Iris is a pair of hands that communicates with participants by hand gestures solely. Through interacting with Iris, audience will then discover and create the language to “talk” with her, which leads to the investigation of human’s behavioral codes by manifesting hand gestures in a mischievous manner.
Iris is responsive to the audience’s hand gestures when they put theirs inside a designated device. Their hands are then projected and detected by a sensor. The gestures are scrutinized and responded by an array of rules that audience may explore through communication. Since the installation keeps learning the input gestures, the video database of different combinations of movements will expand persistently and act dynamically.
Through including human body as a context into a digital work, it expresses the merger of the organic and the digital, which can explore the potentials of art through using our bodies. When the interaction of hands is enlarged and projected, it produces dizzying array of unspoken associations to different finger movements and hand gestures. It does not only rediscover the possibilities and complexity of how hand movements can be done, but also creates a specific communication protocol with Iris. The process hence creates a more imaginative, humane and mischievous relationship between Iris and participants.
Kenny Wong (HK) and Chloe Cheuk (HK) graduated from School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. Through the digital languages, such as electronics, kinetics and moving image, as a collaborative group they would like to respond critically and emotionally to their cultural experience in their living city.
Chloe and Kenny’s works have selected respectively in various exhibitions in Asia, Middle East and Europe including FILE2014 – Electronic Language International Festival (Brazil), ISEA 20th International Symposium on Electronic Art (Dubai), Athens Video Art Festival 2014(Athens), and have been showcased the 3rd International Emerging Artist Award Exhibition (Dubai), the 11th Seoul International New Media Festival (Korea), the 19th HongKong Incubator for Film & Visual media in Asia (HK) and 10 Chancery Lane Gallery (HK).