[ISEA2016] Artist Statement: Chi-Chuen (Kenny) Wong— Dist.Solo

Artist Statement

Kinetic Sculpture, 2016, Metal, Micro-Computer, Custom Software, LCD Panel, Microcontrollers, Custom Electronics, Motor

“dist.solo” is inspired from the moment of intimacy in eye contact and the indefinite variables in relationships. “dist.” – the short form of distance or district. It is also a term widely used for mathematical and programming terminology for distance calculation. In this work, it represents as both relational and mathematical distance. We encounter momentary connections with people in our everyday lives. We synchronize and repel with one another from time to time. Attachment and detachment; the rhythmic dance as well as chaotic crash between the two create a metaphor for the momentary, temporary relationship that exists between them. The work involves kinetic intervention of the pendulum movement as well as the combination of digital sensors. The custom software generates random position of the unbalanced weight, hence the rhythms of swings are always indefinite. The work and the digital screen intentionally combine the rational and irrational rules, dynamic time, expressing the artist’s personal feeling towards human relationship in his current time.
Other Credit: Maryam Esbah

  • Chi-Chuen (Kenny) Wong received his BA in Creative Media from the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong in 2011, where he was also a part-time Lecturer in 2015. He explores the delicate relationship between daily experiences and perceptual stimulations, by finding the hybrids between analog and digital representations. Wong is interested in exploring visual patterns, motions, sound textures and presenting the works in the form of computational kinetic sculptures. Wong also actively collaborates as collaborating artist, multimedia designer, mechanical engineer/designer and art researcher.

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