Evolution


#Performance & installation
Year: 2022-2023


“Evolution” is an immersive audio-visual installation and performance that celebrates the vitality of inorganic materials. The project takes its inspiration from the physics phenomenon of Cymatics, which has demonstrated that certain substances can autonomously form complex patterns in response to vibrations. This phenomenon challenges the traditional understanding of life and poses the question: can inorganic materials be considered as life forms if they can respond to external stimuli? This project aims to inspire a new perception of non-living substances, and contribute to an ongoing philosophical debate on the nature of life and the relationship between the animate and the inanimate.

“Evolution” employs a digital-analog generative system that allows luminous powders and the sonic landscape to evolve together, freeing matter from its passive role. The sound is composed around the sonic textures collected from the material utilising a granulator and generative algorithm, directing the powders to move. Meanwhile, a live image recognition program employs particle behaviours to modulate the sound. Each element performs in response to the changes of the other, giving rise to a complex and dynamic system that challenges conventional notions of causality and interactivity.

This piece features a live moving image and a unique quadraphonic system where the four sound channels are splitted into a quad of transducers and monitor speakers. Through the immersive audiovisual experience, viewers are enveloped in a sonic haze that blurs the boundary between their individuality and the surrounding spatio-temporal structure. As the sound energy from the installation permeates their bodies, viewers are able to experience the vibrational environment in a manner akin to the non-living powders. This experience challenges traditional hierarchical perspectives and allows viewers to appreciate the power and agency of the non-human material world.

《进化》是一个体现无机材料生命力的视听表演及装置,其灵感来自于音流学;观众将被带入一个荧光粉末和声音场景间有机相互演变的沉浸式旅程。音流学中的物理现象反映出一些具有流体性质的物质会在振动环境下自主形成复杂的动态图案。非生命物质的这种活力令我们不禁思考,到底什么才能被定义为生命?如果无机材料表现出对外部刺激的反应能力,那么它们又能否被视为一种生命体?这个作品旨在呈现非生命材料中 "生命体 "的出现,以及它们与声波环境纠缠的复杂相互关系。我们希望引发人们对非生命体的新认知,并重新考虑我们与它们的关系。

在技术上,我们为该项目设计提供了一个数字信号及模拟信号的自组织系统。在这个系统中,粒子和声音震动环境相互适应并共同进化。声音设计主要围绕着从该材料中收集到的声音质感,利用粒子合成器和生成算法编制而成,引导着粉末的移动;同时,通过实时图像识别技术,粒子的行为也会对声音进行调制。

该作品主要由实时影像和独特的四声道系统组成。声卡的四个声道被拆分到四声道的表面声波传感器及四声道的扬声器中。来到该装置的中心,观众将感觉到自己被缩小,像粉末一样体验振动的环境。


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2022, Evolution | Performance
HD Live Moving Image, Stereo Sound, Projection, Transducers, Acrylic, Luminous Powder, Laser, Torch, 8:00


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2023, Evolution | Installation
HD Live Moving Image, Quadraphonic Sound, Projection, Transducers, Acrylic, Luminous Powder, White Sand, LED Strip, Infinite Duration


Co-director, co-producer: Bryan Yueshen Wu, Ke Peng
Visual performer: Ke Peng
Sound programmer: Bryan Yueshen Wu
Project advisor: Dr. David Meckin
Special thanks: Iklectik Artlab, Ronnie Deelen, Dr. Matt Lewis
Project developed at: Royal College of Art White City
Project exhibited at: RCA WIP Show, RCA White City
Project performed at: PASSAGE, Iklectik Artlab
Project performed at: White Noise, Iklectik Artlab