數據森林 Greenhouse

Data Visualization installation
Year: 2017

2017 “Conflux.Infinity-12th Digital Art Festival Taipei 2017”, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, Taipei, Taiwan.

Greenhouse  is a generative data visualization installation. The work is inspired by the problems of Taiwan and is based on the survey and analysis of big data. We gather and compile the big data from over seven hundred thousand fan pages on social media, it is found that "Misanthropic", "Low birth rate", "Population ageing " has become a hot topic in Taiwan, the behavioral and linguistic information from the public space on Facebook, and pull out open information of Taiwan's population from the Open Government Data. We use information of posts, likes, comments, and shares gathered from Facebook’s "Misanthropic" keywords as our material, and combine them with the changes of Taiwan's population structure throughout the years and population birth rate, creating a distinctive visual narrative. We convert the data from different periods over the years into visual images of a forest, which gradually evolve into a story about a growing forest. As the overlapping trees, leaves, flowers and fruits keep growing, we point out the starting point of this work: "perceiving humanity and environment from numbers, words and actions." The artistic concept of this work is "calculation anxiety or the co-existing initiative of positive thinking." Although the image and initial work are created and interpreted by creator, we hope that all viewers can participate in the project. After all, these data are about their online daily life and reflect the experience buried in their consciousness.

數據森林 Greenhouse
時光間 Time in Between

Single channel video (Sound, color, 12'00 ")
Year: 2014

2014 “Digital Art Creation Competition Program”, National Taiwan Museum of

             Fine Art, Taichung, Taiwan.

Time in Between features urban views from both Taipei and Paris. It documents a compressed 24 hours in these two places with 24 locations and 24 Taiwanese people strolling in Paris. By seamlessly overlaying urban images from the two cities at different hours of the day, 24 hours in the existence of a strange composite zone emerges.

 

The present in the past, the present in the present and the present in the future coexist in temporal simultaneity. The very moment I have just experienced in Taipei and Paris has gone, vanished and yet the feeling of the past and the future arc at the same time retained within the present. Today's Taipei is as if yesterday's Paris, our bodily perception straddles two cities and falls into the unfolding time in between. Carrying our past experience and present perceptions, we head for the future- connecting one point to the next, and on to the next one.

 

Every hour the video documents 24 Taiwanese people wandering slowly around 24 popular Paris attractions. Their slow movements create a sharp contrast with those of the fast-moving tourists, reflecting the subtle interplay of alienation and belonging one experiences in a foreign land. It depicts their careful consideration regarding their every step and the next steps they will take. They seem to make up some kind of community, but the connections between them seem blurred. This careful deliberation over how to proceed in a changing landscape extends beyond the international status at the current time.

時光間 Time in Between
聲機勃勃 Ⅱ - 共生 Spring up Ⅱ - Coexistence​

Sound-Sensitive Installation
Year: 2014

Spring up II - Coexistence serves as an evolutionary product of the sound-sensitive installation of Spring up - it is a replication of its DNA. This continuation of life is just like cell division, the fundamental process of organism growth and reproduction in which one cell is usually split into two.

 

When these tiny organisms hear the sound of a person’s voice, footsteps, or hand-clapping, they will shrink according to the volume. The louder the noises you make, the more frightened they will get, which will result in a rapid recoiling motion by all. The inspiration for this artwork is derived from the experience of hiking. In the forest, a person can feel the presence of sunlight, birds, flowers, grass, trees, and bugs. Yet, these organisms will promptly go into hiding due to your presence. However, if you remain quiet for a period of time, they will get used to you and proceed with their normal activities. The sound-driven devices focus, reflect, and complement each other, while an endless and implicating conversation emerges amongst the viewer, environment, and space. This artwork expresses the changes and reactions to an environment caused by the introduction of people and sounds.

聲機勃勃 Ⅱ - 共生 Spring up Ⅱ - Coexistence​

2014 Ministry of Culture, Art Bank Taiwan. Collection.

聲機勃勃 Spring up​

Sound-Sensitive Installation
Year: 2013

Inspiration for the Spring up and Spring up II - Coexistence series is drawn from the smallest unit of life – the cell, an organism that has a complete sense of vitality. In the process of reproduction, DNA must be replicated to pass on a part of itself to the next generation. Like the cell cycle, cell growth -> DNA replication -> cell division -> one cell split into two. Thus, the cycle of life is continued.

 

​Spring up is a Sound-Sensitive Installation consists of motor-mechanisms. Resembling living cells in a being, these cells are very shy, sensitive, and full of curiosity. Similar to human beings or other living creatures, they can hear and see. They detect sound in the environment, and will respond by poking their heads out to observe the world. When the surrounding quiets down, they poke their heads out immediately. When it gets even quieter, they spoke out even more. When they hear little sound, they duck and hide immediately, until the sound completely disappears.

聲機勃勃 Spring up​

2013 “New Taipei creative Newcomer Award”, New Taipei city, Taiwan. First Prize.

2013 Cultural Affairs Department, New Taipei City Government. Collection.

2012 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France.

關於消失的幾個提議 Propositions On Disappearance

"Next" Choreography Project
Year: 2011

Propositions On Disappearance contains sections of thoughts surrounding the subject of disappearance. Starting from questioning our very existence--- We Were Never Here to the idea of Substitution---how we were tamed by popularization and substituted much of our personality and right to make decisions.

Group:
Direction/ Choreography and Performances   Yen-Fang Yu
Projection Yun-Ju Chen
Costume Chi-Jen Wang
Sound Design Chung-Ying Huang
Photography Chang-Chi Chen

關於消失的幾個提議 Propositions On Disappearance
淨化 Purification

Interactive Installation
Year: 2010

Auckland, New Zealand. Private Collection.

2010 Snowwhite Gallery, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.
2010 Grass Mountain Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan.

​Purification created during artist-in-residence in New Zealand at Unitec, the integration of local Maori myths, symbol and Nu Shu, trying to continue or construct new mysterious characters. The concept comes from both water and water surface, symbolizing purification, transformation, fusion and breakthrough of the psychical structure. The reflective water surfaces work as mirrors that tend to break what we normally see in the world, while the images under the water and the join-in of participants brings ripples, conversion, blurring and tranquility that represent a kind of spiritual purification and transformation. As human thoughts are soaked and washed by the flowing water, it always crisscrosses with duality such as clean and dirty, pure and filthy. However, as water wash away the dirt and return cleanness to us; it also throws away the smudges in life and the imperfection of society, letting us experience a sense of purity. There is a sort of beauty called tranquility after rippling; wind stops, waves slow down, and our minds become as still as the water.

Purification is an interactive multimedia work, via special program design, projected by two projectors onto a 120゚arc screen and one on the ground. While audience walk into the exhibit area, the image projected on the ground would turn into ripples; meanwhile, they can also watch the images on the wall, experiencing the quietness away from the crowd and din. Everything is back to the beautiful beginning, which is a good chance for pondering upon the meaning of peacefulness and desire-less-ness.

淨化 Purification
星群 Starry, Starry Night

Interactive Installation
Year: 2010

2010 “Mash Up” European Media Art Festival(EMAF), Osnabrueck, Germany.
2010  “Cluster” 5th Taipei Digital Art Festival, Taipei, Taiwan.

In this work, every participant is a star in the heaven. With each other of them, they communicate, create and illuminate, so that they sparkle into a starry, starry night.



​Starry, Starry Night is about environmental issues, this work is to awake people’s concern for environment. In the work features the interaction of the Internet and the interaction of different regions and times and interaction of the speech recognition in the exhibition, changing the shape of society through intentional interaction.

This work is composed of 5 spheral installation symbolizing 5 continents of this planet. Chinese, English, French, German and Japanese will be used for these installations. Through the internet and Google AJAX Search API, the environmental issues related news, blogs and forums are selected. When getting negative news, such as global warning, floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornados, and earthquakes, the installations will be inflated which symbolizing the burdens the globe has borne. On the other hand, the installations will be deflated when getting positive news such as energy saving and carbon reduction, green energy industry, alternative energy and International Meat Less Day, this refers to less impact on the earth. But the point is that by this work I hope the attract people’s concern for the globe, so that we really try to “350Love Earth”, and environmental protection IS NOT a slogan.

星群 Starry, Starry Night
非墨之舞 Monologue

Interactive Performance

Length : 18”00’
Year: 2009

2010 “The Edith Russ Site for Media Art”, Oldenburg, Germany.
2009 “Bains numériques#4” International Digital Art Festival, Center Des Arts Of
             Enghien-les-Bains, Paris, France.
2009 “404 FESTIVAL”International Festival of Electronic Art, Rosario, Argentina.

Monologue is about psychological experience of women. Inspired by women’s diaries and “Nu Shu” which is an old writing system in China used only among women, “Monologue” tries to convey women’s internal and external contradictories which comes from the conflicts between the personal emotion and external constraints. Besides, “Monologue” is also reflection on traditional culture, aesthetics and patriarchy society. Therefore, dance, Chinese music, multimedia animation and interactive installation are combined and employed. The images of animation present the style of Chinese calligraphy. Dancers’ movements respond to the soft but intense characteristics of Chinese calligraphy. However, the interaction between dancers and that between dance and animation are sometimes violent. The contrasts symbolize the constraints on and the conflicts of women.

As an interdisciplinary work, “Monologue” combines new technologies and the elements of classical art from Chinese dance, music and calligraphy. New Technologies such as Flash Programming, IR Sensor Installation, WiiRemote are employed in this work. Through the new technologies, classical images and dancers’ interaction with each other and with the animation, “Monologue” present the idea of rethinking tradition and the relationship between tradition and women.

Group:
Creator: Chen, Yun-Ju
Programming: Chien, Chun-Te
Choreographers: Huang, Hsin-I and Hsieh, Yu-Jung
3D Animation: You, Teng-Chih
Music: “Man-Yen”, “Yin”: Chen, Cheng-Wen
              “Under the pine” : Jen, Chen-Hui

非墨之舞 Monologue
兒戲 Play

Video

Length : 01”30’
Year: 2007

The memories replay. The camera records the designer playing the white toilet paper in the white space. Seeing and dealing the self in the video, the designer recalls the plying in childhood.

2007 “Taoyuan Artistic Creation Awards”, Taoyuan County Government, Taoyuan, Taiwan.

兒戲 Play