[ISEA2016] Artist Statement: Otto Li — Soundtracking John Cage 4’3″

Artist Statement

Satellite Event: No References: A Revisit of Hong Kong Video and Media Art from 1985

Li’s latest works delve into the arena of “soundscape” sculpture. Soundtracking John Cage 4’33” is an ethereal interactive sculpture derived from John Cage‘s seminal 4’33” work of silence. The work’s accompanying statement reads:
Each second of silence or background noise is given a material physicality in the form of a transparent sound wave sculpture. The screen at the bottom shows video footage from the original performance […] The width of the gap corresponds to the thickness of each layer of sound wave [such that] light from the video illuminates the sculpture in accordance with the amount of ‘sound’ from the performance.
[source: artradarjournal.com/2016/07/06/no-references-9-hong-kong-video-and-new-media-artists-part-1/]

  • Having worked as a concept artist in a CG animation company for years, Otto Li‘s work spans many disciplines from sculpture and virtual modelling to digital images and interactive installation. His art explores the connections between virtuality and reality, deconstructing and reconstructing the production and presentation of different types of images. A young artist, Li was born in 1980 and obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003 and his MFA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2012. In the past decade Li has participated in exhibitions in Beijing, London, Hong Kong and beyond. [source: artradarjournal.com/2016/07/06/no-references-9-hong-kong-video-and-new-media-artists-part-1/]