Wei-Peng Kuo is enrolled in the MFA Program of New Media Art, National Taiwan University of Arts. The artist not only specializes in interactive installation, kinetic installation and web programming, but is also adept at integrating the data collected from sensors of every stripe to investigate and reflect on the interrelationship between artificial technologies and the natural environment. The artist also won a number of honors from Vision Get Wild, National Transdisciplinary Innovative Design, Young Designers’ Award, and National Students’ Subject Fabrication Competition.
“ Sympathist ”The Creation of Brainwave Interactive Instalation”
The creative concept of “Sympathist” attempts to explore scenery as imagined by our brains. In the installation of this bizarre illusion, the unique data and variables of brain waves cause changes in illusions, where brain activity is visualized like cyberspace. The digital age has made cyberspace possible. We devote most of our time into cyberspace to exchange information and knowledge with other people. The prevalence of mobile devices and virtual reality headsets demonstrates that we are getting closer to this illusory space. Compared to the real environment, we are more familiar with the tools and applications that connect us to cyberspace. These thoughts directly influence our brain waves. The civilization which we are so proud of has instead led humanity increasingly further away from the environment. Our five senses, originally meant to accept natural frequencies, have been allured by uncoordinated artificial and digital frequencies, to the extent that we are forgetting our original feelings. People have fallen into the endless loop of cyberspace without realizing it.
The work links the brain wave detector together with virtual scenes and brain landscapes. The viewers will embark on a journey the moment they adorn the device, and then the brain data detected by the device will immediately be reflected on the virtual scene, manifesting the unique landscapes generated by brain waves of the audience. During the process, the different audience responses will generate different scenes within the brain. The device gradually delves into the deepest layer of consciousness with input from the audience, and when consciousness loses itself in a trance, it quickly returns to a starting point of rationality. The audience will discover a whole new journey when they set off again. The brain wave detector enables us to let go of rationality and meander around our instincts and deepest memories