Cameras are ubiquitous in the human environment of today. They are used as a method of self-expression (ie. selfies), as a form of surveillance (CCTV), and as a means of augmented reality. Playing on this everyday ritualistic habit of documentation and self-representation, I use camera as a primary tool to create interactivity in my multimedia performance and artwork.
My electro-acoustic music improvisation on the violin and cello often combines with interactive media art/interactive cinema and collaborative games as a means to invite audiences’ participation. While striving for synergetic impact through the use of diverse media, I am essentially interested in creating a meaningful human-centered interaction, which will result in heightening both the audience and artist's intimate and embodied experience. As a keen observer of human nature, human psyche, human conditions, and the invisible power dynamics that exist within human relationship, I like to explore subtle and contradictory human nature, which I then translate into musical sound and vision.
Often, our human natures are not sharply dichotomized between good and evil. My performance challenges audiences to candidly confront their own conscience and to seek deeper identities that are analogous to a public confession; similarly, I consider my own performance as a form of public confession. Audience members are often invited to share their faces or self-representations on the screen, as if they are looking in the mirror. When the audience members see their own faces or reflections as part of the artwork, or when the audience presence or movements trigger the sound, it is personal; yet, it can become more vulnerable and visceral when it is shared in public. Such simple acts of seeing themselves and hearing new sounds produced by their interactions could also potentially create a powerful moment of confrontation, rude awakening, and epiphany. In my work, this individual awareness and fragility is shared with others present for the performance to further aid in collective healing and transformation.
Overall, my sonic and visual score narrates the complexities and wonders of human nature and human conditions as a means of hopefully elevating the individual and collective consciousness.