创想计划采访 | Interview by Creators Project

日常应用的解构者:
与UFO媒体实验室 / 肉媒体见面
Deconstructing Functionality:
Meet UFO Media Lab and MeatMedia
2012

日常应用的解构者:与UFO媒体实验室 / 肉媒体见面

既然现代人已经无法逃避科技,那何不干脆把自己投入其中,以科技作为最有效的工具来传达自己的目的呢?这是来自杭州的两位艺术家吴珏辉和邵鼎的创作理念,他们成立的UFO媒体实验室肉媒体是两个不同性质而相辅相成的艺术团体,号召艺术家和技术员共同合作,通过实验、研究和开发的项目来探索社会化的应用。

吴珏辉和邵鼎两人都有剧场表演的背景,他们将剧场中的观众互动与交流特性融合在其制作的装置作品中,行为艺术、舞台、奇观的成分都是他们用来创作的元素。而我们该如何区别UFO媒体实验室与肉媒体呢?吴珏辉向我们解释道:“UFO媒体实验室有很多理论、原型、和创意是来自肉媒体。它致力于艺术与科技,理论和应用之间的价值转化,具有公众社会性和盈利性,机构运作主要表现,如建筑投影作品,艺术节开幕式演出,公共艺术装置等。” 最令人难忘的作品之一,莫过于在2012年创项计划全球巡展:北京站展览中,与时尚设计师Vega Zaishi Wang合作为她的特别系列Alpha Lyrae制作的3D投影舞台。

而肉媒体,吴珏辉说:“是由新媒体艺术家发起的非盈利性艺术团体,作品偏向于艺术家自我观念的表达,成员包括常驻艺术家和合作艺术家、合作工程师、合作设计师、合作工程师等,其成员日常创作偏向实验性”。清华大学神经工程研究室就是肉媒体紧密合作的机构之一,这样跨学科研究碰撞出了像脑电站2号的互动装置,是一个连接了传感灯泡的头盔,戴上头盔的人可以经由自己脑部活动产生的脑波传递到灯泡来改变灯光的明亮。

“我们试图去结构正常化的日常应用,来完成一种对自我状态的感知,” 吴珏辉在以上的视频中说道。为了重新发掘不同的感知,来提供观众对世界和艺术的一个新鲜的体验方式,他们很愿意在不同科技手段中寻找其独特的可能性。”媒体艺术还有它可以玩的空间和领域,它是很宽广的一个范畴,我们觉得有必要和很有价值让更多人知道和体验到它的生命力和新鲜感。“

 

Deconstructing Functionality: Meet UFO Media Lab and MeatMedia

These days technology is inescapable, so you might as well immerse yourself in what it has to offer and use it to your benefit. At least, that’s the reasoning behind the work ethic of Chinese artists Wu Juehui and Shao Ding, who head upUFO Media Lab and “virtual lab” MeatMedia — two different art organizations that compliment each other, calling together artists and technologists to work and explore the social applications of technology through experimental and R&D projects.

Both Juehui and Ding have a theatre background, and they incorporate some of the tricks they learnt from that trade in their installations, building on their theatrical foundation to create works that filter the experience of technology through performance, spectacle, and architectural forms. The difference between UFO Media Lab and MeatMedia, Wu explained to us, is that “UFO Media Lab takes concepts, prototypes and technical theories developed by MeatMedia, and turns them into social, public or commercial artworks.” Whether that be site-specific work or experimental pieces like their collaboration with Vega Zaishi Wang for The Creators Project, the intergalactic fashion show Alpha Lyrae.

MeatMedia, the nonprofit counterpart of UFO is initiated by new media artists. Their output is more conceptual and self-expressive by members including residency artists, engineers, designers and programers, who all experiment together. MeatMedia’s cross-disciplinary practice often joins forces with research academies such as Tsinghua University’s The Institute of Neural Engineering, producing artworks such as the Brain Station 2. The headset features a lightbulb affixed to a helmet that’s controlled by the wearer’s brainwaves. “The purpose was to deconstruct the usual function of things.” Juehui says of the piece in the video above. “With these projects we rediscover our conditions.”

The pair are happy to use whatever technology it takes to rediscover these conditions, as long as they can present their audience, and the uninitiated, with a fresh way of seeing the world—and art. “There is a lot of space for media art to grow.” notes Juehui, “It’s a very broad idea. It’s also necessary and meaningful to introduce it to the general public so people can recognize its vitality and freshness.”

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http://creatorsproject.cn/blog/日常应用的解构者-与ufo媒体实验室/肉媒体见面.html
http://thecreatorsproject.com/blog/deconstructing-functionality-meet-ufo-media-lab-and-meatmedia.html

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