Cameras are ubiquitous in today's modern environment. They are used as a method of self-expression (ie. selfies), as a form of surveillance (CCTV), and as a means of augmented reality as well as a way to store our present moment. Playing on this everyday ritualistic habit of documentation, self-representation and surveillance, I often use camera as a primary tool to create interactivity in my multimedia performance and artwork.
In my electro-acoustic performance, I sometimes invite audiences’ participation as a way to create a meaningful human-centered interaction and to honor collective 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 sometimes 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 as a means of hopefully elevating the individual and collective consciousness. In doing so, I also problematize broader social issues often related to media landscape and digital culture.