Hung Yu Hao born in 1989, Taipei, he holds an MFA degree in the New Media Art Institute of National Taiwan University of Arts. The theme of his artworks focuses on virtuality and reality in new media context. Basing his works on long-term observation of urbanscape which are represented in geographical images and the gazing experience of social cognition and mobility at plebeian spaces.
By using aerial filming, 3D scanning and virtual reality to create his works with an attempt to understand individual’s awareness of time and explore the varying sense of “place spirit” by local communities.
2022 “Joy in Pain” / Apartment der Kunst/AoA, Munich Germany
2020 ”Town excerpt” / Soulangh Cultural Park, Tainan, Taiwan
2018 ”On Fluid Street” / National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
2020 ”ART TAIPEI” / Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1, Taipei, Taiwan
2020 ”Nuit Blanche Taipei” / Nangang Station, Taipei, Taiwan
2020 ”Perforated City” / MOCA Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
2019 ”#RTS: ReTranSens-The 14th Digital Art Festival Taipei” / MOCA Taipei, Taiwan
2018 Virtual Garden 6. Mediations Biennale” / Poznan, Poland
2020 ”Lumen Prize” Shortlist
2019 ”Kaohsiung Awards” Merit Award
2018 ”National Art Exhibition, ROC” Gold Medal Award
2019 ”Ministry Of Culture Art Bank” Collection
2018 ”Yo-Chang Art Museum” Collection
2017 ”Ministry Of Culture Art Bank” Collection
In the exhibition "Joy in Pain", the Taiwanese artist Hung Yu-Hao takes up the Moriscan dancers that can be seen in the original in the Munich City Museum. The ambition of their creator Erasmus Grasser was to represent the entire medieval population spectrum with the 16 different figures around 1480.
Not much is known about the history of the Moriscos and their dance, as their existence and appearance is only documented by a few existing visual sources. What is known is that the so-called Morisco dance circulated throughout Europe during the Middle Ages, embodying different manifestations and cultural contexts in different periods and regions.
Its origins can be traced back to the time of the Reconquista, the reconquest of Spain from Arab occupation and the accompanying re-Christianization. The remaining inhabitants of Arab origin were called Morisco (Moors).
The classification of the dance as a sword or battle dance probably stems from this time. Thus, at least a non-conformist basic idea can be assigned to the dance, which grows out of thoughts and feelings of resistance. Whether it is traced back to the struggle between Muslims and Christians, or in later centuries it was a metaphor used by jugglers who roamed Europe to address the hard life and the discrepancy between the nobility and the common people. There are legends that claim that Morisco dancers were hired during plague epidemics to restore some amusement, courage and support to the people in dark times through their eccentric dances.
Hung Yu-Hao takes up these thoughts in his work "Joy in Pain", in order to capture a thought of hope and joy in life in the now already two-year old pandemic, with the help of the imagined dance.
The work focuses on the frozen physical movements of the Munich Moriscan dancers created by Erasmus Grasser, which mark historical time like keyframes. Using 3D scanning technology, Hung has used images of the dancers and attempted to analyse and reconstruct their movements. Using video superimpositions on photographs, 6 of the remaining statues are brought out of their centuries-long rigidity and translated into a dynamism that illustrates the resurgence of vitality and joy even in the present day.
Hung Yu-Hao is currently a guest at Villa Waldberta in Feldafing as a scholarship holder of our joint exchange program with the Cultural Department of Munich, the Taipei Artist Village and the Goethe Institute Taipei.
洪譽豪是現在藝術家交流計劃案的獎學金得主與駐村藝術家，此計劃案是由慕尼黑文化廳，臺北藝術村，臺北歌德學院，Villa Waldberta 與 慕尼黑藝術公寓的合作計劃案。