— Ecdysis is an audio-visual installation in which the biological process of ecdysis is interpreted as a 20 minute light spectacle synchronized with a live violin performance.

ECDYSIS experiments with performance and sculpture as environment to depict biological and architectural adaptation. 

In Ecdysis, kinetic light, scored by ambient sound, is cast on 36 interwoven planes, suspended in space by their tensional integrity. 

A culmination of contrasts, the experience of Ecdysis traces across gradients of the geometric and organic, the digital and the physical, the melodic and the dissonant. 


experiments in performative architecture and gestural, expressive interfaces



Installation, 2013

Viewers of the piece are invited to walk within the installation to experience the piece from multiple perspectives, rejecting the notion of audience as passive spectator as they themselves become enveloped forms within the world of Ecdysis.







Exhbition & Performance

Performances are 20 minutes in length. The work combines musical improvisation with dimensional light on a large scale tensegrity sculpture.




Sougwen Chung:
concept, composition


In Collaboration With

Praveen Sharma: Score

Michelle Higa Fox: Technical Direction
Chris Lunney: Technical Direction
Square Fabrication: Fabrication
Slanted Studios: Production
Amber Schaefer: Production


Wood, 3 10K Lumen Projectors, loud speakers 

Variable (suggested: w10m x h10m x d15m)

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works by sougwen

Entangled OriginsProject type

F.R.A.N. Flora Rearing Agricultural Network (2020)exploring machine and flora as part of a sympoietic, self-supporting networked system with human as gardener.

Exquisite Corpus (2019)a performance installation exploring human, machine, and ecological bodies

Omnia per Omnia (2018)a painting performance with a robotic swarm connected to the flow of a city

Into The Light (2019)an audiovisual AR installation

Artefacts (2019)a human and machine collaborative drawing

Drawing Operations (2018)a human and machine collaborative duet

Drawing Operations (2017)a human & machine drawing collaboration involving memory.

Drawing Operations (2015)a human & robot drawing collaboration involving mimicry

Chiaroscuro (2013)a spatial interplay of light and shadow as an immersive installation

Preparatory Gestures (2017)a series of sculpture studies in VR

Mycelia (2018)a series of sculptures inspired by bio-inspired cognition

Ecdysis (2013)a study in performative architecture

High Tide (Étude Op. 2, No. 4)a painting exploring the dynamics of change

The Limitless, The Absolute (2017)a painting inspired by the 八卦 Trigrams of the IChing

Cardia (2012)a short film depicting a transgression from interior to exterior

Apolysis (2014)a short film in collaboration with Clint Mansell

Untitled (Étude Op. 1, No. 1-4)a series of drawings exploring synesthesia

Chiaro Oscuro Prototypesa series of form studies with paper

Topographies (2015)a series of paintings inspired by nature and flow states

Dénouement (Recurrent fevers of unknown origin)




Sougwen 愫君 Chung is a Chinese - Canadian artist & (re)searcher based in London / New York / Hong Kong.

— Sougwen 愫君 Chung is a Chinese-born, Canadian-raised artist & (re)searcher based in London / New York / Hong Kong.

— Sougwen 愫君 Chung is a Chinese-born, Canadian-raised artist & (re)searcher based in London / New York / Hong Kong.

— Sougwen 愫君 Chung is a Chinese-born, Canadian-raised artist & (re)searcher based in London / New York / Hong Kong.


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