嘉義國際藝術紀錄影展一直定位為藝術紀錄影展，英文名稱爲 Chiayi International Art Doc Film Festival，簡稱CIADFF。在影展舉辦過程中總是廣納與藝文相關之所有紀錄片、類紀錄之實驗片，舉凡視覺藝術、表演藝術、文學、建築、民俗技藝、設計、城市美學、社區及各類相關延伸 之文化命題與教育等內容。
Since the founding of the city, Chiayi has been taken deep root in art and culture. Chiayi City is devoted in the development of all kinds of art and humanities activities, which fill the city with cultural energy and populate it with artistic talents. It never fails to live up to the name “City of Paintings” as dubbed during the Japanese occupation period. The annual Chiayi City International Band Festival has even put the city in the international music scene. Moreover, the scope of Chiayi City International Art Doc Festival this year has achieved its most well-established level.
Since 2014 Chiayi City has been holding documentary art festival, which is the first of its kind in Asia. By combining the elements of capital of painting and music two elements native to the city and extending on the idea of “Image”, Chiayi demonstrates itself as a cultural city with Chiayi City International Art Doc Festival. With art documentary art films at its core it opens the artistic international horizon of Chiayi City and ushers in the new page of its art.
Upholding the spirit of facilitating conversations between the public and art practitioners and also to elevate international exchange, “Lost Pieces of Me”, the 5th Chiayi City International Art Doc Festival breaks new grounds in art and culture. Art documentary charges Chiayi City with rich artistic energy and allows the public to experience the exuberant life of art. It also bridges the city with the world, through which Chiayi speaks to the international audience.
This edition of film festival brings together outstanding local and international art documentaries. A total of 45 films are shown, of which 4 are world premieres, 12 shown the first time in Asia and 2 in Taiwan, including 15 films premiere in the film festival. This year, we have selected numerous films from galleries, museums, stream medias and television channels, and created a new classification, “premiere in the film festival”. Many international directors are invited for talks, including directors from America, the Netherlands, India, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong and Canada. It gives the public of Chiayi a chance to be in face-to-face contact with the directors and allows them to appreciate these outstanding and philosophical contents. I sincerely hope Chiayi City International Art Doc Festival would become more and more active, and further evolve itself into an unmissable platform of art documentary for art practitioners. I also hope that through this festival the world will see the rich artistic vitality of Taiwan and also the charming art and culture of Chiayi.
While the gigantic internet space invading the human life and relationship extensively, the artificial intelligence is booming on the accurate repeat and the function of big data checking, which replace the human body and mind. We are not only decrease the daily opportunity of in contact with other person, but also the time of getting along with yourself. We create the crisis in the illusion world that has never seen, which swallow the minimal value of being a human. The meaning of individual is nothing, even in an openminded and democratic society.
The decreasing of individual meaning leads to that the survival mode that human being uses their own hands and head has been replaced, which is the most serious revolution since the homo sapiens had appeared. We will be replaced by the machine we created, because a insignificant person has no stand to fight back or confront, especially the most of regular people, who don’t have strength to compete with the invading of global electronic and artificial intelligence. Those supervisors who dominate the internet are almost aware the behave of all the individuals, the person privacy has no place to hide from it. The dominators who control the artificial intelligence machine are no longer compare with each other for intelligence of human, but for the accurate control of AI and comprehensively executing, it means the total robbery of life, region, and market. The position of human has disappeared, the individual is gone, the people remain nothing but the mindless consumer, it will be the doomsday of human by the time that AI being able to place the human career thoroughly.
Nowadays, the completely human individual is disintegrated by the huge superpower, it is a heavy challenge of Humanism since the era of Renaissance, but how to make human focus back on themselves, how can we regain the lost pieces of us? Through the art documentary and clips, the subject of this film festival- “Lost pieces of me” will explore the reflection of individual from the global crisis. With global pollution, cross culture, racial immigration, history review, city subculture, nature and human, Mechanical personification, even the drifting of love etc., reflect the struggle and restart of human activity which is under the globalization, as well as we look back ourselves how to face our insignificant and disturbed in this trend of big revolution.