The Shortcut to the Systematic Life: Superficial Life

  • Action Video/Single Channel Video
  • 10:01
  • 2002
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Extending from the series of Eighteen Copper Guardians in Shao-Lin Temple and Penetration, I transform the idea of the biological term on mimicry into systematic adaptation and measurement toward various life circumstances in this work. To change one’s outfit according to the outside environment is like a chameleon-like camouflage, and it is also the shortcut to penetrate different living circles. The work connotes the absurdity of reflection on reality, and mock on the schizophrenia caused by the changes of living environment.

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2006 "The Shortcut to the Systematic Life: City Crevice", Solo Exhibition by K.Y Tsui, Winchester Gallery, Winchester, GB

2005 "You So Crazy: Kuang-Yu Tsui’s Video Works", The Chelsea Art Museum, New York, US

2002 "The Shortcut to the Systematic Life: Superficial Circumstance", Solo Exhibition by K. Y. Tsui, IT Park Gallery & Photo Studio, Taipei, TW



2023 "Simulacra of Real Life", Hsinchu 241 Art Gallery, Hsinchu City, TW

2020 "2020 Chiayi International Art DOC Film Festival: Create your own being", Auditorium of Cultural Affairs Bureau, Chiayi, TW

2018 "CINEMA TAIPEI", A screening project of Taiwanese contemporary art videos and films, as part of the Bangkok Biennial 2018, Cho Why (Chinatown Bangkok), Bangkok, TH

2016 "Declaration / Documentation: Taipei Biennial, 1996-2014", Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, TW

2015 "Taiwan Videa: The Taiwanese Avantgarde Video Exhibition", 34th Asolo Art Film Festival, Eleonora Duse Theater in Asolo, Veneto Region, IT

2015 "Dances with the Times-40 Years of Artist and Contemporary Art in Taiwan", Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, TW

2013 "Pagyeong: Performances of Video Art", Korea Film Archive / Media Theater i-Gong, Seoul, KR

2012 "Third Show: The Urban Condition-Works from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem", Mani House, Tel Aviv, IL

2012 "Moving Image in China 1988-2011", Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, IT

2011 "Moving Image in China 1988-2011", Minsheng Gallery of Mordern Art, Shanghai, CN

2010 "Get It Louder 2010: SHARISM", Beijing Venue: Sanlitun SOHO / Shanghai Venue: 800show, CN

2011 "SAMSUNG Media Art Exhibition: Dream_WhiteNight", Daegu City Hall square, Daegu, KR

2010 "21st Century Art in the First Decade", Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, AU

2010 "Invisible Stranger", TamTam 8 Art Space, Berlin, DE

2010 "Experimenta: Utopia Now", International Biennial of Media Art, BlackBox, the Arts Centre / Federation Square in Melbourne CBD /, Melbourne, AU

2009 "The View from Elsewhere", Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, AU / Gallery of Modern Art and the Australian Cinematheque, Brisbane, AU

2009 "DIS-EASE", a new generation of video art from the Rijksakademie archives, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, ZA

2009 "Living Room 09: My Home Is Where My Heart Is", Performance, film and video in Auckland Central business district, Auckland, NZ

2008 "Haikus", Kuang-Yu Tsui video art selection from 2002 to 2006, Le FRUC, Montpellier, FR

2008 "Taipei Biennial 2008", PDP in MRT, Taipei, TW

2008 "Experimenta Playground", Performance Space at Carriageworks, Sydney, AU / The Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, AU / Western Australian Museum, Perth, AU

2008 "Eurasia. Geographic cross-overs in art", Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, IT

2008 "DIS-EASE", a new generation of video art from the Rijksakademie archives, Bank Gallery, Durban, ZA

2008 "Open Archive: 40 Years of Video Art in Germany + Chinese Video Art Archive", Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, CN

2008 "Biennial Cuvée", OK Centrum, Linz, AT

2008 "Decoder", Selected works from the 3rd Contour Biennial for Video Art (Mechelen, BE, 2007), Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, LT

2008 "Yes, No, and Other Options." Art Sheffield 08, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, GB

2008 "There is no I in team", Contemporary Chinese Artists' Work (part of the EAST'08), ISIS art center, New Castle / BFI London Southbank, London, GB

2007 "Taiwan Crossover Festival", OK Centrum, Linz, AT

2007 "Kuang-Yu Tsui Action Video 1995-2006", Lugar A Dudas, Santiago de Cali, CO

2007 "Decoder", Contour Biennial-third biennial for video art, Mechelen, BE

2007 "Experimenta Playground", BlackBox, the Arts Centre (extreme Arts plasma screen program) / Federation Square in Melbourne CBD / Australian Centre for the Moving Image, AU

2007 "Screening project from ‘Umelec’ art magazine", Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City, MX

2007 "Transpacific. An Encounter in Santiago", La Moneda Palace Cultural Center (LMPCC), Santiago, CL

2007 "National pride - the second layer", Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL

2007 "Videowall", Lazy Marie i.s.m., Stadsschouwburg in Utrecht, NL

2007 "After The News", BankART1929, Yokohama, JP

2006 "2006 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin", Centre Georges Pompidou / National Museum Jeu de Paume / French Cinematheque, Paris, FR

2006 "Open Ateliers 2006 Rijksakademie ", Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

2006 "Staring into Space", Temp d'Images Festival, Trafo Space, Budapest, HU

2006 "Screen Culture in Asia", ART (212) Contemporary Art Fair, Asia Society Museum, New York, US

2006 "Made in Asia", Program: Le Monde Bouge / The World Movies, La Nuit Blanche Festival 2006, Le Divan du Monde, Paris, FR

2006 "Strobe 06 · Festival de Video Creació", Amposta, ES

2006 "Festival Rayons Frais", Tours, FR

2006 "Projected Realities: Video Art from East Asia", ACAW (Asian Contemporary Art Week program), Asia Society & Museum / Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, US / Little Theatre Auditorium, NCPA, Mumbai, IN

2006 "Exposed: Black Box & Crystal Ball", Cross cultural contemporary media art project in public sites in London, 10 places located in Central London W1, Harrods Department store, Window, Escalator (gate10), LG i-gallery 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, London, GB

2006 "Exploding Television - Satellite of Love presents: Sex and Sadness", Curated by Jan Schuijren, In the framework of the Rotterdam International Film Festival, in collaboration with Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, NL

2006 "Sex and Sadness", Platform Garanti, Istanbul, TR

2006 "Wrong(ed) Attitude", Sparwasser, Berlin, DE/ Paris (CCTP), FR

2006 "Short Turns", Argos Gallery, Brussels, BE

2005 "CP Biennial: Urban/Culture", Bank Indonesia Museum, Djakarta, ID

2005 "The 1st Pocheon Asian Art Festival", Pocheon Ban Wol Art Hall, Pocheon, KR

2005 "Dreaming Bodies", Video Art Screening: Tokyo Vol.4, Asahi Art Square, Tokyo, JP

2005 "The Spectre of Freedom", 51.International Art Exhibition-La Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo delle Prigioni, Venice, IT

2005 "Archaeology of the Future-The Second Triennial of Chinese Art", Nanjing Red Classic Gallery, Nanjing, CN

2005 "In and Out or In-between", SOKA Gallery, Beijing, CN

2004 "Move on Asia-Animation & Single Channel Video Art Festival ", SBS Lobby, Seoul, KR

2004 "The New Identity Part.5: Taiwan Contemporary Art Exhibition", Mitsubishi-Jisho Artium, Fukuoka JP

2003 "CITY_NET ASIA", Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, KR


2003 "Taiwan Art/Film/Video Festival", Lothringer13/Laden, Munich, DE

2003 "25hrs", International Video art show, EI RAVAL SPORTS PAVILION, Barcelona, ES

2002 "C02 Taiwan Avant - garde Documenta ", American Cultural Center, Taipei, TW