Humanizing Art & Technology

Chloe Cheuk & Kenny Wong

Hong Kong

Chloe Cheuk & Kenny Wong

Hong Kong

Biography

Chloe Cheuk is a media artist based in Hong Kong. She focuses on the emotional connection with mechanical devices, exploring ordinary objects and their encounter to bring about dialogue and multiple implications. She received Special Mention Award at the 19th ifva Festival (Interactive Media Category). Her works have participated in local and overseas galleries and arts festivals, which include 10 Chancery Lane Gallery (HK), the 20th International Symposium on Electronic Arts (Dubai) and Ars Electronica Festival (Austria). She was selected to participate in an AiR program in Futurelab from Ars Electronica Centre (Austria) , Videotage (HK) and Zurich University of Art (Swizterland) and supported artist of year 2014-15 by soundpocket (HK).
Kenny Wong Chi-Chuen is a Hong Kong media artist. He received his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Creative Media from SCM, City University of Hong Kong in 2011. Wong puts emphasis on art and multi-discipline research to express the delicate relationship between daily experiences and perceptual stimulations. Wong interested in exploring visual patterns, alternative perceptual states, sound textures and presenting work of art by creating new experience for audience as the form of interaction.
Wong also actively collaborates with other media artists, sound artists and theater performers as a role of collaborating artist, multimedia designer, mechanical engineer/designer and art researcher. He is currently a part-time Lecturer at SCM, City University of Hong Kong.
Wong’s solo and collaborative works are being selected in Ars Electronica Festival (Austria), FILE Festival (Brazil), ISEA Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Athens Video Art Festival (Greece). He also being awarded as the Golden 15 in the 3rd International Emerging Artist Award (Dubai), and locally he has been awarded for the Bloomberg Digital Arts Initiative 2013, and the Gold Awardat the 16th ifva Festival (Interactive Media Category).

ARTWORK

“IRIS”
Chloe Cheuk & Kenny Wong
Hong Kong

LINK TO THE ARTWORK:

ARTWORK DESCRIPTION:
Iris is a pair of hands that communicates with participants by hand gestures solely. Through interacting with Iris, audience will then discover and create the language to “talk” with her, which leads to the investigation of human’s behavioural codes by manifesting hand gestures in a mischievous manner.
Iris is responsive to the audience’s hand gestures when they put theirs inside a designated device. Their hands are then projected and detected by a sensor. The gestures are scrutinized and responded by an array of rules that audience may explore through communication. Since the installation keeps learning the input gestures, the video database of different combinations of movements will expand persistently and act dynamically.
Through including human body as context into a digital work, it expresses the merger of the organic and the digital, which can explore the potentials of art through using our bodies. When the interaction of hands is enlarged and projected, it produces dizzying array of unspoken associations to different finger movements and hand gestures. It does not only rediscover the possibilities and complexity of how hand movements can be done, but also creates a new language and specific communication protocol with Iris. The process hence creates a more imaginative, humane and mischievous relationship between Iris and participants.