Public Space Video Projection, 4mins(loop)
South Pond(Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL)
"A Little Poem" is a site-specific audiovisual light-projection piece responses to the natural ecosystem in the south pond (Lincoln Park—Chicago, IL)
I created a video and light installation that was performed on Jeanne Gang’s curvaceous wood pavilion. The installation invites visitors to interact with light and nature in a new perspective, which heightens awareness of the natural surroundings, the relevance of the landscape in the Lincoln Park, and the organic architectural particularities of the surface of the pavilion.
“Our Synchronized Time” is an installation exploring the potential connections between different spacetime. Are there any connections between different time and space? The change of light and shadow visualize the change of time. Different light and shadow change at the same time in diverse spacetime creates timezone, which helps us to refer where we are. Will we experience the same thing no matter where we are?
“Our Synchronized Time” comprises a series of kinetic, physical sculptures, each containing two mechanical arms driving two rotating light sources. The upper mechanical arms represent the sunrise and sunset time in different time zones where the lower arms represent time in different areas. The lower mechanical arms rotate to the same angle, same speed around every 4 mins, then slowly rotate back to its own rhythm as light and shadow change distinctively in various areas. The light beam is cast through the space creating interventions and interactions with the architecture and its audience. The minimalistic and mersmerizing installation combines light and movement in a multi-dimensional space where invites visitors to develop a multi-sensory experience. The mechanical arms rotate, each to their own rhythm, sync up with each other for a moment, then go back. With the light tracing the path and sound its echo, we lost where we are in a moment.
Instruction: Talk to the microphone on the right, then listen to the sound underneath the speaker.
Description: 'Sync/y' is a site-specific interactive sound installation that aims to create a conversation between the past Spacetime and the current Spacetime. The installation records the viewer's voice and the surrounding sound. The system has a program running, which keeps recording and playing back recorded sounds every 30 seconds simultaneously. By standing underneath the parabolic speaker, the viewer will hear his/her own voice blending with previous viewer's voices and the surrounding sound from the past recordings. The process is repeated along with new layers of sound constantly overlaying in the system. These recorded voices and sounds gradually begin to overwhelm and abstract the particular architectural space. It eventually constructed an experiential sonic sculpture that generated by resonant frequencies based on the particularities of the architectural space. 'Sync/y' serves as a sonic time machine, in which the viewer can stand and experience the intersection of Spacetime.
Sculptural-Light Projection Installation, 3 mins (loop), 2014
"Virtual Cosmos" is a sculptural-light projection work that composed of four color-changing videos and one transparent plastic sheet made sculpture. Light goes through the sculpture, which projects three-dimensional reflected wandering lights to the whole exhibition space. The panoramic reflected wandering lights encompass the viewers physically, then mentally by expanding the installation into a full three-dimensional light environment and reveal the physical and spatial properties of the space..
Audiovisual Comupter-Animated Video Projection Installation, 3mins(loop), 2014
“Gestures” is a computer-animated sculptural installation that is constructed from 9 Buddha’s hands with 9 different gestures and 3 minutes animation. The forever-rotating circles in the animation inspired by the concept of mandala. Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Buddhism, representing the universe metaphysically. “Gestures” is a piece that combines new technologies (Light projection) with the concept of traditional Chinese culture.
Audiovisual Sculptural-Light Projection Installation, 2014
"Waters" is an audiovisual installation that is mostly composed of two-reflected mirrors. One mirror represents the Lake Michigan and the other represents Shanghai Huangpu River. It is a project that reveals my personal memory of the two cities: Chicago and my hometown Shanghai. Sound resource is collected from the Lake Michigan and Huangpu River.
Audiovisual Video Projection, 14:00 minutes (loop), 2014
“Sync/x” is a time-machine, which runs on its own logics.“Sync/x” proposes a panoramic light ambient that presents a narrative imageries in a minimalistic method.
It is a video installation project that composed by six synchronized projectors with surround audio. “Sync/x” divides into four chapters. Each of the chapters plays disparate rhythms/narrativities of the light and shadow.
The Core visual impression of “Sync/x” is an architectural representation of the development of light movements, which performs as daily time changing
Computer Programming Light and Sound Installation, 3:15 mins(loop)
7meters * 7meters
“I” is a programmatic light and sound installation that composed by 16 facing inwards lights on the stands. The installation traces two circulars (outer circle and inner circle) light movements in the area in which it is represented. The viewer stands within the inner circle that composed by 8 lights facing inwards.
The installation creates an immersive sensorial experience where the synchronized interaction of light and sound substitutes the environment surrounding the audience. The sequence of the light movements inspired from the hexagrams of “I-Ching”—The classic of changes. Broken lines of a hexagram are explained as 0 in binary, which represents a light off and complete lines of a hexagram are explained as 1 in binary, which represents a light on. I re-arrange the hexagrams to balance the alternations between the lightness and the darkness. The interaction between light and sound evolves from simple correlations to architecturally structured ones. Along this audiovisual journey characterized by the movements of light and sound, the spatial surroundings dissolve into the architecture of light enveloping the audience, disfiguring and reshaping their perceptions of Spacetime.
The idea of the piece comes from my prolonged interest of finding a moment that enables people to experience the past, the present and the future being overlapped in daily life. When we are taking photos, we are experiencing a lost sense of direction within millions of a second. The after-images represented the past leaves in our retina afterwards. The action of photographing connects an overlapped moment of the past, the present and the future. At the point of pressing shutter, the present instantly becomes the past and captured moment (photo) will be reviewed in the future.
Medium-Format Film Photo Project
The scenes of mystery and enclosure aim to explore relationships, connections, conflictions between individual and surroundings. I discover for formal relationships between harmony and confliction, calm and breakthrough frailness and adamancy, control and chaos.
Someone once said: “The most ambitions project intends to appeal not only to the eyes but to all other senses so that the impression arises of being completely in the artificial world.” What I want to do is freely moving styles and approaches as a way to participate in photographic field as broadly as possible. This project is a new attempt of combining photography with another art form. In each photograph, a complex pictorial space (dynamic characters and static environment) confronts the spectator for a split second with the inability to recognize what exactly expressed in pictures, and thus awakens a more reflective need to deduce stories in the pictures. The combination of performance and photography to break discrete moments of everydayness, evoking the mixture friction and stimulation of different senses. These weird lights and hands and feet allows seemingly random and unordered to break balance of photos, in fact as representation of contingencies happens in our life.
Naturally, in the course of time, art manifests very various contents, but that does not determine the variation in its appearance, even when the means of expression are fully developed, the type varies. I want spectator to think more space beyond photograph which isn’t a coping machine of reality, but a tool of aesthetic expression. To put it differently, photography is not a mirror which always remains as the same as reality, but a living power of apprehension which could be various types. The idea of reality changed as much as idea of beauty.
3D Animation, 7mins, 2015
The name of the 3D animation installation 'x/y' explores two fundamental ideas that form our world: Time and Space and creation. Time and Space as a concept is defined by the sequence of event development. Creation and more specifically the origin of all existing creations in the world is explored through the concept of cells as the fundamental organic building block. Both of these concepts are intuitively virtual; In other words, they can't physically be touched. However, all of us have always known and have always been aware of the concept of Time and Space surrounding us, while the question "What are we composed of?" has been already answered—We are composed by cells. However, these two ideas are intangible and can't objectively be touched. We haven't got a chance to touch them objectively. Based on this mysterious physicality, 'x/y' proposes an immersive virtual environment that indicates a potential juxtaposed possibility for the intersection of virtuality versus reality; material versus non-material.
Graphic Computer-Animated Light Projection Installation
3:00 minutes (loop)
Ball Room at School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Metamorphosis is a graphical work about re-composition of a very specific space, which is the ballroom in School of Art Institute of Chicago. The animated black and white patterns are based on the grid of ballroom’s dance floor. Metamorphosis is an audiovisual installation, which builds a progressive structure of patterns, made up of 3 parts lasting 3 minutes in total. The piece plays on the idea of re-composition, repetition and flicker.
Computer Animated Light Projection
3:00 minutes (loop)
"Amorphous" is a computer-animated sculptural installation that is constructed from 220 DVDs and 4 individual animations that mimic the diversity of light changing. The work unfolds a dynamic light environment with rhythmic light flux. The installation comes alive as numerous reflected lights intertwining and crossing into each other.