Temperature and humidity sensitive print
Edition of 10
Dimensions: 30cm (H) x 30cm (W) / 11.8" (H) x 11.8" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
The 24 Solar Terms (二十四节气), knowledge in traditional East Asian lunar-solar calendars, are developed through observation of the sun's annual circular motion. Originated in China, solar terms respond to the needs of seasonal rules and weather and disaster forecast in the traditional agricultural society. Liu Chang’s series “The Flow of Nature” uses computer-generated images to represent each solar term. By substituting the historical extreme values of weather parameters such as temperature, humidity, and wind speed of each solar term, the 24 solar terms are abstracted into many interconnected weaving patterns, akin to fragments extracted from time. Applying data-visualization method, the work thus encompasses phenological information, cultural elements, and real meteorological data. The artist plans to collect more weather data in the future, therefore we will be able to see the clues and traces of climate changes from the changes in the work in the following years.
“The Flow of Nature” series features computer-generated animations in series and 24 prints. In each animation, digitized solar terms appear in turns and circulate endlessly; by contrast, in the prints produced by Chengdu-based apartment silkscreen studio “Happy Town,” each solar term is frozen into a frame of a still image. Among them, there are four interactive prints titled Lichun (the Beginning of Spring), Lixia (the Beginning of Summer), Liqiu (the Beginning of Autumn) and Lidong (the Beginning of Winter). When the humidity and temperature changes, patterns on the four prints will change accordingly. Liu has always been interested in the interaction between people, machinery, and nature, and “The Flow of Nature” series further brings into her interest the temporal dimension. The entire group of interactive prints can only be fully appreciated upon the completion of a full cycle in each year. As Liu suggests: “I hope there is a kind of interaction that is subtle, silent, circuit-free, and even touchless. Temperature, humidity, tactile sensations are exactly the elements that occur naturally throughout our body and interact with us all the time.”
The work is on show at Fou Gallery, from July 14, 2018 to September 23, 2018, at Liu Chang: The Light of Small Things.
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Based in: Shanghai and New York
Graduated from the Interactive Telecommunications Program of New York University, New York (M.P.S), Liu Chang is a visual artist based in New York and Shanghai. Liu is a co-founder of Hibanana Studio, an artists alliance studio, focusing on visual art, live visual performance, audiovisual installation, coding art and interactive installation. She is currently teaching at NYU Shanghai, New York University. Liu Chang’s work has been frequently exhibited in China, the United States and South America. Her recent shows include Liu Chang and Miao Jing: Inside the Time at Littles, Chengdu (2018); FILE Festival, Media Art at FIESP Cultural Center, Sao Paulo (2015/2016/2017); Currents Festival at Santa Fe (2017); Double Vision – The Culture China Overseas Chinese Women’s Invitational Exhibition at He Xiangning Museum, Shenzhen (2014); The First International Contemporary Design Exhibition at Power Station of Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai (2013). In October 2016, she had her first solo exhibition in New York at Fou Gallery. In July 2018, she has her second solo exhibition at Fou Gallery - The Light of Small Things.
Liu’s practices range from audiovisual installation to algorithmic art and interactive installation. She currently focuses on computational art and expands her interests into different mediums.
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