I am a terrestrial artist and creative technologist born in China and currently live in New York. I create interactive installations, websites, and generative art with computational media. My main focus is how interactive media can expand human sensory experience and rethink us humans’ relationship to nature.



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 Autopoiesis

2021



Processing, Fluid Simulatioin, Projection
Autopoiesis is an audiovisual projection work that simulates biomass bloom in optimal conditions. It uses glowing patterns and ambient biological noise to create a vigorous and overwhelming experience. This piece refers to the paradox of algal bloom both as an environmental hazard, as well as, a biofuel factory.

As the most ancient organism, cyanobacteria make up most algal blooms while assimilating atmospheric carbon dioxide and producing around 70% of the earth’s oxygen. The soundtrack consists of individual faint sound pieces produced by cyanobacteria’s oxygen-containing bubbles. Computation with abstract representation makes it possible to interact with this invisible and rarely heard action. Thus calling into question humanity’s essential reliance on oxygen and its circulation within earth’s system.   





© 2022 Yan Shao