Second Life : Habitat 棲息地
The installation consists of a breeding chamber in which thousands of mosquitos are bred during the exhibition. The mosquitoes go through all stages of their lifecycle until their life is ended by a bug zapper. Each dead mosquito creates an electric signal to the computer system, that converts them into avatars. These computer-generated avatars then became virtual human beings, whose activity in virtual space can be controlled by the audience. Every time the avatar’s life is automatically terminated by the system, the ‘food’ (blood donated by the artists) for the mosquitoes is released from the blood feeder to which a transfusion device is connected. In this way, the dead provide nutrition for the next generation of mosquitos and hence, the life-avatar-energy-electric signal marks a complete cycle. Through the work, the artists examine the meaning of life in the digital era.
Collaborator: Prof. Huang Rong-Nan, National Taiwan University – Department of Entomology
- BIOGRAPHY OF THE ARTIST/S
Hsien-Yu Cheng (TW) explores the relationship between human behavior, emotion, software and machine. He tries to bring out the meaning of life through his works that are filled with his own observation and feelings toward society and environment. He focuses on bioelectronic researches, intelligent sound and developing creative art tools.
Ting-Tong Chang (TW) received his MFA at Goldsmiths, University of London, and has exhibited internationally. Chang’s major awards include the 19th Taishin Arts Award, Taipei Art Award 2020, Hong Kong Art Central RISE Award 2016 and others. His works can be found in public and private collections in Europe and Asia.