork with 23 automatic page-turning machines. When audiences enter the exhibition room, the machines start to turn the pages automatically and read their contents in the voice of elementary school students. The machines are a metaphor for a Taiwanese classroom.
In 2016 in Taiwan there was an average of 23 students per primary school class.
“When people go to school in Taiwan, they don’t have much power to decide what they want to read and study. It is like being controlled by a huge invisible gear. The authorities’ education policy prioritizes industry value and competitiveness. The government wants to promote a money-making machine rather than self-exploration and humanistic thinking. This is a complete realization of dogmatic rules and state apparatus.” (Lien-Cheng Wang)
Thu Sept. 7-Sun Sept. 10, 2017, 10:00 AM-7:30 PM
Mon Sept. 11, 2017, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Info at Ars Electronica with Video
Lien-Cheng Wang is a new media artist, open source education collaborator and audiovisual performer, residences at Taipei, Taiwan. His artistic and research involve with interactive devices and real-time sound performance. He uses open source to create installation art piece and audio-visual real-time performance. The works are committed to seamless combination of images and sounds created by computer algorithm as well as human perception with universe and nature. He often utilizes a volume of installed approach to achieve a unique physical perception. His works have been exhibited and performed at Ars Eletronica (Austria), New Technological Art Award (Belgium), Les Journées GRAME (France), MADATAC (Spain), Digital Art Festival Taipei (Taiwan), etc.
See an interview by Josh Ryder and Barbara Scott at
ARTiculAction Art Review // Special Issue // Summer 2016
Published on Aug 23, 2015
What is Ars Electronica?
Art, technology, society. Since 1979, Ars Electronica has sought out interlinkages and congruities, causes and effects. The ideas circulating here are innovative, radical, eccentric in the best sense of that term. They influence our everyday life—our lifestyle, our way of life, every single day.
The Festival as proving ground, the Prix as competition honoring excellence, the Center as a year-‘round setting for presentation & interaction, and the Futurelab and Ars Electronica Solutions as as in-house R&D facility extend their feelers throughout the realms of science and research, art and technology. Ars Electronica’s divisions inspire one another and put futuristic visions to the test in a unique, creative feedback loop. It’s an integrated organism continuously reinventing itself.
This years theme: Artificial Intelligence – The Other I
Photocredit: Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts