Cultivation (2004)

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  • Acrylic Board, Digital Prints, 3D Animation, Motor Turntable, LED light, DVD
  • Player80 x 80 x 70 cm (each) x 42004Art Center of National Taiwan University of Arts
  • Wha-Shan Art District, Taipei
  • Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, China

The development of 3D computer animation has revolutionized our understanding of images; it has also changed the human experience and ability to identify real and fake images. Computer generated audio and special effects can create highly realistic images, and has even been able to imitate the forms of real people.

The main objective of “Cultivation” is to criticize the research and development of genetic engineering, which grows human beings as some sort of object. This clean, sterile, and inorganic process is actually highly similar to the composition of 3D animation (use wireframes to create form, add texture and light, and it becomes a “life-like” 3D image)! Therefore, I decided to use 3D animation to visualize the formation of a female body. This was done to represent genetic engineering’s electronic and inorganic form of nurturing and to criticize the rigidness and absurdity of this form of technology. In addition, “Hothouse flower” is a term used to describe someone (usually a woman) who is high-maintenance and needs to be protected and pampered in a safe environment. Therefore, I used transparent acrylic to make something that looked like a space capsule to cover the flower boards. Each acrylic flower board was rotated 360 degrees by powered turntables to echo the rotation of the animated 3D female figure. This represents the life of a “species” that can only exist in the greenhouse (an experimental space that’s clean, sterile, and isolated), as well as its process of production and nurturing.

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