BF: What is the primary focus of your creative enquiry?
YTC: Currently, I am interested in sound installations and performances, but the topics really vary, such as childhood memories, death, soundscapes. For me, the artworks question and express my thinking. So I believe my main creative inquiry will change and develop alongside my life experiences.
BF: How do you use technology in your artistic practice?
YTC: I usually get the concept first and then look at how I want to present it. When the core context is clear, I check and research the technical part from what I know, workshops and - Googling is definitely in the technological process - it is such a useful 'how to' tool.
For example, my current work "Whose Scalpel" is a sound performance combined with visual and 3D printed installation, realized with an application framework for medical image processing. I knew how to make the sound in Pure Data, and connect to Arduino but I had no idea how to produce 3D printed visual. So I spent some time learning the software on the internet to create the short 3D animation for the performance. I also got a lot of support and information from Fraunhofer MEVIS team and Ars electronica team for the 3D printed model and medical image in the piece.
If the technology really fits the idea of the artwork, even if I do not know how to use it initially, I will find a way to learn how to! Sometimes, it makes me so frustrated, but it actually makes the creative process so much more interesting and I am always learning more.
BF: What role do you think art plays in science?
YTC: One influences the other in reality, but if I have to focus on the art role in science, then, personally, I think art can explore science from a different place. Art is so flexible, it can look at new combinations and ideas coming from the sciences in a new way. It can imagine effects on society, and present scientific ideas to the public in a new more approachable way. I love the idea that scientists and audiences have more opportunity for discussion and open dialogue in our society.
In the second week of September, Taiwanese artist and Baby Forest Creator Yen Tzu Chang will perform her latest work, Whose Scalpel, at the ARS ELECTRONICA Festival in Linz, Austria, the world's leading festival where art meets technology meets society.