Monday 07 August 2017 - 10:00 to Sunday 03 September 2017 - 18:00
Digital Art Center, Taipei

2017's 19th Annual Taipei Arts Festival has the theme 'The City and Its Future'. Artists from around the world have been invited to use drama, music, dance, and multimedia theatre to explore the topics of history, philosophy, life and ethnicity, and by doing so, manifest the power of the performing arts. We look forward to this year’s festival inspiring us to, remember the city’s past, observe its present, and imagine its future,together becoming the spirit and energy that Taipei cannot live without. Two art projects from UK are co-presented by the Festival and British Council in Taiwan. 

Positively Charged (Exhibition)

Positively Charged is an art installation using smart technologies to create a vision of a future Taipei City, exploring new ways of harvesting and circulating personal energy. Visitors to the installation will be able to play the role of a cell bursting with power, generating and transmitting energy. Without their active participation to ‘power up’ the exhibition they will not be able to fully experience the “Positively Charged” display.

In Future Cities, smart devices and materials are creating invisible layers in the city, enabling people, nature and objects to interact in new ways. New energy harvesting technologies are often based on thermoelectric generators, created from materials conducting with positive particles moving away from the heat towards cold to generate maximum voltage and minimum waste. This has the potential to enable each of us to capture and share energy in the urban environment from anything which emits heat or motion ── from our own bodies to wheels of cars or the heat of the sun. Positively Charged presents a vision of the future in which we share responsibility to be these positive particles to keep the city alive and care for the environment around it.

FutureEverything and artist Kasia Molga have worked with new sensing and energy harvesting technologies, to create poetic and thought-provoking experiences about their social and environmental impact. The installation builds an immersive narrative on a future scenario for Taipei, one of Asia’s leading innovators in urban planning and design, public transportation and smart technology. Positively Charged is inspired by the future of energy harvesting technology, how that interacts with the lives of ordinary people, and how art can contribute new ideas to technology innovation. 


FutureEverything, UK

FutureEverything is an award winning agency and festival for pioneering art and invention shaping the future. For 21 years it has been exploring the meeting point of art, technology, society and culture. Through art we can reach out and touch the future, and bring new ideas to life. FutureEverything has delivered the UK's leading digital culture festival since 1995 and is the art and design lead on CityVerve, the UK's Iot Smart City demonstrator. FutureEverything is delighted to be presenting work for the first time in Taipei in partnership with the Taipei Arts Festival. This follows the success of FutureEverything Singapore, the flagship digital culture component of Singapore’s 50th anniversary celebrations.


Artist: Kasia Molga

Kasia Molga is a Design Fusionist, Artist and Creative Technologist, working on the intersection of art, science and engineering, using imagination as unifying vehicle. She examines our perception of “nature” in the constantly growing and increasingly technologically mediated urban environments to create tangible, multisensory and visual experiences, immersive environments, installations and hybrid visual/physical interfaces, design fictions or speculative futures narratives.

She is a co-founder of design lab Electronudes ( and art collective WorldWilderLab ( She lectures, publishes and presents regularly and holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Design Studies (Central Saint Martin's College of Arts and Design).


  • Date: 7 Aug - 3 Sept (With the exception of opening day [7 August], this exhibition will be closed on Mondays)
  • Venue: Digital Art Center, Taipei ( No. 180, Fuhua Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111)
  • Opening hours: 10:00-18:00
  • Price: Free

'Positively Charged' seminar

  • Date: Tuesday, 8 August
  • Time: 13:00 - 14:00
  • Venue: Digital Art Center, Taipei ( No. 180, Fuhua Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111)
  • Price: Free
  • Pre-registeration is required. Please sign up here.


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