Flora Rearing Agricultural Network (F.R.A.N.) is a project exploring plant and machine co-naturality.
The first iteration of F.R.A.N. is a performance and exhibition featuring the creation of a speculative blueprint for a new robotic network connected to nature.
Created during the first quarantine of COVID-19 in 2020
A backdrop of digital flora is linked to the artist's brainwave data, each flux in alpha-state seeding of new formations of sepals, petals, and leaves.
The performance and exhibition is an initial introduction to the physical construction of F.R.A.N., a networked robotic system to be built in 2021.
The network imagines new symbiotic arragements between humans, machines and ecologies.
F.R.A.N.的第一次迭代 是一项表演，旨在为与自然界连接的新机器人网络创建投机蓝图。 在2020年COVID-19第一次隔离期间创建
[n]ow we’re spawning a different kind of mutation, because we’re able to reconceive ourselves virally and instantly put that morphed and evolving regeneration into the world specifically so that it can be adapted and changed. So, where does that mutation leave us?
Is our sense of presence, and who we are, an appendage to how we are perceived?
2022 THE IMITATION GAME, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2021 🇺🇸 THIN AS THORNS, IN THESE THOUGHTS IN US, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles
2020 IN THE NAME OF FLOWER, Pearl Art Museum, Shanghai
2020 GÖTZENDÄMMERUNG, Haus der Kunst, Munich
2020 FLORA REARING AGRICULTURAL NETWORK, Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, Barcelona
2020 RE:MEMORY, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway
Concept by Sougwen Chung
Robotics & Visual Direction: Sougwen Chung
EEG Visualization: Sougwen Chung
Musical Score: Chris Leung
EMF/EEG Sound Composition: Wesley Goatley
Lead Producer: Haruka Wang
Hui, Yuk. Machines and Ecology, Angelaki Journal, 2020.
Giannachi, et al. Archaeologies of Presence: Art, Performance and the Persistence of Being. Routledge, 2012.
Rogoff, Irit. “Becoming Research.” The Contemporary Journal, 12 Oct. 2019,thecontemporaryjournal.org/issues/criticalpedagogies/becoming-research.
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.
Ecologies Of Becoming WithProject type
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 (2018)soon...
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.
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