Interview: Che-Yu Wu
Luca Curci talks with Che-Yu Wu during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2022, at ITSLIQUID ART SPACE – Venice Grand Canal.
Che-Yu Wu is a new media artist dedicated to intergrade art and computer science. After acquiring a master’s degree in Integrated Digital Media from New York University, he led a development team of interactive design in an A.I. company. His VR/AR and creative coding skills allow him to build an immersive audio-visual experience. The artist’s generative artworks have been shown worldwide and have influenced many creators over Art Blocks and Foundation. Wu’s online courses on creative coding and new media art have inspired tens of thousands of students in Asia. Currently based in New York City, Wu is the founder of Monoame Design and has worked with Taipei City Government, National Palace Museum, Nissan, and White Castle, to name a few. “I draw inspirations from nature, physics, modern art, mathematics, and music to create compounding algorithmic works, explore the border between art and engineering, and establish unparalleled interactive experiences”.
Luca Curci – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
Che-Yu Wu – I usually set a timer for an hour or so. It helps me to be fully focused and get into the flow. My works reflect the technique I am exploring and the reflection on my life. I want to capture every unspoken feeling and present it with an organic visual language structured by mathematical logic. I paint with math.
LC – How is your creative process?
CYW – My larger skill set is creating immersive artwork, including interactive generative art and music. I have had a deep dive into creative coding for many years and have taught thousands of students. My inspirations come from different directions. Sometimes a conversation with a student or a client triggers me to dream big.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
CYW – My artworks are focused on integrating nature and technology through creative coding. After spending decades on computer science, music, and drawing, I realized technology and nature have converged in my body. This phenomenon is embodied through my fingers and the scientific accomplishment of human beings. It is always a beautiful experience to see the organic outcome of a logical computing process.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
CYW – The logic behind physics, math, and music has always been the language to express my feelings and the understanding of contemporary society. Through creative coding, I build a structure to visualize the rules this world gravitates toward.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
CYW – As an artist, I believe art empowers our bodies to make society better. My art traces my existence and the intention to inspire the viewers to empower themselves to practice creativity.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
CYW – The pandemic has brought the world to an unprecedented situation where people are isolated and connected absurdly. I want to explore and capture a more profound sense of self while presenting a new way of understanding our identity under the influence of current global affairs.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event? And What are your suggestions about our services?
CYW – The event shows my works to a larger audience that I have not imagined. The communication is efficient and smooth. I wish the artists get to decide how the works are presented.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
CYW – It is very professional and inclusive. It cares about every artist’s voice and brings excellent exhibition quality.