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Hyper-Taiwan
Art, Design, Culture

Published by Art & Collection Group (Taiwan)

260 pp, full colour, perfect bound
ISBN 986-7519-56-6
Distributed in Australia by Manic Exposure
0393841437
RRP A$55.00

Check out the review in Art AsiaPacific magazine by George Alexander.


A critical journey through postmodern Taiwan using the scooter as a rhizomatic model for navigating the hyper-real.

The author speaks with three voices: artist, tourist and academic.

Focuses on contemporary art, design and culture. Features a selection of work by young Taiwanese new media artists and designers.

 
Chapters

Culture Shock
Scooterology

Hyper-Taiwan
Digital Taiwan
Hypertopias
Cuteology
Chronoscapes
Rhizo-Taiwan
Art in The Age of Digital Reproduction
HyperArt Scans
Digital Design Futures
Yuanzhumi
Betelnut Beauty Boxes

 


"Fabulous production of this essay on Taipei: images plus three orfour different kinds of take on the experience of Taipei-the flanneur, the blitzed, the shopper, the tourist, the pin-headed & allusive intellectual-all facets of the author.

Hyper-Taiwan presents an exemplary meditation on the experience of urban spaces and de-centred cultural identity.

Artist, essayist & gonzo-theoretician, Kurt Brereton is something of a two-way conduit & permeable membrane between east &west, Asia & Australia: the book is beautiful as a photographic essay on the surprising meld of cultures happening in Taiwan and on the continuities that obtain in Taiwan despite change. Brereton proposes that Taiwan isthe first postmodern country of the 21st Century, a dynamic example of a post-media digital culture at work."

Ken Bolton
Experimental Art Foundation
Adelaide, Australia


  Kurt Brereton and Chuang,Yuan-Hsun at book launch