Lightscape Project


VR video, generative sound, 10 minutes

In collaboration with a Taiwanese artist Chi Po-Hao(紀伯豪)

"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, with 360-degree camera, 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.  

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