2022 / 08 / 13 Sat.

2022 / 10 / 23 Sun.

10:00 - 18:00

  • Curating facilitator

    Grace Cheung

  • Aritsts

    CHANG Ting-Tong
    CHANG Yung-Ta
    CHENG Hsien-Yu
    CHU Chun-Teng
    HSU Chia-Wei
    Hung-Chih PENG
    LEE Ming-Hsueh
    LIN Pei-Ying
    LIU Yu
    Royce YC HONG
    SHI Jin-Hua


With nearly 100 million transistors in our phones and billions in our computers, transistors are the crucial building blocks in nearly every electronic device we use. Through their semiconducting, they control the generation and flow of electric current, the irrefutable lifeblood of modern life, and the energy conduit of our civilization. Most alarmingly, they work without human control, and regardless of type or usage, once powered, transistors allow the free, automatic flow of energy information.

With energy-generating transistors as an analogy, this exhibition focuses on the receiving and converting of creative energies demonstrated by the artworks on view, with visible and profound landscapes of art created through the use of different living species or even abiotic data signals as carriers.

The works presented can be seen as cultural transistors that reveal multi-dimensional explorations of current human conundrums, including explorations about our origin (CHANG Yung-Ta, LIU Yu, LIN Pei-Ying); our place and collective identity in society (HSU Chia-Wei, CHU Chun-Teng); the anxiety and hilarity of our own social and technological creations (CHANG Ting-Tong, CHENG Hsien-Yu, LEE Ming-Hsueh); our unshakable beliefs (SHI Jin-Hua); our fluid hesitancy with value boundaries (Hung-Chih PENG); and our optimism towards the future (Royce YC HONG). Through the unique vision of each artist, these explorations are transformed into compelling ideas of us, our society, and our civilization.

The exhibition, Transistors, is like a colossal energy installation where a diverse range of particles congregate, and through collision, entanglement, or mutual infiltration, it breaks through the limitations of form and discipline with the use of tangible scales or intangible signals. The pioneering spirit that the exhibition seeks to convey is unbounded by any form of the norm and is capable of connecting with different disciplines and allowing them to become mutually complementary. Meanwhile, as we look towards the future, an energy hub that belongs to cultural creators with original ideas is established.

The imaginations and original creativities that this energy hub is composed of are the essential building blocks of our collective consciousness. Transcending beyond medium, classifications, and boundaries, once initiated, energy and information will flow freely and break free from the reign of human control, with the world propelled towards a future that is unknown and boundless.

Grace Cheung
Executive Director,Hong Foundation
Curating facilitator

Hong Foundation

To nurture an ecosystem of creators by fostering an environment where the power of disruptive creativity can permeate society to become nutrients for future industries.

The Hong Foundation’s five decades support to education and culture is a family legacy that is synonymous with the social cultural heritage of Taiwan.

In 1971, when Taiwan was still under martial law, HONG Chien-chuan established the Hong Foundation to advocate education and culture. Throughout the 70s, the Hong Foundation spawn the birth of literary criticism with the Shu Ping Shu Mu Review of Books and Bibliography publication; and brought on the Taiwanese folk music revival with trail-blazing vinyl compilations from its music and movie collection which was the largest of such in Taiwan then. During the exponential economic rise of Taiwan in the 80s, the Hong Foundation pioneered the integrated studies of humanities and entrepreneurship with the Culture For Business Academy. The 90s saw Minlong Forum’s extensive dissemination of humanities education and reading cultures for adults.

In 2014, Project Seek was launched to support interdisciplinary, contemporary artists through commissions and direct sponsorships, and is the Hong Foundation’s platform for cultural transmission and artistic practice. Founded with creators in mind, Project Seek aims to construct a diverse, multi-generational ecosystem through sponsorship programs of varying scales to support ongoing contemporary art. Key programs include the Question Project, an annual commission for a new work of art; the Extension Project, a sponsorship for artists with global potential; and the Canopy Project, an annual open call for artistic entries of any age, genre in any format. Project Seek also presides over the Tung Chung Prize established in 2015 by our Honorary Chairperson HONG CHIEN Ching-Hui in honor of her father, CHIEN Tung-Chung who enriched her life through literature, art and film. It is a one million NTD annual award to support an exceptional artist’s creative output for a year. From 2015 to 2017, the prize was given to outstanding writers of Mandarin literature to promote their work; and from 2018 onwards, to contemporary artists whose international perspective resonates throughout and beyond greater Mandarin cultures. The Tung Chung Prize embodies the spirit of “cultural venture capital” by supporting creators and artists at the very early concept stage of creative work.

Underpinning the Hong Foundation’s diverse and evolving patronage, there remains one central tenet of fostering the “Culture of Creation” by supporting an ecosystem of creators of their time; creators that were shifting paradigms through their work at the time.




CHANG Ting-Tong
CHENG Hsien-Yu
CHU Chun-Teng
HSU Chia-Wei
Hung-Chih PENG
LEE Ming-Hsueh
LIN Pei-Ying
SHI Jin-Hua

CHANG Ting-Tong (b. 1982) was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and he holds a BA from National Chengchi University and an MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London. CHANG works creatively with installation, painting, performance, and video, and often creates artworks that integrate elements from various disciplines of science, biology, and biodynamics, with the relationships between people, technology, and society reflected.

CHANG Yung-Ta (b. 1981) was born in Nantou. He holds a BA in Commercial Design from Ming Chuan University and an MFA in Tech Art from Taipei National University of the Arts. Chang’s work ranges from Audio-Visual, experimental sound to installations and live performances. His art practice concentrates on the easily overlooked physical phenomena and sounds in everyday life, which he represents in space through sound and visual installations.

CHENG Hsien-Yu (b. 1984) was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and he holds a BFA in theatrical design and technology from the Taipei National University of the Arts and an MFA from the Hanze University Groningen in the Netherlands. CHENG predominately works with electronic installations, software, and experimental bio-electronic devices, as he seeks to use humor to impart his artworks with signs of life or existential significance, with relationships between human behaviors, emotions, software and machines explored.

CHU Chun-Teng (b. 1982) was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and he holds a BA from the Department of Radio, Television and Film of Shih Hsin University and an MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London. CHU works across disciplines of cinema, contemporary art, and theater and creates art that explores the obstacles and survivals that an individual may face under complex social, political, and cultural structures.

HSU Chia-Wei (b. 1983) was born in Taichung, Taiwan and is currently based in Taipei, Taiwan. HSU graduated from Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains in France in 2016, and as an artist, director, and curator, his work incorporates elements of contemporary art and cinema and explores the complex production mechanism behind creative visual processes. HSU’s art practice focuses on the actionability behind image-making, and through creating incidents that extend beyond the camera, connections are made with the people, materials, and places omitted in the narratives of formal history.

Hung-Chih PENG (b. 1969) was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and he holds a BFA from National Taiwan Normal University and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He works in a diverse range of genres, including painting, video, performance, sculpture, and installation, exploring themes that deal with global conflict, identity, and spirituality and focusing on the possible multiple ways to interpret objects of art.

LEE Ming-Hsueh (b. 1978) was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and he holds a doctoral degree from Loughborough University in the UK. LEE’s art often focuses on objects found in everyday life, and he applies humorous approaches to overturn society’s habitual ways of understanding, with underlining meaning and possibilities for interpretation searched for in the context of art.

LIN Pei-Ying (b. 1986) was born in Taiwan. She holds a BS in Life Science from National Tsing Hua University and received her MA in Design Interactions from Royal College of Art, UK. She is now in the PhD Program of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences and the Department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Her art practice combines science and art to engage her audience in discourses about human languages, emotions, and their mutual influence on a socio-cultural level, through which she reflects on new possibilities on the biological and digital levels.

LIU Yu (b. 1985) was born in Taiwan. She receives her BFA in Sculpture from the National Taiwan University of Arts, and her MFA from Taipei National University of the Arts. LIU’s art practice engages in diverse art forms, including writing, documentary film, sculpture, video and spatial installation. Her work mainly involves re-arranging large numbers of field works and literature to develop her individualistic artistic language.

Royce YC HONG (b. 1969) holds an industrial design degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and a graphic design degree from the Art Center College of Design. He applies design concepts in a wide range of creative disciplines, and focusing on contemporary lifestyle and futuristic possibilities, he is active in the fields of design, technology, the Internet, architecture, and innovative research and development. As an innovator involved in activities that range from idea conception to industry management, HONG considers the symbiotic relationship between culture and industry in a multifaceted manner.

SHI Jin-Hua (b. 1964) was born in Magong, Penghu. He holds a BFA from National Taiwan Normal University and received his MFA from the University of California, Irvine, USA. SHI is known for his works created with the approaches of pen walking and other forms of measuring. His work is often concept-oriented. His physical experience of having juvenile-onset diabetes has led him to use his “body” as an instrument of performance or his subject of measuring, through which he practices his religious faith and artistic ideas steadfastly.


Maiden's Prayer-Trash Can & Rubbish Being
Black and White-Giant Panda
Second Life: Habitat
Taking Money Project
If Narratives Become the Great Flood
Studies of Interbeing-Pedigree X
Discharge What You Charged



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