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An exploratory dialogue on contemporary art discourse
Presented by YoHa (Matsuko Yokokoji & Graham Harwood) and Shu Lea Cheang
Organized by Culturemondo (Taiwan) and ATSUKOBAROUCH (Japan)

Touring the talk - 2013
March 15 - 14:00 - 17:00 TCAC/Taipei Contemporary Art Center, with Shih-Chieh "Ilya" Li
March 18 - Tainan National University of Fine Arts, with professor Gong Jow-Jiun
March 19 - 10:00 - 12:00 KaoHsiung Museum of Fine Arts, with professor Sun-quan Huang
March 21 - 19:00 - 21:00, ATSUKOBAROUCH, Tokyo, with Yukiko Shikata

Fresh from Transmediale2013 in Berlin, where YoHa (London) presented 'Evil Media Distribution Center' and Shu Lea Cheang (Paris) presented 'Composting the City | Composting the Net', the three artists invited by Culturemondo(Taiwan) and ATSUKOBAROUCH(Tokyo) give public talks on their respective works and the trajectory of their argument on contemporary art theory and practice, the processing and the processed of media and ecology. YoHa's 'Evil Media Distribution Center' is the artists' response to the recently published book 'Evil Media' (MIT, 2012) by Matthew Fuller and Andrew Goffey, Taking off from Google's 'don't be evil', 'Evil Media' addresses the gray zones of contemporary computational and networked media. YoHa's distribution center, an installation of a collection of such gray technocultural objects, takes the form of a series of stratagems to further address the complex cultural significance of current media practices. With 'Composting the City | Composting the Net', Cheang examines the parallel degenerative process of fermentation and fragmentation of our daily food scraps and shared digital commons. Presented as performance/installation, Composting the City investigates urban food waste management systems while Composting the Net sources net cultures' accumulated data. With this public dialogue, the three artists, who previously collaborated on 'Moving Forest' (2008-2012) hope to make an exchange of ideas and cultural viewpoints with Taiwan's media art practitioners and the public.

Artist duo YoHa alias Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji have lived and worked together since 1994. YoHa's graphic vision, technical tinkering, has powered several celebrated collaborations establishing an international reputation for pioneering arts projects. They co-founded the artists group Mongrel and established the Mediashed, a free-media lab in Southend-on-sea. In 2008 they joined long time collaborator, Richard Wright, to produce Tantalum Memorial, winning the transmediale.09 award. YoHa have created various projects using 'free media', 'eco-media' and 'social telephony'. Their work explores the complex relationships between power, art and media in a globalized world.

As Artist, conceptualist, filmmaker, networker, Shu Lea Cheang constructs networked installation and multi-player performance in collective mode. She drafts sci-fi narratives in her film scenario and artwork imagination. Noted for BRANDON (1998-1999), the first web art commission and collection by the Guggenheim museum in New York city, she is currently located in post-net BioNet zone with recent work UKI (2009-2012) on viral love corporate hack and Baby Work (2012) with clone baby recycling ME (memory /emotion) data. In 2013, she is releasing two new projects, seedsunderground.netand accidental-landing.mobi.