The inspiration for the installations that make up the special exhibition Promise 2061 comes from new media artist KUO I-Chen’s life experiences. When he was seven years old, his father took him to Kenting in southern Taiwan to observe Halley’s Comet, and this experience triggered his fascination with the universe. The year 2061 is the next predicted appearance of Halley’s Comet. The title of this exhibition refers to his wish to reconnect with childhood memories. His installations involve lighting effects and multimedia including Promise 2061, Lose contact, Keep the Promise, A better Human Being, and Eclipses the Dreams. During this exhibition, the Tutu Gallery, made up of curved wall units unique to the National Taichung Theater, is converted into a romanticized version of the universe which integrates themes related to the physical body, memories and imagination.
New media artist KUO I-chen earned an MFA from the Taipei National University of the Arts. His works explore disappearing belongingness and the floating state of the human spirit. In 2005, his installation Invade was included in the Taiwan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, making him the youngest artist to represent Taiwan at this prestigious event. In 2016, his picture book The Universe Lost a Baby Tooth received a Golden Tripod Award. The following year, 2017, he founded STUPIN, an artist studio residency platform. Kuo’s works have been exhibited in major art museums in Singapore, Sydney, and the US, as well as at Seoul International Media Art city Biennale and Germany’s ZKM.