As the pandemic heats up once again in 2021 Taiwan, the performing arts industry has taken the brunt of the impact. How to stay the path, and forge a new one, is a challenge that all performing arts workers must bear.
This year's Kuandu Arts Festival has kept its light aflame in adversity, allowing the light of art to shine into society, charging forward as always, even if against the current. As Dean Ho Hsiao-mei of the TNUA School of Dance proposed this item, we invited alumnus Dr. Tsai Tsun-hung of Shih Chien University’s Department of Media and Broadcast Design to execute the production. Taking TNUA as its stage, the work attempts to present the new life of integrated art through the collision of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology, stimulating infinite imaginations of ""art x technology.” By this, we hope to extend the lifespan of art's fire and light, exploring the brave new tomorrow of performing arts as we accompany the masses out of the theatre.
In 1991, a folk parade, celebrating the National Institute of the Arts’ (now TNUA) campus move, marched with pomp and circumstance from the old campus in Luzhou towards Guandu. Aside from carrying on Taiwan’s vivacious, grassroots temple ritual and culture, numerous art works were featured in the procession. Among those, what garnered the most attention were the large puppets that drew great attention and were deeply interesting. The inspirations of the prototypes came from some of the most representative figures then at the school, including Founding President Pao You-yu, as well as illustrious teachers Ma Shui-lung, Chiu Kun-liang, Wang Chi-mei, Lin Hwai-min, Lai Sheng-chuan, Lai Chi-man and Yao Yi-wei. These puppets, known as “The Eight Immortals of the School of Art”, not only led pilgrims of art from various walks towards a new journey; this circumstance further signified the reverence, firm footing, growth, and responsibility of “Out of Luzhou, Into Guandu”.
Up till now, TNUA has moved into Guandu, situated in the mountains, overlooking the Guandu Plain and the City of Taipei for thirty years. For these 30 years, many have helped build up a stately campus one brick at a time. TNUA continues to extend this spirit, raising excellent art practitioners day by day.
“Resurrected Resplendence XR Virtual Interaction” will invite the audience out of the theatre, breaking free of enclosed spaces, to traverse time and space all across the campus through your smartphone. At the same time, through data such as photographs and videos, archived for many years and reconstructed, we can look back at the school’s founding back in the day, bringing forth once again the splendor of “Out of Luzhou, into Guandu”. We invite you to board this time-space express train, returning to the past glories of TNUA through augmented reality, and taking a step into the great unknown future of the performing arts!
• 國立台北科技大學 設計研究所 博士
• 國立台北藝術大學 科技藝術研究所 碩士
• 私立靜宜大學 資訊管理學系學士
Group Leader: Tsai Tsun-hung
Ph.D., Graduate Institute of Design, National Taipei University of Technology
M.A., Graduate Institute of Art and Technology, Taipei National University of the Arts
B.A., Providence University, Department of Information Management
Interactive Design, Virtual Environments, Augmented Reality, Gamification Design, Computer Animation and Applied Visual Effects"
Team Leader｜Tsai Tsun-hung
Design Team｜“Resurrected Resplendence XR Virtual Interaction” Production Team
Members｜Tsai Tsun-hung, Li Yu-yao, Chang Hsiang-hua