Art, Design, Culture
by Art & Collection Group (Taiwan)
260 pp, full colour,
Distributed in Australia by Manic Exposure
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.
"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."
Experimental Art Foundation
and Chuang,Yuan-Hsun at book launch