Taiwanese artist Ban-Yuan Chang’s (b. 1991) multidisciplinary practice spans diverse art forms from participatory installations, to artefact-like sculptures and new media. The connection unifying these varied works is Chang’s enduring interest in the co-existence of man and machine, and how the body will interact with machines in a posthuman era.
The body in Chang’s works is not only based on the physical or anatomical dimension. It is an embodiment of humans, machines and society, incorporating the cultural, technological, and cybernetic aspects of modern life. Informed by Chang’s Taiwanese background and paramedic experience during his military service, his art employs the motif of the body to tackle recurring themes including the accessibility of cultural knowledge; formation of identity; man’s interdependence and symbiosis with technology; and subjectivity in the age of information. The resulting works are neither a historical prediction nor a simulation of a physician’s view on the evolution of the human body. They are explorations of the power of the body in different cultural and governmental contexts, as well as its fragility in terms of accessibility to liberty, personal choice and sharing of knowledge. Chang’s practice provides a critical view on the individual’s right over his own destiny in today’s nomadic global society.
Chang graduated from The Royal College of Art in London. His work has been presented in galleries and museums including the Future Island project at Saatchi Gallery in 2016 and Taipei Fine Art Museum in 2019, where he held his first solo museum show, The Self, Humans and Machines with their Residues in 2019. Chang was awarded the Young Taiwanese Artist Award by the Ministry of Culture in Taiwan in 2017.