Thesis Proposal: April 11th, 2014
Chang Liu, Graduate Seminar II, Professor Liz White
Tentative Title: Distance
Interactive Arts MFA, Spring 2015 (anticipated)
Distance is an interactive video installation that reacts according to changes between the
audience and screen. Distance will be presented as a screen with three independent
panels(screens) and stereo. The contemporary urban landscape in Beijing is my main
visual content, and my concern is the increasingly austere environmental problem in
I will make an interactive video installation. I plan to archive a project through a
chronological visual journal which documents the daily smog of Beijing weather. Finally, I
will integrate the images with my other visual materials, in combination with video effect
and interactive function. I will put ultrasonic sensors into installation to detect the distance
between audience and screen, then utilize programming software to direct the visual
content and affects accordingly.
When I first time to think about my thesis project, I feel like I am very fascinated in
landscape, color spectrum.Then, I had a trip in San Francisco which is a beautiful city
famous for its natural environment. Except immersed in the wonderful landscape, I
realized what is my really concern about and what kind of experience that I want to create
and share with my audiences through my art work.
I have researched color theory and the relationship between eye and screen in order to
further understand more knowledge about visual perception. I found visual perception is
different according to the artists’s perspective, from small pixel by Seurat, to large pixel by
Roy Lichtenstein, to visual amplification by Chuck Close, as well as 3D pixels from James
Clar and so on. In my perspective, human and nature, they originally had a very intimate
distance, but due to pollution and urban development, we have manufactured an artificial
landscape, and may have lost nature forever. What kind of landscape would I like to
provide to my audiences? What’s the specific distance that stand for the natural and
artificial landscape, which can also convey my idea about “approach and destroy”? Is the
manufactured（destroyed）landscape is a kind of new landscape? I think the boundary is
Distance about amplification and contraction. I try to make my audiences use their body as
a scale-zoom to explore the subtle change. The change of visual part may related to
amplification vision from microscope or in unusual resolution.
I need to complete and refine my concept. Then I need to find out what method is the best
for production of video. In addition, I need to figure out what kinds of video effect I need
utilize and program in my coding software, such as Max or Processing, as well as Arduino.
Another, I need purchase ultrasonic sensors and test it in my project.
I have done some audiovisual installations over the past several years. Some of them are
immersive audiovisual video installation, and some of them are spatial installation in real
spaces. I think distance is a interesting topic that not only integrate my previous
experience, but also inspires me about the interaction process that I am currently studying.
Required Materials or Resources:
3-5 LCD/Projector, MAC Mini Computer, Ultrasonic Senors