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Glimpse: a grain of truth
EEG-based brain-computer interface, lighting control system, painting, music
7 x 6 x 4 m; 23 x 20 x 13 ft (Width x Length x Height)

Realized via neurotechnology, the immersive installation senses and reflects the audience’s state of mind through optical illusions. Before entering, a viewer is invited to don an EEG-based brain-computer interface that analyzes her brainwaves. While viewing the paintings on the surrounding walls, her changing attention levels illuminate the room with light of different colors. Accordingly, the figures in the color-coded paintings seem to emerge from the dark silhouettes in the pale blue moonlight and then gradually disappear into the dilapidated house and landfill.

The paintings concern the contemporary throwaway culture and the power dynamics embedded in trash problems. Garbage is a mirror on our society, indicating the patterns of our consumption patterns and generational differences. What some people discard, others need to survive. Once the world’s largest importer of “foreign trash,” China has boosted its manufacturing sector at the cost of environmental problems, revealing social inequalities between classes and countries. This work envisions the earth turning into a wasteland, calling attention to the tradeoff of modernity.

浮光掠影 II
7 x 6 x 4 m; 23 x 20 x 13 ft (宽 x 长 x 高)