ALL IS A TRANSIENT DREAM

Yishuai Zhang

In Daniel Quinn’s novel ‘Ishmael’, an interspecific dialogue unfolds between a jellyfish and a gorilla. The conversation is about the evolution of different species. As a result, jellyfish reluctantly took the honour being a pinnacle of the evolutionary process because they proceed strictly on the basis of ‘observation, logic and the scientific method’. Their 96 percent water entities mock at the omnipresent aggrandisement of human beings as the essence of all creatures. Jellyfish are bio-machines, emotional AI and a multi-layered interconnected conscious web.

With the help of computation, ‘All is a transient dream’ simulates a temporal-spatial dialogue between ‘gorilla’ and ‘jellyfish’, physical and virtual, organisms and machines, hence in this project, performers and an interactive system that materialises itself through the imitation of jellyfish as well as the dancing motion of the performers. This interactive performance intends to illustrate a dynamic relationship between organisms and machines through a series of visual effects, improvised dancing and tailored soundtrack.


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Yishuai Zhang

Yishuai Zhang is an artist and researcher specializing in the demystification of the entanglement between art and science. His artworks intend to explore and navigate a spectrum of dynamic resonance between organisms and machines based on the progression of his interdisciplinary research across biophysics, computation and art. He makes works in various media from painting, installations and performance, to digital and computational expressions. His practice incorporates a consistant concern for "fluid equilibrium" and concept he conveyes though several media to create an extension of aesthetics: from the perception of visible things with natural organs to the perception of invisible things with the help of computation. His work simulates metaphysical reality to bring the meaning of art into more aspects of this current reality.

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Thing power  Bodies in relation  Multispecies rehearsal   live  audio visual  performance  

Yishuai Zhang

Yishuai Zhang is an artist and researcher specializing in the demystification of the entanglement between art and science. His artworks intend to explore and navigate a spectrum of dynamic resonance between organisms and machines based on the progression of his interdisciplinary research across biophysics, computation and art. He makes works in various media from painting, installations and performance, to digital and computational expressions. His practice incorporates a consistant concern for "fluid equilibrium" and concept he conveyes though several media to create an extension of aesthetics: from the perception of visible things with natural organs to the perception of invisible things with the help of computation. His work simulates metaphysical reality to bring the meaning of art into more aspects of this current reality.