This project is cooperated with a Taiwanese artist Chi Po-Hao(紀伯豪), developing in different approaches and forms separately.
The city is man’s most consistent and on the whole, his most successful attempt to remake the world he lives in more after his heart’s desire. But, if the city is the world which man created, it is the world in which he is henceforth condemned to live. Thus, indirectly, and without any clear sense of the nature of his task in making the city man has remade himself. -Robert Park
Lightscape is series of works which challenge the assumption of the landscape as the center. In the past few decades, there has been increasing concern with the representation of contemporary capitalism in visual art. Kevin Lynch’s ‘Imaging The City’ reflects that in the hyper visual modern city, the whole image of city justifies renewed examination. Art production and criticism are also important creations to consider, such as the works of Trevor Paglen and Allan Sekula, which take the responsibility to produce images and critique late contemporary capitalism. Therefore, I consider the urban landscape as an image that represents not only contemporary capitalism but also complex state apparatuses. In this work, city images and sounds can be understood as the process of constructing visual and aural based narratives about the potentialities of a place. I recorded the video and sounds from the street during nighttime. The lighting facilities (streetlights, builds, reflections, headlights etc.) could be considered as symbols that represent as the organizational structure of contemporary capitalism. I then processed the video with max/msp to transform the moving images into sound waves based on the appearance of trends and light patterns in the video. In other words, these generative sounds reflect the structures of a street as well as a place where people and activities are concentrated.
The city as the interface:
The dramatic expansion of historically centralized nocturnal industry has led to indispensable of illuminations in the urban landscape. The light draws concerned flows of capital, control, and everyday life activities during night time into the urban redistribution. In the night time there is no longer existing silence, rather a tone play between the order and disorder, nature and culture, repetition and becoming, which as the way of image narration to challenge cultural assumptions, values, and norms roots. By recording, interpreting and generating methods to express how is everyday interactively establish the environment, cultural landscape, and aesthetic values, and people to choose their living environment to immediate reconstruct subject.
By recording, interpretation to express how is everyday interactively establish the environment, cultural landscape, and aesthetic values, and people to choose their living environment to immediate reconstruct subject in the nighttime. Therefore, soundwalking or it could be called ‘lightwalk’, which walking with a 360-degree camera to record a street scene in the nighttime as the sound generative sources and notation.
Sonification is the use of non-speech audio to convey information or perceptualize data. Auditory perception has advantages in temporal, spatial, amplitude, and frequency resolution that open possibilities as an alternative or complement to visualization techniques. The uses of sonification in soundscape composition indicated that it must appeal to some degree of subjectivity in order to make it function, which means the work inherently reinterpret nature. Essentially, this concept emphasizes interpretation depends on the subjective of the listener, since the sound it produced in a highly abstract way, the role of listener appears to be the key of contents.
This project aims to present with the multichannel audio configuration, the melody comes from various directions in an ambisonic setting with the video projection and sound objects. The way that converts the random chaos into melodious harmonics is it the parallel of noise and music, the order, and disorder. This project will bring together elements of light and sound from different routes within the city, each masking the other, and serving as the basis for visual and aural interaction as manifest in video and installation.
Intro video about Lightscape
Lightscape Salon in Handshake 302, Shenzhen, 2016
‘Lightscape: Baishizhou’ was shot at an urban village named Baishizhou in Shenzhen – a city consists of many recent migrants. Baishizhou is uniquely considered an ‘urban village’. Along with the urbanizations, former rural areas enveloped by expanding cities, forming the rural-urban. Unincorporated and administratively independent, these villages contain poor migrant housing communities, marked with substandard roads, and infrastructure, cramped living conditions and high crime rates. Unfortunately, the policies that divide urban and rural districts leads to unequal distribution of public investment. The phenomenon of ‘urban villages’ symbolizes a historical divergence in Chinese policy, which allows the non-urban contained within the urban, as migrants move into urban settings. This issue makes them face the microscopic disenfranchisement that workers and peasants from these basic necessities in a progressive dynamic social ecology. However, it also causes unevenly distributed sales of land and forced evictions of resistant residents, which leads to riots and self-immolation as a form of protest compensation.The project started at Baishizhou – one of largest urban villages in Shenzhen – not only for the sake of recording the sound from street design but also concentrates on the political economy of the street lights plan by focusing on public lighting distribution as the neglect toward working-class that belongs to the large non-urban living standard.
The project started at Baishizhou – one of largest urban villages in Shenzhen – not only for the sake of recording the sound from street design but also concentrates on the political economy of the street lights plan by focusing on public lighting distribution as the neglect toward working-class that belongs to the large non-urban living standard.
Lightscape: Masquerade, Time Square, NY, 2017
“Masquerade” is a video and sound installation within the Lightscape project. The video record on November 8th, 2016 – the night before the United States final day of the election. I recorded a collage of multi-screen effects and lights that included low-frequency noise. I pick a specific time to investigate the signifiers of capitalism and power structure through the sounds and images of people at Times Square waiting for their new president. Implied is the collapse of the old political order, and the birth of a new order.
Presented in SMC 2017 at Aalto University, Finland.
The poster of street function in New York, 2015