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HSU Chia-Wei


VR 14’43”|Single-channel video 9’30”

Earthcraft draws on the geology of Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, and the history of the local ceramic industry, to present the symbiosis between humans and the land. The video of this work is presented through virtual reality (VR). Filmed and produced in the game “Minecraft,” this work collaborates with a professional player community to build scenarios such as the Aichi landscape, tiles from around the world and toilets, an international airport on a man-made island, the famous local kiln, the old Imperial Hotel, the Guggenheim Museum, and so on. The film's voice-over is Miss Google, who takes us through these scenes across time and space in her role as a game guide. This work combines the craft of the earth and digital technology to depict a geological and technological history through a world on the digital cloud.

HSU Chia-Wei

Born in Taichung, Taiwan in 1983, Hsu graduated from Le Fresnoy National Studio for Contemporary Arts in France in 2016

and currently lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan. His work as an artist, filmmaker and curator merges the languages of film and contemporary art and unearths the complex mechanisms behind the production of images. In his art practice, Hsu places a special emphasis on the agency behind his film creation, and through establishing events outside the frame, he weaves together connections among humans, materials and places that have been overlooked or omitted in conventional historical narratives.

The 15th Taishin Arts Award - Annual Grand Prize|Huai Mo Village

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