Hsin-Chien Huang is an artist whose work integrates art and technology. Huang's mother is the eminent oil painter, Lee Lan. Raised in an artistic environment, Huang was given his first computer, an Apple II, when he was in senior high school. Since that time programing languages has become his second language. In the Department of Mechanics at NTU, Huang received a solid education in science and technology. After college he went to the United States and enrolled in the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and the Illinois Institute of Technology for six years of academic training in design. Huang was awarded the first prize of "New Voices, New Vision"immediately after he earned his masters degree. He also accomplished "Puppet Motel"with media artist Laurie Anderson, which was her first interactive CD-ROM. From there Huang devoted himself to the electronic entertainment industry. He took the position of Art Director from Sega and Sony Computer Entertainment and developed interactive games on the platform of DC and PS2. Huang has also been a researcher of interactive applications in the Interval Research Cooperation, a start-up company established by Paul G. Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft.
In 2001 Huang Hsin-Chien returned to Taipei to start a career in new media art. After a decade his artwork has been exhibited in galleries, art museums and art fairs throughout the world. The art events and venues where he has exhibited include Taipei Fine Art Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Venice Biennale, Shanghai Biennale, ARS Electronica in Linz, Beijing 798 Art District, Gana Art Gellery in Seoul and International Festival of Electronic Art 404 in Argentina, among others. Huang has also been commissioned to create interactive projects for the National Palace Museum, Singer Jay Chou's Concert, Wakin Chau "Jiang Hu" Launch Ceremony, Jody Chiang's farewell Concert, Eslite Poet Festival, Taipei Pavilion in the Shanghai Expo, and Pavilion of Dreams in the Taipei Floral Expo. Huang's public artwork can be seen at Taipei's subway stations. They are: "Listening"at Huilong Station, "Our Personal Public Art"at Nankang Exhibition Hall Station and "The Moment We Meet" at the World Trade Center Station. In 2011 Huang was awarded by President Ma as the People of Taiwan's Honor. In 2012 Huang won a grant from the 8th Keep Walking Fund with his documentary "Body Book".
Huang Hsin-Chien is a full-time new media artist now. He devotes all his time to creating and teaching. Huang never ceases to explore all the possibilities of bringing better things to our world with technological art. Huang is also the director of the Digital Content Technologies Lab of the National Cheng Chi University.
Large Scale Installation
Awards & Achievements
Creator's Statement: A Technological Story Teller
I grew up in an environment of traditional art but majored in mechanical engineering in college. After college I went to graduate schools in the US to study design. In the US I earned my master degree and worked as a researcher in Silicon Valley first; then I became the art director of a computer game company on the west coast. After my return to Taiwan, I completely focused on technological art. Thanks to the wonderful turns I've taken in life, I've experienced traditional aesthetics, advanced technology, and design.
In fact, I also had experienced the entanglement of art and technology. When I was in the computer game industry, many of my colleagues were engineers retired from the US Military. They created games for kids with the same programming technology from military training. Entertained by battle-simulation games, younger generations became addicted. Like drugs, technology can be addictive. After the Columbine High School campus shooting, I realized how a mind could be undermined by such games. I began to reflect on the application of technology in entertainment. My thoughts brought me to a conclusion: I wanted to leave the computer game business and go back to Taiwan to make art. Through art I contemplate upon the relationship between products and the world, the nature of tools we apply to create, and how all these affect me personally.
Based on my own experience, I use my work as statements; I play the role of a story teller. I tell stories about how human beings and humanity have been changed by technology, and how technological art can make a difference.
Story ‧ Nest
A story is about how a story teller connects all kinds of incidents with his imagination. As French movie director Jean-Luc Godard has said, "A story should have the beginning, the content and the ending; but not necessarily in that order."
Nests are where flying beings gather, such as bird nests, bug nests, even comet nests.
The Storynest is a team led by Huang Hsin-Chien. The team creates stories, digital prints, website art, digital music and interactive installations. Applying digital technology, Storynest combines photography, narratives, music and images into their projects and represents them with unprecedented styles. The logo of Storynest consists of a comma, a period and a semicolon; they suggest that in each story, there must be blank spaces for the readers to breath.