TASML is pleased to announce Joanna Cheung as the recipient of the TASML | Carroll / Fletcher@Eyebeam: Young Chinese Artist Talent Award. Joanna Cheung was chosen by an international jury among a competitive list of candidates. She will begin a three-month long residency at Eyebeam in New York City in the spring of 2015. The residency is sponsored jointly by Carroll/Fletcher Gallery and Eyebeam.
The Jury is consisted of the following:
Jonathon Carroll, Director and Founder, Carroll / Fletcher Gallery
Dooeun Choi, Independent Media Art Curator
Kethleen Forde, Curator at Large for Borusan Contemporary
Roddy Schrock, Director, Residencies and Programs, Eyebeam
ZHANG Ga，Director, TASML Media Art Curator
Patterns emerge in any relationship, especially well-established and intimate ones. These patterns are a reflection of ourselves and the other person in the relationship. The one I have decided to focus on is the relationship I have with my mom. A person I have known my whole life, this relationship is familiar and recognizable. Our interactions can be parsed into step by step instructions. Habits and responses are predictable. By using the syntax structure of software, I re-create the predictability of our relationships using if–else statements, the recursive moodiness and the random illogical behaviours demonstrated by both, my mom and me. The final rendered product of this code is a video and text collage. Despite having a final aesthetic finish, the process of creating this work surpasses the final product. The code which goes into producing this final product is more telling than the end product. The software becomes a dialogue between myself and my mom. Likewise the code also becomes applicable to anyone’s relationship patterns. The pattern for nagging is repeatedly asking the same question despite being given the same answer. This can be universally understood. During the residency, I would like to CONTINUE writing code, which represents the patterns found in human relationship and interaction, not related to my relationship with my mom. I am interested in documenting relationships which are not mine.
Joanna Cheung states:
I create physical and virtual spaces which produce existentialist experiences and breaks down hierarchical BALANCE between architecture and occupants. I create objects which subvert our understanding of the object and questions our sense of interaction and relationship. Through my work, I explore creating the intangible qualities of perception, femininity, and existentialism into tangible PRODUCTS and the tangible qualities into intangible products. My creative practice is driven by ideas of virtuality and phenomenological reactions. It is mediated through tools such as rapid prototyping, open source hardware/SOFTWARE, and the internet.
Her work has been exhibited in the DUMBO Arts Festival, the Hammer Museum with UCLA’s Game Lab, the Hong Kong – Shenzhen Biennale with Crisis Fronts, and SuperFront Gallery.