Saturday, 15 April 2017

NTMoFA (National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art) No Such Thing as Gravity

My work, The GHost Formula, is part of the exhibition, No Such Thing As Gravity, at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Taiwan from April 22 – June 25 2017.
No Such Thing As Gravity, exhibition poster, NTMoFA, 2017
Co-curated by Professor Mike Stubbs, director and CEO of FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool) and Dr Rob La Frenais, an international independent curator, art is used in this exhibition to explore the grey areas at the limits of science and other controversial issues, with emphasis placed on trans-disciplinary collaborations with contemporary art and science.

Tania CANDIANI, Yin-Ju CHEN, Gina CZARNECKI and John HUNT, Evelina DOMNITCH and Dmitry GELFAND, Nick LAESSING, Nahum MANTRA, Agnes MEYER-BRANDIS, Lab of Distant Relatives (Theresa Tsun-Hui TSAO, Chang-Huei GE, Mu-Ching WU), Helen PYNOR, Semiconductor, Sarah SPARKES

Sarah Sparkes 
"Walking the thin line between belief and observed data, collaborating with psychologists and paranormal investigators, created an installation The Ghost Formula to provide a neutral platform from which the visitor can investigate and interrogate the idea of the ghost. During her residency The GHost Exchange at NTMoFA, working with Taiwan based ghost researchers, psycologists, local historians and artists, Sarah will collect local Taiwan ghost stories for  GHost Portal web archive, to examine and document the cultural significance of human interaction with a spirit world"
(From NTMoFA Exhibition catalogue for 'No Such Thing As Gravity'. Read the full catalogue in Chinese and English on curator Rob La Frenais' website)

More about The GHost Formula here.

GHost Residency
Sparkes will be undertaking a residency funded by the NTMoFA, in the weeks running up to the exhibition.  During this time she will be researching ghost culture in Taiwan and presenting this information on her website the GHost Portal.  Artifacts, used in Taiwan ghost rituals, will be added to her installation in the museum.
In addition Sparkes will convene one of her GHost Hostings, bringing together artists and researchers from Taiwan to discuss the idea of ‘Ghost Exchange’
Read more about GHost Hostings 18 here

About the Exhibition
British Council is pleased to support ‘No Such Thing As Gravity’ – an exhibition showcasing arts and creative technology presented by UK’s leading media art centre – Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool and National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMoFA), the leading museum for digital arts and creativity in Taichung. Curated by Professor Mike Stubbs, artistic director of FACT and Dr. Rob La Frenais, guest curator from the UK, the exhibition attempts to explore the unknown areas and controversial issues in science through the lenses of artists and creative technologists.  Hosted at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts from April 22 to June 25, the exhibition will show to audience the trend of cross-disciplinary collaboration between contemporary art and science, responding to the questions of humanistic and philosophical perspectives in science.