Interactive Art Installation:

tHE FALSE MAGRITTE

THE FALSE MAGRITTE contains both participatory performance and interactive installation which references Belgian surrealist artist Rene Magritte. THE FALSE MAGRITTE stands on the purpose of challenging audience’s preconditioned perceptions of reality - Magritte’s surrealist within his numbers of “witty and thought-provoking images”.  THE FALSE MAGRITTE extends art scene from where the art piece finally presents to the places where it produces and grows. 32 volunteers are invited to perform “arrogant” in front of camera by using their facial expression, body movement, and stage property. Their performance is collected, edited and played as idiosyncratic, symbolic, and expressive materials in the interactive installation - as one object of conversation - facing directly to the audience.  In this work, Magritte’s “canvas” and “symbols” are being “stage” and “props” which are involving the audience in dynamics. In addition to thinking about diversity of stitching, penetration, and even conflict between audience, artwork, space, and time, THE FALSE MAGRITTE hopes to explore how performativity and interactivity, either for meaning-maker or/and for meaning-encounter, could integrate new forms of artistic expression or/and audience experience “beyond” traditional alignment and presentation. Moreover, THE FALSE MAGRITTE tried to dig out how performativity and interactivity could make artist and audience from being two separate roles of making/viewing an art piece to being together creating and blooming an art experience.

special thanks go to performance participants: 张会; 黄芳; 缪静茹; 赵唯嘉; 张玉荣; 张怡珺; 陈殊; 王雅婧; 贺云琪; 张宇辰; 吴新宇; 郑锦程; 周冰; 汤秋蕊; 李雍; 逯瑞洁; 吕玲; 潘高琪; 盛火花; 赵凡凡; 严卓; 张小雪; 刘青; 冒婕; 陈依婷; 王令媛; 梦竹; 叶涛; 陈碧琪; 李珂心; 岳宇辉; 訾然

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The Mysteries of the Horizon (Les mystères de l'horizon)  René Magritte, 1955   50cm*65cm oil on canvas

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THE FALSE MAGRITTE-The Horizon of Arrogant  still image/gif image from participatory performance

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THE FALSE MAGRITTE-The Horizon of Arrogant rendered image from Processing+Arduino code, participatory performance arranged in PHOTO STUDIO A109 at Nanjing Forestry University in May of 2018. At the current stage, ultrasonic sensor collects the visitor’s distance data and maps into different gifs scenarios which collected from 32 performance participants.

student assistant: 赵唯嘉Zhao Weijia, 张怡珺Zhang Yijun, 严卓Yan Zhuo, and 汤秋蕊Tang Qiurui

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THE FALSE MAGRITTE-The Horizon of Arrogant  film and images from the demo showcase in LG -1.17a LaPlace at Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands) in June of 2018. The entire installation space is 5m*6m*4m. The projected range is 3m*2.5m by EPSON INSTALLATION PROJECTOR EB-Z10000.

sound and film: Yu Zhang; technology support: Mathias Funk