Hometown: Hong Kong
Lives and Works: Boston
Alan Kwan was born in 1990 in Hong Kong, China. Kwan attained his BA in Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong in 2012, followed by an MSc in Art, Culture and Technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, USA in 2016. Kwan currently lives and works in Boston, MA, USA.
Alan Kwan transforms his personal experiences through the mediums of film, video games, and immersive virtual reality to study the nature of pain, human memories, and simulation technology. Kwan is an independent filmmaker and media artist. With more than 10 years of filmmaking experience, he wanted to use technology to bring cinema to another level, which prompted him to transfer invented ideas from real life to film. In Kwan’s Bad Trip (2012), the artist used a video camera mounted on his glasses to document his life. Having started this in November 2011, the artist has produced an expanding database of digitised visual memories. Using custom virtual reality software, Kwan has created a virtual mindscape that people can navigate to experience the artist’s memories and dreams. The virtual world is perpetually evolving as he loads fresh virtual memories every night.
Kwan’s previous projects were shown at international venues including the Ars Electronica Centre in Austria, the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Germany, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Shanghai. In 2015, Kwan was awarded first prize by the MIT Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts. Other recent accomplishments include the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council Award for Young Artist (Media Art) for his body of work that combines art and technology.
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