“Hou” and “@#$%^..” Featured in “Weather Tunnel”

An interactive multi-sensory installation by Wang Yuyang (CN), MeatMedia (CN) and Jeffrey Huang (CH) is featured in “Weather Tunnel,” a component of Translife: International Triennial of New Media Art, on view until July 17 at the National Art Museum of China.

“Hou” is the result of a TASML-initiated residence program in collaboration with Media & Design Lab (LDM) of EPFL | Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne. Artists Wang Yuyang and Wu Juehui (MeatMedia) went to Lausanne in early summer to work with LDM researchers and collaborated with Jeffrey Huang to produce this intriguing work which elaborates on real time weather data with multiple sensory manifestations.

Tian Li, Guo Haoyun, Guo Yao, Vivian Xu

” @#$%^… “,  originated and conceptualized through an eco-art workshop TASML organized in the Spring of 2011 is a collaborative work by Tian Li (MFA candidate, Dept. Information Art and Design of Academy of Arts and Design, Tsignhua University), Guo Haoyun (Adjunct Faculty, China Academy of Art), Guo Yao (BFA, Renming UNiversity), Vivian Xu (MFA candidate, Parsons The New School for Design). It is an interactive installation that aims to make abstract data more accessible to audiences through means of data sonification. The project was derived from the view that environments are self-contained systems in which the individual and the whole are merged together into a single organic cell, after which the individual’s perception is skewed by his/her surroundings, and is unable to completely break free of the environment that he/she has become a part of.

@#$%^… utilizes environmental data collected by sensors in various cities throughout the world, and maps this information accordingly onto ambient city noises recorded in said cities. The composited audio results are then displayed in real-time through stereos that are fully immersed in semi-liquefied silicone material. Encircling each stereo are six mechanical claws that open and close in correspondence with the sounds, and in the process, attempt to open up the surrounding material and let out the muffled urban noises.

Audiences will be provided with stethoscopes to probe into the sonic environment of the installation and listen to the “cries” that are suppressed and entrapped within.