Today we’d like to introduce you to Kuan-Ju Wu.
Kuan-Ju, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Taiwan, an Island of electronics and nature. I was trained as an electronics engineer but often got lost in the labyrinth of drop ceiling and white clean room. I hated the life there so I ran out, started looking for things that could fill my emptiness. Then I found Arduino, Processing and Openframeworks. They are tools that make bridging technology and art easy, and the community of these tools are made of people like my kind – a hybrid.
I was still not satisfied so I started looking again. Later on, I met Nature. It’s the ultimate master piece of art and engineering, so much beauty and science detail in it which a lot of them we still don’t understand. In order to learn more, I started an artist collective called Natura Machina with my friend Mikhail. Hoping that through making new media art that inspired by nature through the technology that we know of, can we understand a bit more of the meaning of our role as Homo Sapiens living in this planet.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I always dream about specific scenes. Scenes that consist of shapes and movements from the nature, like moving cloud that reveals a dazzling sunset, or the dancing shadow caused by the swing branches and leaves.
They are probably some moments from my perceptual memories of the early childhood, those intuitive, rich and satisfying experiences, or pre-programed images embedded in my brain by whoever is remote controlling my consciousness. Anyway, I borrow facets from those scenes to build playgrounds. The places where people will feel being connected again. Connected to their younger selves.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
There are so many new technics for creating media art out there, such as AR/VR-art, bio-art, AI-art. For new media artists it’s hard to keep balance between technical nuance and the artistic uniqueness. Learning other artists’ struggle and successful stories definitely encouraging younger and more emerging artist find their paths.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I have shown work in such venues as Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe New Mexico, Beacon Art Building in LA, and the Hive Gallery in LA. To support my work please follow my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wu.kj/.
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