開幕式： 2015/2/7 (六)上午10:00 ~12:00
With their work of light and shadow interactive art installation, “Waves in the Youth of Spring”, the transArt NCTU team and the Department of Electrical Engineering of NTHU have joined again to participate in this year’s New Year special exhibition, “Lantern” at the National Hsinchu Living Arts Center. Organizers have specially invited the transArt NCTU team and many traditional lantern artists to exhibit their works together. It is a wonderful opportunity for the collision of tradition and innovation, offering the audience a brand-new experience of the Lantern Festival full of contemporariness and ingeniousness. The 2015 New Year special exhibition carries on the exciting festival tradition with the ancient, exquisite craft of lantern, and promotes the new-emerging technology art with the creativity and vitality of the new generation. Let’s all enjoy as innovation and tradition collide to create sparks of limitless possibilities, lighting up the brilliant, dazzling lanterns for 2015, welcoming a whole new year to come.
“Waves in the Youth of Spring”, the light and shadow interactive art installation, blends the nature reality in life with the illusionary surroundings of green light, breaking up the time trail both inside and installation pieces the digital and the physical together, creating an illusionary flowing imagery in the time and space. Thus, the artists have created a virtual “spring”, and initiated vast poetic imagination from the audience:
From behind the gazing eyelids,
Swaying greenery first peeks.
Later from the swinging basket,
Waving spring overflows.
Swaying is the softness
Of flowing spring;
Waving is the green
Of springing youth.
Spring is a time full of vigor, a light spectrum full of color, a season brimming with youth. With the gentle breeze, everything seems soft and warm. Using the device of an accelerometer, mechanics, and semi-transparent gauze, the artists invite the audience to experience the splendor of spring waving and flowing before them. Through the interaction, the artists fill the exhibition space with fun and instant activeness. With mixed media, visual effect of intertwining light and shadow, and surrounding soundscape, it is as if the audience was in an enchanting illusion maze.
How to interact with “Waves in the Youth of Spring”?
“Waves in the Youth of Spring” is a joint production of the transArt NCTU team and the NTHU EE Cognitive Applications R&D Group. The NTHU team provides the triaxial sensor technique to detect the speed, action, and posture of the audience pushing the ball, the data of which is then used to interact with the work in various ways. There are three large spheres in the exhibition space. Once any of the three is pushed, the triaxial sensor will calculate the received data, convert it into control signals, and initiate the projected image’s change of color and speed of flow. In the meantime, the control signals will be transmitted to the small balls around the big balls, making them move accordingly, granting the audience a direct up close contact with the change of light and color in the splendor of spring, and the flow in the rhythm of light and shade, providing them with a perception experience of interacting in the wave of light and shadow. It is recommended that the audience push each big ball once in turn in an extremely short time, because it will start the three sets of sensors and the flowing image from the three projectors, creating an even more bright-colored imagery of spring.
Lighting up arts of lantern—2015 New Year special exhibition
Dialogue between the National Museum of the Hsinchu Life Aesthetics and the transArt team of NCTU
Q1: The visual effect of “Waves in the Youth of Spring” was designed by the transArt NCTU team, and the kinetic installation was designed and executed by the NTHU EE Cognitive Applications R&D Group. What is the inspiration or the chance that helped bring about the cooperation?
A: Since the exhibitions in 2014, “Off the Beaten Track”, a fiber optic art installation by Wen-Shu Lai, and “In My Tummy, In My Time”, an interactive art installation, the transArt NCTU team and the NTHU EE Cognitive Applications R&D Group have been working together. This time the NTHU team provides the 9-axis accelerometers to detect the movement and the change in speed as the balls move, so as to carry out all kinds of interactions.
Q2: It is reported that the transArt NCTU team used to exhibit their works in Taipei.How do you feel about this time exhibiting in the school’s local city of Hsinchu?
A: Since 2008, the transArt NCTU team has vibrantly exhibited works both overseas and in Taipei. Exhibiting at the National Hsinchu Living Arts Center this time is a very good opportunity to share with the people from Hsinchu the achievement of our team’s hard work over the years. In Hsinchu, institutions like NCTU, NTHU, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Hsinchu Science Park have been developing high technology. Over the years they have all, separately, worked and exchanged ideas with the NCTU team, hoping for more opportunities in the future to exhibit our achievements in Hsinchu, as to contribute to the local development of culture and art.
Q3: The National Hsinchu Living Arts Center has visitors with a wide age range,including children and senior citizens. Are you worried if such technology art would be less acceptable for the audience?
A: It is necessary to display detailed explanation for the works at the exhibition. Also, if we can arrange group guidance services for institutions to make reservations, then the approach of guidance can be adjusted according to the audience’s age, which would help people’s comprehension and participation.
Q4: The music used at this exhibition, widely different from the soft music usually heard at exhibitions, is a more spontaneous and ethereal sound effect, even a little odd. What was the idea behind the design of the music?
A: When we think of spring, we think of vitality everywhere. If we look closely, we will discover many unexpected wonders. The sounds designed for the exhibition are to make people prick up their ears and listen carefully, discovering the cadence of spring, spontaneous but with rhythm. Like many contemporary pieces of music, it might not seem acceptable for the general public at the start, but the novel auditory perception is exactly what the artists are looking for. They turn sounds into something more than just music, hoping to offer the audience an integral fusion of vision and audition. When put together with traditional lantern works, the sound is not deprived of its brilliance. Besides, among the works in this year’s Lantern Festival, many creative works seek novelty and change in tradition.
Q5: At an exhibition with various traditional lantern works, wide distinctiveness and disparate features are found, no matter visually or in terms of interactive experience. What kind of inspiration or realization has such combination brought you?
A: Transart never merely means technology art. It is more of a field-crossing, diversely mixed new possibility of art. Aside from a horizontal conversation between different domains or different cultures, it is also, in fact, at the same time a vertical transformation and a horizontal traverse. It can be seen, after intersecting interpretation and back-and-forth conversation, as newly sprouted greens from different civilizations and generations of old and new. Hence, “Waves in the Youth of Spring” being exhibited with many traditional lantern works opens up the conversation and exchange between tradition and contemporary art, and appears as another aspect of the new positioning and revival of traditional cultures.
Q6: For the light effect of the work to show, it requires a space that is almost completely dark. The audience responds that this seems quite different from the glorious splendor and colorful imagery of spring. Is it possible to explain to the audience the purpose of the lighting plan? Was it originally designed to be set in a dim space? Or is it a technical problem? Is there any chance for us to see a similar interactive art in a brighter space in the future?
A: “Waves in the Youth of Spring” is meant to create an imagery of spring with flowing light and shadow and gentle spring breeze in a pitch black exhibition space. Due to the condition of the space, so far we can only rely on projection equipment, digital image design, and mechanical interactive installation to achieve the change in light and color and the flow in the rhythm of light and shade, which would trigger the audience’s interactive perception experience. If we’d like to tackle the technical problem of the dim space, we could adjust the piece of gauze nearest to the front of the projector, allowing the image to be fully projected right in front of the gauze then go through the gauze and onto the sphere behind. That way it would be easier for the audience to see the dazzling colors of spring. However, to thoroughly create gorgeous, glowing colors of spring, we would need a different exhibition space, high lumen projection equipment, and different image designs. If there is a befitting exhibition opportunity and condition in the future, we would certainly be willing to create a work as such and share it with everyone.