Chan Wan Kyn

Artwork 1 is a Winner!

Path Project: Purdue (Day 4)

Artwork 1 Details :

The Path Project is digitally generated from real life GPS and light intensity data. Unlike pieces that use A.I. or Machine Learning, each of these "light walks" are preplanned by me and have elements that are determined by the environment and nuances of the path that I take. This particular piece marks one of my last days in Purdue University, my second home for the past 6.5 years, before I moved back home to Singapore. Occasionally, I set an end goal, but rarely is that the true ending of the walk. The data is then post-processed and organized in an easy-to-use manner from JSON and Arduino sensor data to a CSV/text file. Through experiments in Javascript, each dataset can manifest itself through various simple representations that range from circles to lines, still images to looping animations. The GPS and light intensity data (i.e. longitude, latitude and light intensity) were mapped to the L*a*b* colour values, illustrating their similarity in providing us a form of "location" as we navigate these spaces. Thus far, the countries that I have been blessed to take these walks through are limited to Singapore and USA, I want to believe that in the near future, there will be opportunities to explore different cities, countries and continents through walks of light.

Artist/ Collective Bio:

Chan Wan Kyn (b. 1994, Singapore) graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2019 and 2021 respectively from Purdue University, and was the pioneer class of SOTA, Singapore. Pursuing engagements at the interface of art and engineering, he continually seeks to meld Art and Engineering into a harmonious hybrid that will inspire people to see connections between the subjects that lie on opposite ends of the academic spectrum, and to create inspirational and aesthetically pleasing works of art. Performative documentation such as Lux (2021), have taken him on meditative journeys through Singapore’s Green Corridor, allowing a time of reflection where the urban meets the natural environment in Singapore and is now a continuing project.


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