[ISEA2016] Artist Statement: Alan Kwan — The Flying Umbrella Project

Artist Statement 

The Flying Umbrella Project is an aerial robotic performance consisting of two artificial flying creatures in the form of umbrella mating in the air. As the canopy of the umbrella severely hinders airflow into the propellers, they exist as tragic, extremely non-efficient man-made lifeforms that struggle with wind and gravity. During the performance, these flying creatures become emotional prosthetic of the viewers, and enable them to access the emotions through absurdity and extension of self. kwanalan.com/flying-machine

  • Alan Kwan is an artist, game designer, and technologist. Completed his master’s at MIT, USA, he is primarily interested in using videogame and virtual reality technologies to build worlds, stories, and immersive experiences that are outside of the traditional gaming paradigm. Instead of putting you into fights, competitions, and puzzle-solving, his projects seek to craft emotional journeys that let you wander through otherworldly places, without the pressure of completing missions or fighting monsters. kwanalan.com