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「一個資料庫的無限可能性,在於它能觸及到最多人!」
– 國際知名策展人Han Ulrich Obrist.

國際知名策展人Han Ulrich Obrist形容策展人是「在全球場域進行狩獵者」,過去策展人經由身體不斷移動尋找研究下一次策展的靈感和材料,現今數位資訊時代則可以透過雲端資料庫進行全球跨域的獵奇。以符合資訊時代發展脈動與回應藝術環境需求的「台灣當代藝術資料庫」(Taiwan Contemporary Art Archive, TCAA,以下簡稱智庫),以一個雲端平台成為台灣當代藝術的脈絡梳理與自我展現的最佳工具與載體,由社團法人台灣視覺藝術協會(The Association of the Visual Art in Taiwan,AVAT)自2013年7月籌畫建置,2014年2月19日正式上線啟動,2016年7月全新網站改版至今,所規劃的項目和蒐錄資料已逐漸涵蓋台灣當代藝術類型發展,並定位為免費提供公眾使用的線上整合型平台,進行雲端國際連結,向國際藝壇即時且具體地呈現台灣藝術的當代性發展,有助於學術研究發展和策展實務。

資料庫為一個長期且持續性的建置計畫,目前您所見的僅是階段性成果,將持續新增和擴充資料庫的蒐錄對象和內容,不論您是學術研究或是策展需求,都能擁有最為完整與即時更新的資訊。資料庫以普遍認知的藝術類別作為資料搜尋的索引,包含行為藝術、錄像藝術、新媒體藝術、裝置藝術、攝影藝術、繪畫和雕塑,甚至策展人與藝評家,再透過關鍵字串聯和勾勒出藝術家、作品、展覽、事件等所論述的議題。資料庫系統性蒐錄1980年代之後台灣當代藝術環境發展,每個類別的蒐集項目包含藝術家、重要事件、展覽和團體機構等;資料內容包含藝術家簡介、展演經歷、創作/策展理念、作品資料、相關評論等;資料類型包含文字、圖片、影音檔案或手稿文件等,進行數位化與系統化的整理。我們的建置團隊集結了視覺藝術圈中專業且熱情的策展人、藝術家、藝評家、學者和研究生,視每年不同的任務目標,有機地組成和新增成員,以半義務性質共同創建這個服務性的資料平台。

2016年,我們開始積極邁向國際推廣與串連的步伐,舉辦「2016第一屆藝術資料庫國際研討會」,邀請歐美、東南亞及台灣,政府與民間、巨型與獨立藝術資料庫策展人、實踐者、研究者對話、思辨,借鑑當前國際資料庫、大數據研究的新趨勢及新觀念。

今年,「台灣當代藝術資料庫」為推動對雲端藝術資料庫的應用,鼓勵對當代藝術策展具獨特想像的策展人,透過對藝術資料庫檔案的重新思考與運用,進一步從線上展覽的平台上生成新的策展可能性,我們藉由「台灣當代藝術資料庫2017線上策展徵件計畫」對外徵求全新策展提案,期望經由線上平台的介面形式,促進策展人與新媒體技術人員或網站工程人員之交流與合作,拓展藝術對話與交流。

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A database provides all kinds of possibilities because it is accessible to the largest population.” – the world-famous curator Han Ulrich Obrist.

World known art curator Han Ulrich Obrist describes curators as hunters in the fields all over the world. In the past, art curators had to travel extensively for their pursuits of ideas and materials, nowadays they can hunt through cloud database accessible from all over the world. In response to the trend of art and the needs of art creators, The Association of the Visual Art in Taiwan (AVAT) established a cloud database Taiwan Contemporary Art Archive (TCAA). The preparation of TCAA began in July 2013, launched in Feb 19, 2014, and in July, 2016, brand new website update. TCAA is a free online platform for the public with sections covering the growing genres of Taiwan’s contemporary art. It is an integral database connecting local artists to the international art society as well as the academic world. From researchers to curators, any user of TCAA will be informed with the development of Taiwan’s contemporary art. The Archive is a lasting long-term project, it kicked off when the objectives of the early phase has achieved and will continue to expand its content. Users are provided with the most comprehensive and updated materials for their academic or curatorial work. The Index of the database is in accordance with the commonly accepted art categories. They are: Performance Art, Video Art, New Media Art, Installation Art, Photographic Art, Painting Art, Sculptural Art, and Curators/Art Critics. The keywords of each section help outline and connect artists, their works and exhibitions, art events, art discourse among other issues. The information gathered here dates back to the 1980s, documenting the recent development and the conditions of contemporary Taiwanese art. Each section contains the biographies of artists, their artistic/curatorial concepts and major art activities, such as significant exhibitions. Introduction of artist groups, criticism of individual artworks as well as art exhibitions are also included. The format of the information are digitalized texts, images, video, documents or manuscripts. The crew of TACC consists of volunteered curators, artists, art critics, researchers and students from graduate schools. Each year the members reteam according to the new missions in order to construct a platform that can best serve its users.

2016, We begin our endeavor towards international promotion and networking, and held the 2016 First Art Archive International Research Conference. The speakers of ‘2016 International Art Archive Symposium’ are archivists, curators, researchers and artists from Europe, Us, and Asia. They are delegates of institutions as well as individuals from independent programs.

This year, the Taiwan Contemporary Art Archive (TCAA), in an effort to advocate the usage of a cloud archive of artists, encouraged curators with unique visions for curating contemporary art to utilize the online platform, and expand the methods and possibilities of curation through the rethinking and implementation of the artist archive. With the 2017 Taiwan Contemporary Art Archive Online Curatorial Project Call for Proposals, we sought novel curatorial proposals; we hope to facilitate collaborations and networking between curators, new media technicians, and web engineers through an online interface, and simultaneously expand the dialogue and exchange of art.

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