MFA Thesis Exhibit Leslie Rollins Electronic Integrated Arts

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Energetic Vessels: Flow-Through Transformation

My artist practice explores liminal space and documents psycho-ecologies experienced while interacting with non-human and human energies.

Invocation and response to othered actants offer a shared space which acknowledges full agency within rituals honoring co-creation of sound, shape, color, and pattern.

Image of Peregrine Offering, 2020
Peregrine Offering, 2020

Entity and material investigations are further engaged through intuitive improvisations for compositional systems, movement, machines, and performance.

Elemental transmissions are transmuted through a mythic audiovisual language developed to inscribe details of phenomena I’ve encountered during the generation and processing of materials with a toolset including hybrid synthesis, feedback systems, and site-specific field recordings.

One Frame from Peregrine Offering, 2020
One Frame from Peregrine Offering, 2020

Interactions are then further encoded as cartographies within vessels containing previously hidden energetic transmissions–witnessed, gathered, and preserved for future use and contemplation.

Installation view of Peregrine Offering & Re-Winging, 2020
Installation view of Peregrine Offering & Re-Winging, 2020
Barred Owl (Spiral Pyramid Form), 2020
Barred Owl (Spiral Pyramid Form), 2020
One Frame from Barred Owl (Spiral Pyramid Form), 2020
One Frame from Barred Owl (Spiral Pyramid Form), 2020
Falcon Flight through Lunar Orbit Lander Issues, 2020
Falcon Flight through Lunar Orbit Lander Issues, 2020
So Below (Mirrored Offering), 2020
So Below (Mirrored Offering), 2020
So Below, 2020
So Below, 2020
As Above, 2020

Jiayi Wang 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition Electronic Integrated Arts

INVISIBLE

“Making the invisible visible” is the major theme that I wanted to convey by my works during the graduate student period. For me, I prefer to know and perceive one thing by vision, hearing, or touch rather than some windy and abstract concepts. For example, time, data transfer, and the process of the forming of thoughts in our minds are all abstract which cannot be heard, seen, or touched. However, if I claim that one or some species on the earth or in the universe can perceive the “real entity” of the processes above, it is also credible. 

Everything involved with “change” is tangible. In the past, “tangible” and “intangible” are used to refer to entities from the perspective of eye vision. According to modern opinions, what cannot be captured by our naked eyes may not be called as “intangible” philosophically.

Interactive brain wave installation in the Immersive Gallery
Interactive brain wave installation in the Immersive Gallery

In other words, from the perspective of philosophy, the “invisible” may not be “intangible”. In short, as for a change, there is only the distinction between “visible” and “invisible” rather than between “tangible” and “intangible”. In addition, the world entities are divided into two types: one type refers to the tangible entity with a speed lower than the light speed or detected entities; the other type refers to the intangible entities with speed faster than the light speed, such as ether. Thus, the passing of time and information transfer are invisible, which need some mediums. The invisible world can be recognized by people in the visible world. This is dialectics.  

Prof. John Gill appreciating the video on flat screen
Prof. John Gill appreciating the video on flat screen
Audience member looking at thesis exhibition

“Making the invisible visible” means a lot to me. For example, if someone was shocked, he would sweat, heartbeat would become faster and pupil would enlarge, which are all external phenomena that can be seen by people, but what happened to this person’s internal world? What will happen to his brain? I am curious about these. In terms of time, the passing of time is visible but only through various watches which are a kind of tool to meet the demands of human beings who are the advanced animals, but many phenomena are the visible expression, including sunrise and sunset, the change of the four seasons and the change of shadows, etc. 


In my works, shadows, ices and brain waves are three mediums of expression.

Jiayi in thesis defense with professors

Photos by Jiayi Wang/ Aodi Liang

Yueyuan Gong “Open Your Eyes” 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition – Electronic Integrated Arts

Open Your Eyes

Open Your Eyes show title by YueYuan Gong
Image from Yueyuan Gong's Thesis Exhbition

An artist should open his or her eyes to behold the concepts and ideas which he or she is concerned about deep down inside. An artist should focus on elements and creation means used by him or her in artwork creations. This can help an artist deepen understanding of himself or herself. Why is it necessary for an artist to learn himself or herself? Self-exploration is an endless process for every person. A better understanding of oneself can provide the driving force for many artists’ artistic creations. This is also where my art creation starts. 

To me, art creation is a means for me to learn myself well. Every work of an artist is a display of himself or herself. Through the topic, elements, and creation mean demonstrated by the artwork, audiences can see the internal world of an artist. Take me for example. I am trying to open my eyes to see a more complete self by discussing darkness and brightness, the multicultural environment, culture of mechanical copy, decomposition and Cyborg aesthetics; the image of characters without a face, lunar eclipse, black hole, shaking face, bold colors, broken TV, all-permeating fog, grid, and pink school bag inserted with knives; my own employment of painting, video, animation, and sound editing and interactive media. During the process, my understanding of myself deepens. 

3 Channel Projection in the Immersive Gallery
3 Channel Projection in the Immersive Gallery
Large Format Digital Prints on 3ply Xuan Paper from China
Large Format Digital Prints on 3ply Xuan Paper from China
Thesis Defense
Thesis Defense

Yueyuan Gong 2018 MFA Thesis

Open Your Eyes

An artist should open his or her eyes to behold the concepts and ideas which he or she is concerned about deep down inside. An artist should focus on elements and creation means used by him or her in artwork creations. This can help an artist deepen understanding of himself or herself. Why is it necessary for an artist to learn himself or herself? Self-exploration is an endless process to every person. A better understanding of oneself can provide the driving force for many artists’ artistic creations. This is also where my art creation starts.

To me, art creation is a means for me to learn myself well. Every work of an artist is a display of himself or herself. Through the topic, elements and creation means demonstrated by the artwork, audiences can see the internal world of an artist. Take myself for example. I am trying to open my eyes to see a more complete self by discussing darkness and brightness, the multicultural environment, culture of mechanical copy, decomposition and Cyborg aesthetics; the image of characters without face, lunar eclipse, black hole, shaking face, bold colors, broken TV, all-permeating fog, grid, and pink school bag inserted with knives; my own employment of painting, video, animation and sound editing and interactive media. During the process, my understanding of myself deepens

3 Channel Projection in the Immersive Gallery
Large Format Digital Prints on 3ply Xuan Paper from China
Thesis Defense