Eric Siu Optical Handlers – eeyee, 2008
Optical Handlers – eeyee is a new interactive media project that consists of an optical goggle device constructed by the artist, which splits the vision into four channels. On May 11th the artist walked with the goggles from Location One to Union Square via Broadway by foot and subway, doing various mundane activities such as stopping into shops and having coffee. He was accompanied by a friend who was responsible for his safety and introduced him to people who want to interact with him.
The exhibition consists of a video of the street performance, a video of Eric’s vision through the goggles (namely four POV’s), a full goggle set up for use by one visitor at a time, and four little screens that allow the rest of the public to view what that person is experiencing. On display are also the Alien “eeyee” suit that Eric was wearing, as well as the Master suit worn by the friend. Both suits are meant to allow the public to “see through” him.
Eric received a diploma in digital media studies at IVE in 2001 followed by a B.A. at the School of Creative Media of the City University of Hong Kong in 2005. In 2005, he made his first trip abroad when he received an honorable mention at the Media Art Biennial in Poland for his eight-minute work Sliding Whites, becoming the first Hong Kong artist to win recognition at this prestigious event. Online: www.ericsiuart.com
Luis Nobre Hold It! 2008
Hold It! is an installation that creates a fantastical, sometimes hallucinatory vision of nature, the city and the artist’s studio. Visual play is generated by overlapping layers of drawings, ephemeral sculptures made of paper and cardboard, light wire objects, all constructed by Nobre in-situ. For the first time the artist also incorporates video into his work, with footage taken on the Williamsburg bridge, in Greenpoint, and in his native Portugal.
The coming together of all these elements whose scale, medium and density are so disparate, creates a vibration, a tension of line and meaning that feed the artist’s ongoing exploration of nature, survival and the “implications of the empty space” between the originally observed subject and its displayed rendition.