Reimagine Human-Nature - Jaewook LEE

2024 / 02 / 03 Sat.

2024 / 03 / 17 Sun.

16:00 - 21:00

  • Artist

    Jaewook LEE

  • Venue

    MoCA Plaza TV Wall

  • Supervisor

    Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government

  • Organizers

    Taipei Culture Foundation

  • Annual Sponsors

    Contemporary Art Foundation
    Hui-Neng Chi Arts and Culture Foundation
    Royal Inn

  • Annual Sponsor for Appointed TV/Screen


  • Media Cooperation

    Radio Taiwan International

Exhibition Introduction

Reimagine Human-Nature is an exhibition encompassing four short videos, each exploring the interplay between humanity and the natural world through the lens of different historical eras and their respective artistic expressions, all re-envisioned within the contemporary world. This collection seeks to showcase artistic evolution and provoke thought on how our past is intertwined with environmental narratives and how these stories can be interpreted today. Each video is a standalone narrative that delves into specific historical periods while maintaining a cohesive thread that weaves the human experience with nature. The videos reinterpret these historical connections to illuminate our current ecological situation and how our artistic heritage has shaped it.

Ana Mendieta if (2023) and Ana Mendieta might (2023) serve as speculative tributes to Ana Mendieta, a Cuban-American artist celebrated for her pioneering "earth-body" art. These pieces reimagine Mendieta's work, infusing it with modern 3D technology while still echoing the vibrancy and rawness of the 1970s. Another video, Treatise on Rhythm, Color, and Birdsong (2020), offers a contemporary reinterpretation of Olivier Messiaen's groundbreaking musical compositions in the 20th century, intersecting with the fields of neuroscience and visual art to create an inter-sensory experience. Nothing But A Symphony (Music of Mourning) (2014) is a poignant performance piece set against the backdrop of South Korea's West Sea (the Yellow Sea), a site marked by historical political strife, capturing the interplay of human emotion and geopolitical narratives through the medium of art.

This exhibition acts as a beacon for dialogue and introspection, challenging viewers to reflect on our collective role within the environment as illustrated through various artistic lenses across time. It is designed to elevate public consciousness and inspire a considered response to humanity's ecological footprint. It encourages visitors to engage with past artistic representations critically and ponder how these interpretations influence our current environmental conversations and shape our interactions with the natural world. Through this artistic journey, Reimagine Human-Nature is a clarion call to view our artistic past not just as a record but as a dialogue—a conversation extending into our present and informing how we might navigate our relationship with the environment in the future.



Artists Biography

Jaewook LEE

Jaewook Lee crafts 3D/CGI animation, AR, VR, video, and installations, re-envisioning the connection between humans and nature for artistic inspiration. Lee participated in events such as the Montreal International Animation Film Festival (2023), ARKO Art & Tech Festival: Nothing Makes Itself at Arko Art Center in Seoul (2021), SACO9 Contemporary Art Festival in Chile (2020), among others. He's also been featured at venues like Santa Fe Art Institute, the Hong-Gah Museum in Taiwan, the Total Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, and the Museo Juan Manuel Blanes in Montevideo. His achievements include a feature in Sculpture Magazine (May 2017) and a presence in permanent collections at the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art and the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts. Lee earned MFAs from Carnegie Mellon University and the School of Visual Arts. Currently, Lee is an Associate Professor of New Media Art at Northern Arizona University.


Ana Mendieta if
Ana Mendieta might
Treatise on Rhythm, Color, and Birdsong
Nothing But A Symphony (Music Of Mourning)



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