Where are you? Artist Statement

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Where are You? by Yu-Chuan Tseng, Sheng-Po Shen, Yi-Ching Huang,  Wei-Ting Chen

Wei-Ting Chen, Yu-Chuan Tseng, Yi-Ching Huang, Sheng-Po Shen(from left to right)

Wei-Ting Chen, Yu-Chuan Tseng, Yi-Ching Huang, Sheng-Po Shen(from left to right)

Exhibition Record:

2010 Where are You? Exhibition in Sly Art Space, Taipei

2010 Taiwan Digital Art Pulse Stream Plan- The First Phase; “Body, Gender, Technology” Digital Art Exhibition, Digital Art Center, Taipei

2010Cluster” Digital Art Festival Taipei 2010, Bopiliao Historic Block, Taipei2010

Artist Statement:

Where are you?(2010) is a digital portrait of the entirety of humankind. It is created by gathering the portraits of millions of individuals from many different locations on the Internet. In traditional art, the portrait expresses and confirms the presence of a person, however, in the digital age our individual presence is lost to a larger network of signifiers all merging together in an information flow. When we are photographed through the digital cameras, our image becomes a signal in a process of re/coding 0 and 1 digits, which when uploaded on the Internet add too all existing digits of other individual portraits. Thus, the digital networked process restructures the presence of an individual being into a totality of beings—the portrait is of anyone and no one.

Interactive Process

In the exhibition space a cloth-screen hangs down from the ceiling. Two projectors beam a dark sky onto it. Above the sky, there is a map of the Earth. In front of the projection there is set up an iPod touch-screen which function as an input interface. When participants input a name they send out a search request to the system, and the system queries all photos published on the Internet in albums such as Flickr, looking for matching tags in real time. When found, the photo is fetched, transformed into blue dots, and placed on the earth map according to their GPS position on the top of scroll. Individual blue dots change into stars and pour down like streems of water. They then transform to the original photos to show the search result clearly. During the process, the faces on the photos are identified and chosen by using face recognition system. All the chosen faces are merged into a digital portrait. The larger digital portrait flows slowly to the bottom of the projection screen until it disappears and process starts again.

Subject matter

Where are you? (2010) utilizes individual photo-portraites published on the Internet to create a fuzzy portrait representing a collective digitally composed being. The transformation of the individual photos into stars and strings pays homage to the totality of existence and the flowing web of life. It also questions human existence in the digital era. When participant inputs a name, they expects to see a particular person. However, the search result is not always the expected photo as this depends on the given tags. The digital portrait is not the portrait of a specific person but a signifier of a name.

System Framework

The whole system is composed of two components: input interface and computing center. We use iPod touch as input interface and the code is written by openFrameworks and Objetive-c. The screen of iPod touch contains input box and waiting list. Ipod touch would extract strings from input box and store them with the current time locally. Those strings are inserted to a waiting list. Furthermore, iPod touch would send those data to mac mini through OSC protocol in a local network. Mac mini is used as a backend computing center. The code in it is written by Processing. When computing center receive the string via OSC protocol, it would use the string to query top 20 pictures from Flickr, a popular online social album on the Internet. We use image processing algorithm to mix each pixel of those pictures and output an unique picture after multiple overlapping. In data visualization, we put those pictures on different position in global map based on the location metadata of each picture. Those pictures would move slowly from top to bottom and finally display an unique mixed picture which is comprised of 20 pictures. After finishing the process, computing center would send a complete message to iPod touch and iPod touch would kill the strings from its buffer.

Conclusion

The digital system encoded and joins individual units and integral systems together by means of digital devices. The system union—creating a matrix, a place of digital survival—is a brand new world of us. The new union seems extend human life allowing it to be anywhere, but nowhere. By editing and regrouping the codes, we capture and manipulate telecommunication signals in order to express a totality of human presence on the Internet, and thus a totality of human existence.

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Artist Statement

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We use mobile or moving devise to connect with other people, as we moving, and frame ourselves in tiny screens. Somehow, body in space, view and where the people are, don’t really connected. But we always hope to be connected with others that cannot reach, with a place that cannot be.

This series of works try to re-think the existence of people while moving, and achieve three goals:

  1. To discuss the movable elements in the creating process through using mobile or moving devises.
  2. Opening a new way of seeing. In low-class camera lens, and a moving state, the author tries to find a similar peace and quietness to nature.
  3. The ability of low-class camera lens. Lo-fi state shows the original view of machine, and dismisses the manipulating of human.

The creative team of Dinner of Luciérnaga

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Theatre Company of LeeQingZhao the Private

Theatre Company of LeeQingZhao the Private(abbr. LQZ)Small Theatre Troupe,  Ai Yan Tian Tuan (sorrow and glamorous troupe), was founded in January 2006.  Using the name of Song Dynasty poet, Lee Qing-Zhao, it re-opens new frontiers in customs and elegance in contemporary performance art.  Through repeated exposure of modern and traditional political taboos, LQZ points out a cultural practice consisting of melancholic, but beautiful strands.   In recent years, its productions, such as Bai Suzhen, Elope, Cao Qiqiao, Auntie, Liu Sanmei, Chen Qingyang, Summer Green, Colorless Color, mark bold forays into Beijing opera, Hakka opera, Taiwanese opera, kabuki, and other forms of traditional opera.  The music and literature of the works are highly original, and their overall visuals are charming and varied.   Over the past few years, LQZ has conducted more than 70 performances in cities across the world, including Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, and Tokyo.  It has been nominated as one of the nine major performing arts productions in the 2006 Taishin Arts Award.  Additionally, it was nominated for Best Crossover Album, Best Crossover Producer, and Best Arrangement in the Traditional Music category for the 2007 Golden Melody Awards.  And, in 2008, it won the Golden Bell Award for Best Art and Design.

Yu-Chuan TSENG |Project Host

Digital artist with Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from New York University in the USA and PhD from the Institute of Applied Arts at National Chiao Tung University.  Currently, Tseng teaches at the Department of Public Relations and Advertising at Shih Hsin University, and serves as vice president for the Women’s Art Association, supervisor for the Digital Art Foundation, and director for Taiwan Information Design, Art, Technology, Education Association.  Tseng has held exhibitions at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Hong-gah Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Singapore’s Art Gallery of LASALLE-SIA, and other venues.  Tseng’s works have been presented at the ACM Multimedia International Conference, International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA), and in the international periodical, Leonardo.

Chien-Wei WU |Main Performer/Choreographer

Wu’s 2008 work, Aurora, won the Jury Prize in the Australian Choreographic Competition 2008.  In 2010, Wu became a professional dancer for the Taipei Crossover Dance Company and participated in the group’s 15th anniversary performance of Huan-Hsiung Li’s Time Hostel.  In 2011, he went with the Taipei Crossover Dance Company to attend Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the United States and perform Hsiao-Hsiong Chang’s Dreams of a Butterfly and Rain.  Wu later joined the production, The Poignant Obscene Artifact Part 1:Marie Educates His Son at Virgin Flower Falling, by LQZ and took on the role of Monshiro.  After a solo dance performance in Beijing in May, he was immediately invited to the 8th Guangdong Modern Dance Festival and conducted a solo performance of the work, Soliloquy.  In August, Wu independently organized a personal photography, dance, and text exhibition, Soliloquy, at Grass Mountain Artist Village.  

Santiago LATORRE|Composer, Sound Designer

Spanish composer, Santiago Latorre, began composing music for dance, theater, and video art projects in 2005.  A few years later, he released his first album, Órbita, under the Californian label Accretions.  He has toured in the U.S.A., Mexico, Japan, and China, and has performed in some of the most important festivals in Spain, like Sónar and LEM. Currently, he just releases the album, Eclíptica, with Foehn Records.

Liang-Yen LIU|Director

Poet, theatre director, actor, producer.  Currently, Liu serves as representative and artistic director for LQZ, and director of Taipei Union for Professional Artists.  Born in 1979 in Taitung, Taiwan and of Hakka descent, Liu graduated from National Dong Hwa University’s Department of English and the Institute of Applied Arts at National Chiao Tung University.  Enrolled in the doctoral program at the National Chiao Tung University Degree Program of Society and Culture since 2006, Liu has focused his research on Shuji Terayama.

Kuan-Ying WU |Interactive Design and Integration Programer

Currently enrolled in doctoral program for the Graduate Institute of Architecture at National Chiao Tung University, Wu also works as a part-time designer for Mu-Tien-Liao Interactive dot TW.  Wu utilizes programming and electronic circuits to materialize realistic imaginations and futuristic fantasies about the world, while favoring the combination of mechanical power, the shaping of and immersion into space, and the real-time performance of live music and images.

Chi-Ping CHIN | Interactive Image Programer

Graduated from National Chiao Tung University, Graduate Institute of Architecture, Chin is currently a designer at Mu-Tien-Liao Interactive dot TW and part-time lecturer at Ming Dao University’s Department of Digital Design.  Through the sensitivity and methods of artists, Mu-Tien-Liao presents a world built by knowledge to seek interactive x technology x video x art x design… It is a search for utopia.

Yi-Ching HUANG | iPhone App Programer

Huang is currently studying at National Taiwan University’s Graduate Institute of Networking and Multimedia, where she majors in artificial intelligence, social computing, semantic analysis, interaction design, and data visualization.  Huang holds a passion for uncovering the relationships and stories behind large amounts of data.  From various perspectives, she ponders about the connections between people and people, people and objects, and objects and objects, as well as their correlations over time.  She then applies these findings into many aspects of her works.  Deeply passionate about combining art with technology, Huang chose to participate in this event without hesitation.

Chia-Hui CHEN | Stage Design

Chen is a freelance designer who specializes in spatial planning and visual design.  Her works include stage design, installation, modeling design, puppet design, animation, picture books, and more.  Chen graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts’ Department of Theatre Design and Technology.  Her recent stage design works include Germination (selected for Prague Quadrennial 2007), See You in the Air Tomorrow (Shanghai Theatre Expo Art Festival),   April Rain (Musical at All Music Theatre), The Silent Left Hand (Against Again Troupe), 24H – I Do Not Exist in Existing Places (New Wave Guling), and more.

Wei-Ting CHEN | Director of Interactive Engineering

Chen graduated from National Cheng Kung University’s Department of Architecture, and obtained his master’s degree in Visual Communication Design from the Institute of Applied Arts at National Chiao Tung University.  Chen’s designs have been featured in many digital art exhibitions.  Chen has collaborated with Story Nest’s HUANG Hsin-Chien and TSENG Yu-Chuan, Association of the Visual Arts in Taiwan Information Design, Art, Technology, Education Association, Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation, and Jing-Mei Human Rights Memorial & Culture Park.  Chen also took on various projects curated by L’orangerie International Art Consultant Co, Ltd., for which he designed and planned interactive installations for public artworks and exhibitions.

Chen-Hsuan LIN|Graphic Design

Chen is currently in her third year studying at the Department of Digital Design at Ming Dao University.  Chen utilizes unique creative ideas to strive forward in this highly competitive society through outstanding 3D productions, cartoon illustrations, animations, and participation in physical performance events.  Lin created Secret Garden in the Palm of the Hand, which conveyed emotions through the incorporation of interactive technologies into doorknob designs.

A transdiscipline project [Dinner of Luciérnaga]

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This piece was awarded with funding from the Council for Cultural Affairs’ 2011 fund for transdiscipline performing arts that involve technology.  The show premiered on September 22, 2011, at Quanta Art Foundation’s Quanta Hall.

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InterPlay with iPhone

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INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE with iPhone

Generally, audience watchs the performance and receive message passively in digital performance. In this project, we try to create an interactive performance which people can interact with dancer using their mobile phones. We develop an iPhone app named as Luciérnaga which is available in the iTune Store. For Luciérnaga app, it’s an light storage which people can use camera to capture the light in real life and play with the light ball in their iPhones. In the theater, people can use their iPhones to take part in the performance. They can control the objects in the stage and generate special sounds to create a soundscape with others in live performance. Therefore, Luciérnaga app is a medium between audience and performance.

 

We set up a local wireless network and arrange the 8 different zones in the theater. Audience can connect to our control server based on a unique number when entering the theater. For iphone app, we analyze the captured pictures and change the size of light ball based on the brightness. We design a special sound for iphone app. It can generate an interesting sound based on the change of different gestures, accelerometers and size of light ball. For control server, we monitor the connecting status for each iphone and send different commands to trigger different sound effects and music. In 8 zones, iphone would generate different sounds with different volume and order. All of them would collaborate with each others and create a special sound experience in the performance.

REAL-TIME IMAGE PROCESSING

We generate real-time animation by an open source programming language which is called Processing.

In order to create better translation of actions into image, a Kinect sets upon dancer to detect movement and get position information. All the image effects are realtime system controlled by dancer movement.

In order to increase the projection area on the stage, we use picture-frame stage design. It makes three projection areas which are floor, background screen, and frames. Three projectors are connected to three computers separately but synchronous operation. Each computer is a sender and receiver simultaneously. Open sound control protocols are used to communicate with each other. This type of system framework can synchronize visual generation, sounds, and iPhone control.

About “Dinner of Luciérnaga”

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THE TEAM: Theatre Company of LeeQingZhao the Private, Taiwan

Yu-Chuan TSENG, Project Leader(TW)

Chien-Wei WU, Dancer, Choreographer(TW)

Liang-Yen LIU, Director(TW)

Santiago LATORRE, Sound Designer/Composer(SP)

Kuan-Ying WU, Integration and interaction design(TW):

Chi-Ping CHIN, Interactive video programming(TW)

Yi-Ching HUANG, iPhone app programming(TW)

Chia-Hui CHEN, Stage design(TW)

Wei-Ting CHEN, Interactive Engineering Integration(TW)

INTRODUCTION

The digital performance [Dinner of Luciérnaga] is a transdiscipline project. It was created by more than 10 talented members, including dancer, Choreographer, artists, interactive designers, sound designer, engineers, director, stage designer and light engerineer. The ides of [Dinner of Luciérnaga] is a story about the relationship between light and human. How we depend on light in everyday life? In the visual perception, what we see is the photoreceptor neurons in the retina collect the light and send signals to a network of neurons that then process those impulses and gives information about what we are seeing. In digital era, we sit in front of the computer, access the information thought the light(monitor).

LIGHT AS METAPHOR

We use the term “Luciérnaga” as a metaphor, indicating the human lived with light. The “Luciérnaga” is a firefly, is light, is us. Therefore, the [Dinner of Luciérnaga] is a story about light as resource of energy resembling as food. The light is the elements to construct a kitchen. In the kitchen we cook our meal with light. Eventually, it is a dinner with self.

In this performance, dancer plays with light dots. The interaction between dancer and light presented the relations disputes. The light dots are the representation of audience on scene. We created a interactive interface – [Luciérnaga] to invited audience to become parts of the performance image on the stage.It is a simple iPhone App game to capture light. Before entering the theater, the audiences need to download the app.

The play included five parts and 50 min length.

1. When audience in the theater, they are asked to login the network. When the signal connected, the audiences become one of the light dot presenting on the stage. The more photos taking, the light dot bigger. The audiences can control their own lights by waving the iphone. When the phone waving, the sound playied according to the direction and force of shaking.

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2.The dancer plays with light in the mode of push, adhesion and integration. The relation between dancer and light are mixed feelings. He plays with light, but also try to escape from light.

3. However, The light is inescapable. It becomes the elements to build up one’s own kitchen.The dancer constructs kitchen with the light and creates a blueprint kitchen.

4. In the kitchen, dancer cooks it own’s dinner waiting for someone to have dinner with him but no one came.In the process of cooking, the music pieces are sent to all the audience’s iPhone and creates a surround sound effect. The images of creature such cat, butterfly show and disappear on the stage and then appear in the audience’s iPhone. In the final, the virual man walks to the audience iPhone and breaks up into fragmentation

5. Finally, it is still a dinner with self, the virtural world collapsed. The projection image of virtural world are falling apart, and the real objects of paper scraps are pouring down. It is one’s inner world, we swing and squeeze in the real and virtual world.

CONCLUSION

In the process of creation and Cooperation, we are in the search for new communication for differece region and new form of theatrical expression. When you enter the theatre hall with iPhone and take part with the performance. You are not just a viewer but become one of the performance. The interactive process thought iphone is a experiment. With the interface of personal device, we wish to create a brave new theatrical experience.

videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGUl00nS2Gs
FB : http://www.facebook.com/light.luci

photo by 吳燦興

The Team of “Where are You?”_Wei-Ting Chen

Wei-Ting Chen

Wei-Ting Chen in DAF 10

Wei-Ting Chen in DAF 10

Education & Experience

MA of  the Institute of Applied Arts, National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan.

Major works in exhibition design.

Exhibition (Selected)

2010    Taiwan Digital Art Pulse Stream Plan- The First Phase; “Body, Gender, Technology” Digital Art Exhibition, Digital Art Center, Taipei

2010     “Cluster” Digital Art Festival Taipei 2010, Bopiliao Historic Block, Taipei

2010  Where are you? (Yu-Chuan Tseng+Sheng-Po Shen、Yi-Ching Huang、Wei-Ting Chen), SLY Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

 

The Team of “Where are You?”_ Yi-Ching Huang

Yi-Ching Huang in DAF 10

Yi-Ching Huang in DAF 10

Yi-Ching Huang

Yi-Ching (Janet) Huang got her master degree in computer science from National Taiwan University. Her research topic is focused on Social Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Human-Computer Interaction and Information visualization. She is passionate about discovering the story behind the large amounts of data. She tried to find the relationship among people, object, time, and event through different aspects. She want to leverage those findings to design better applications for fitting the human’s need in real life. She attended several workshops on interaction design and these events inspired my interest in this field. Her enthusiasm is in combing technology and design process to produce some creative work to satisfy human need or bring good experience to human.

Education

2006.09 – 2008.06  M.S., Dept. of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Taiwan University

2002.09 – 2006.06  B.S., Dept. of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Fu Jen Catholic University

Honor & Awards

• Master Thesis Award, ICCM, Taiwan, 2008

• Second Place, Microsoft Imagine Cup 2007 Software Design Competition, Taiwan Site

• Phi Tau Phi Award, honorary member of the Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Award Society, Taiwan, 2006

Work Experience

2009.10 – Present  Plurk Inc/ Software Developer

2011.01  “Interaction in Design” Workshop / Lecturer

2009.10  “10 Innovations – 10 Solutions” Interactive Media Art Workshop / Teaching Assistant

2009.08  “Resonating with Nature” Interaction Design Workshop / Teaching Assistant

2008.08 – 2009.07  Performing Technology Lab ,Taipei National University of the Arts / Assistant research fellow

Exhibition

2010    Taiwan Digital Art Pulse Stream Plan- The First Phase; “Body, Gender, Technology” Digital Art Exhibition, Digital Art Center, Taipei

2010     “Cluster” Digital Art Festival Taipei 2010, Bopiliao Historic Block, Taipei

2010  《Where are you?》 (Yu-Chuan Tseng+Sheng-Po Shen、Yi-Ching Huang、Wei-Ting Chen), SLY Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan


The Team of “Where are You?”_ Sheng-Po Shen

Sheng-Po Shen

Sheng-Po Shen in the exhibition site of DAF 10

Shen, Sheng-Po

I think the life itself is a kind of art, and many activities between people are the elements of life,that is the basic prototype of interaction, there must be at least one interactive media between us to connect you and me.Hence, I like to observe and find out the invisible connection between us, and present it through my art pieces.

Education:

2007 MA of Creative technology, School of Art and Design, University of Salford, UK

2004 MSc of Computer and Information Science, National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan

2002 BSc of Computer and Information Science, National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan

Experience:

Exhibition:

2010 Chirp! Chirp! The 9th Group Exhibition of SLY’s Artists, SLY Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

2010 Where are you? (Yu-Chuan Tseng+Sheng-Po Shen、Yi-Ching Huang、Wei-Ting Chen), SLY Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

2010 Sound Bits, (audio-visual performance,with Chun Lee) Legacy Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

2010 VivalaFreedom! Digital audio-visual LIVE performance+workshop (audio-visual performance,with Chun Lee), Aura Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2010 Dream|Mersion-Cyclorama Digital Art Creation Series from the Society of Art and Technology [SAT] (360° cyclorama projection,audio-visual performance,with Chun lee), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

2010 Chinese Year Music & Art Festival Project 2010 (audio-visual performance,with Chun Lee), Ximen Red House, Taipei, Taiwan

2009 History and Heritage Historical Data Show, Jing-Mei Human Rights Memorial & Cultural Park, Taipei, Taiwan

2009 TimeMemoryPhoto Exhibition of Taiwan Comfort Women Human Rights, Jing-Mei Human Rights Memorial & Cultural Park, Taipei, Taiwan

2009 Breathing Sounds – Experimental Sound Performance 2009(with Chun Lee), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

2009 Moonlight – film exhibition of Comfort Women’s life story, Provisional officeTaiwan New Culture Movement Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan

2009 2009 Guling Little Theatre Arts Festival – with(out) cinema, Guling Little Theatre, Taipei, Taiwan

2009 The Balancing Tone What type of temperature do we need?, Guling Little Theatre, Taipei, Taiwan

2008 Digital Archive Program Festival: Transience Is Permanent The Most Cherished Memories, @Xinyi Public Assembly Hall, Taipei, Taiwan

The interactive process of Where are You?

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1. Participant inputs a name and send out the request.

1. Participant inputs a name and send out the request.

1. Participant inputs a name and send out the request.

2. The system queries the photos according to their tags from web albums-Flickr in real time

3. The photos will be fetched, transformed into blue dots, and placed on the earth map according to their GPS position on the top of scroll.

4. The faces on the photos will be identified and chosen by using face recognition system.

5. All the chosen faces will be merged into a digital portrait in the bottom of the scroll. The digital portrait is flowing slowly until it disappears and restarts the process.

Where are you?

Where are you?