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Squint

Interactive Installation
2014
Dimension variable

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Concept

I was inspired by how the sunlight bouncing around in our artificial forest.

 

“Squint” is a kinetic light installation consisting of 51 mirrors that reflect lights in a bright space. The mirrors track and reflect lights on audiences’ face with composed patterns of movements. It extends the generated perception by focusing on how lights pass across our visual senses physically, and combines with our perception of images through flickering. “Squint”, which extracts various daily experiences to an abstraction brings the audience to expand their interpretation of lights and perceived imagination into a non-linear experience.

 

我的靈感來自於日光在石屎森林中的跳躍反射。

《瞇》是一件置於明亮空間中的機動光影裝置作品,由51面鏡子組成。 鏡子依據特定程式追蹤光源並將光線反射於觀眾的面上,令我們透過影像的搖晃對光線有新的認知。

《瞇》是日常經驗的一種抽象表達,令觀眾跳出慣常思維去感受和捕捉光線的種種存在狀態。每一天,當人群穿插在城市中,日光不停在高樓大廈之間跳躍。我們每一個步伐,都可以感受不停的動感,體驗光線不同的強度、圖案和紋理。這種變幻為我帶來靈感,讓我去體會光的不同屬性及它們與都市複雜的互動。《瞇》試圖以光線最原始的形態去帶出極多元化的視覺感知。

 

“Squint” simulates light source and intentionally shines lights on audience’s faces. Bright light is projected in the gallery, a clean bright space.

 

Everyday people are dynamically moving around in the city. Sunlight reflects and flickers even when it is indirect and hidden behind the artifacts. While we are traveling, we are experiencing motion. We are also experiencing the shift of light intensity, visual patterns and textures. The varieties of light forms inspire the artist to explore the potential of light textures, select and sort out the combined complexity in urban space. The artist turns them into a minimal form of light experience, while maximizing its diversity of perception.

“Squint” contains an array of generative patterns controlled by custom software. 51 robotic multi-directional mirrors are controlled by computer vision. It tracks the location of the audiences, and generates different reflection and flicker motions. Other than binary flickering, “Squint” explores the possibilities of how lights pass across the eyes in a split of second that creates flicker effect, the volume of light in sequence, and triggers perception beyond light texture passing through our retina.

 

Documentation

 

Exhibition / Residency

  • 2014 – Fuse::Artist-In-Residence, Videotage, Hong Kong

 

Gallery

“Squint” Solo Exhibition, Videotage

 
“Squint” @ FILE SP 2014 (São Paulo, Brazil)

Performance

  • 2014 – “Squint” Audiovisual Performance (With Dennis Wong aka Sin:Ned)

 

Making-Of

 

Bibliography

Acknowledgement

  • Chloe Cheuk (Graphic Designer)
  • Dawei Charitable Foundation
  • Lee Po Chu
  • Luke Allder
  • Wong Ching Fat
  • Wong Nai Yiu
  • Kowloon City District Council