Minister of Culture Cheng Li-chiun met with Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) to discuss interdisciplinary collaboration at the National Culture & Technology Forum held at Huashan 1914 Creative Park on July 24.
Co-hosted by the two ministries, the forum featured dialogues on talent incubation, infrastructure construction, innovation and entrepreneurship, and public participation as the key to closer collaboration between culture and science.
Minister Cheng stressed that current Ministry of Culture projects such as the National Cultural Memories Database and the Recreation of Historical Scenes will provide more content that is enriched with “Taiwan DNA (Diversity, Nearby, Advance).” Such materials will be used to strengthen local history and education, which in turn will aid the development of the nation’s culture-driven economy.
In addition to the work carried out by private and public sectors, Minister Cheng pointed out that cultural development should be a nation-wide civic movement. The digitalization and popularization of science and technology, for example, will help promote public participation in culture and the pursuit of self-development.
As culture is the total sum of public participation, the Ministry of Science and Technology hopes to pass down unique cultural contents and elements through technological advancements, thereby better serving the public and also creating new objectives for those who work in science and technology, added Minister Chen.
The two ministers described themselves as “farmers cultivating the fields of culture and technology.” An upcoming culture-and-technology collaboration platform will help promote both fields, recruit the public sector and academics to cultivate interdisciplinary experts, strengthen infrastructure through construction, and improve the environment for innovation to encourage public participation.
Moreover, the two ministries will construct an innovative ecosystem conducive to the sustainable development of culture and science and bring the vitality and originality of the Taiwanese people to the world stage.
In the future, the culture-and-technology platform will explore cases of cultural and scientific collaboration, such as the application of technology to music concerts, performance arts, film and television, and heritage preservation. The platform will also bring together cultural and scientific talent from the public and private sector to envision more opportunities for Taiwan’s advancement.