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The installation of the law of beliefs at Creative Expo Taiwan 2021

Taiwan Creative Fair is a very important cultural event in the creative scene in Taiwan, an exhibition of new developments. The theme of the 2021 edition, which, like the edition two years ago, is curated by a Taiwanese interdisciplinary artist Lin Kun Ying, is Supermicro, or “Shujumiao” in Mandarin Chinese, meaning “Data Temple”. The main exhibition, entitled The law of beliefs, is an investigation into the transformative power of thought. As the curator explains: “ My entry point is to accept the truth that if we all believe in a concept at the same time, then we will turn it into action, and the action will create cultural progression.
The law of beliefs is divided into three spaces. Visitors entering the exhibit can scan a QR code to open a Facebook Messenger chatbot that asks them questions and uses the data from their responses to provide personalized information, enriching everyone’s exhibit experience based on their answers.
The first exhibition space has two sides, Rituals room, where faith is defined, and Belief Palace, which offers a formula for dreaming. Visitors entering the hall of rituals find themselves in front of a giant eye, a well-known symbol of data and beliefs. A performer in the lobby, like a porter, mimics rituals of everyday life, such as folding clothes, while the chatbot asks a number of questions, which the visitor can choose to answer or not.
The second exhibition space, Palace of co-creation, is about the juxtaposition of rational and emotional experiences and the process people use to decide whether or not to believe in something. In the middle of the space, visitors can choose from several chairs representing different stages of life, from infancy to old age. Four scenes around the perimeter of the space offer experimental performances on rational-emotional juxtaposition, in a sequence of around thirty minutes. When all four performances are completed, a lighting device in the center shows the weight of decisions that a person makes in their lifetime.
The third and final exhibition space, titled Palace of Lights, is a modern take on the traditional lanterns found in Taoist or Buddhist temples across Taiwan, which represent good fortune. The data collected by the Facebook Messenger chatbot during the show is analyzed to generate a QR code that visitors can scan on a stand in the middle of the space. This triggers a light beam, followed by a chain of LEDs, which leads the visitor to an offering table. This last part of the exhibition is different each time, depending on the individual responses identified. Thus, visitors actively model their experience to create an ever-evolving exhibit combining The data with creativity, in accordance with the goal of Creative Expo Taiwan.
Visual documentation was created by Daniel Cummingham with Alek Vategin and Yana Zhezhela from T-Media Productions, two of Taiwan’s top architectural photographers, to produce a video on the main exhibition (The Law of Beliefs) and photographs from the entire fair. Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, only a limited number of visitors and international residents were able to participate in Creative Expo Taiwan 2021. Based on their philosophy of realism, Alek and Yana sought to capture and to reflect the true experience of visiting the exhibition, as can be seen in their photographs and in the video:

Christian Bürklein

The Law of Beliefs, curated by Lin Kun Ying
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Dates: April 16-25, 2021
Images: Alek Vategin and Yana Zhezhela
More information: https://creativexpo.tw/fr