INTERVIEW: CHUAN CHING HO | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: CHUAN CHING HO

Interviews | January 15, 2024 |

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Interview: Chuan Ching Ho
Luca Curci talks with Chuan Ching Ho during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, second event of SENSES ART FAIR 2023, at Medina Art Gallery in Rome.

I am a digital artist, and motion graphics is the main medium I use to explore the depiction of mental states and the relationship between visual perception, emotions, and auditory encounters. My creative process starts with a single word, a sentence, or even an audio clip. I transform these into visual elements, imbuing static images with fluid motion to create a dynamic visual effect. My artworks are inspired by textual descriptions, phonic experiences and emotional experiences. Due to my multicultural background, I find it fascinating how various languages offer different ways of describing the same subjects and the unique manner in which languages express ideas truly captures my attention. I intend to visualize and embody textual descriptions, cognitive processes, and sensory perceptions, encompassing elements including written words, auditory stimuli, and emotional sensations. In my work, “Before even beginning”,” I visualize the juncture where a new idea emerges suddenly, and the process of conceptualizing this new idea. By blending motion graphics with linguistic exploration, my art seeks to create a connection between the viewer’s senses and the diverse facets of human cognition.

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Chuan Ching Ho –
Art is a way to visualize my thoughts, the process of imagination, and personal experiences. Through art, I can express my innermost emotions, perspectives, and feelings using various forms and mediums, sharing them with an audience or evoking resonance. This process of expression can be deeply personal or a reflection of society, culture, or the times, offering a diverse and rich mode of communication.

LC – What are you currently working on?
CCH –
Due to my fascination with creating based on perceptions of things, I’m currently working on two projects. One is inspired by my interpretation of a particular state of things, while the other originates from a new friend I recently met. After hearing their name and story, I felt compelled to create a piece. Both projects are presented in the form of motion graphics, and I’m experimenting with new techniques in both. They’re still a work in progress, and I’m unsure of the outcome. However, I’m planning to share them with ITSLIQUID when the opportunity arises.

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LC – What issues do you intend to deal with in the future?
CCH –
Integrating 3D elements into my artwork has been a longstanding aspiration of mine. However, my proficiency in 3D software is still a work in progress. I’ve been consistently encouraging myself to accumulate knowledge and learn at a steady pace, with the hope that I’ll be able to seamlessly Incorporate 3D tools into my personal creative endeavours in the future. I believe this addition will significantly augment the richness, depth, and expressive capacity of my artistic output, allowing for a more multifaceted and immersive experience for both myself as the creator and the audience engaging with my work.

LC – Is there an unrealised or unrealisable project, even a crazy one, that you
would like to work on?
CCH –
Actually, I’m not entirely sure if this will come to fruition as I’m still pondering the conceptual narrative for this project. I’ve had a persistent desire to create a large-scale motion graphics mapping piece, perhaps portraying an imagined world space where various states unfold. This is just a very initial idea at the moment and is subject to potential changes as I continue to develop it. However, what I can confirm is my intention to primarily present it through projection and install some interactive designs within this space. This way, the audience can have a more tangible experience within the envisioned world space I aim to create.

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LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
CCH –
Anything can spark my inspiration, whether it’s seeing an architectural ornament, or a graphical pattern, hearing a piece of music, or encountering a narrative. Even meeting a new friend can ignite my imagination. For instance, when I encounter visual images, I start imagining how I could animate them. After envisioning the animation, I explore what happens next. Similarly, when I hear music or a story, I
begin visualizing how the rises and falls in the music or narrative could be complemented visually. Everyday occurrences like these often become the seeds from which my creative projects grow. Recently, I met a new friend named Lotus. He’s a software engineer who has a keen interest in new technologies and sciences. He finds solace in baby blue, mentioning it’s a calming color for her. He loves coding and problem-solving but dislikes the lifestyle in San Francisco and LA, describing it as robotic and monotonous for everyone. Instead, he adores New York, where he feels more connected to humanity. Additionally, he has a fondness for cute things and heartwarming stories. I find it intriguing to notice some conflicting qualities in this friend, which sparks my curiosity and inspiration. Therefore, I’ve started working on a motion piece inspired by her. In this piece, I’m experimenting with new techniques, aiming to portray the aspects of her programming background. It’s a work in progress, but I’ll definitely
share it with you all when it’s ready!

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of
the exhibition?
CCH –
I like ITSLIQUID often emphasizes contemporary art that merges different mediums and expressions. The vision often revolves around exploring the intersection of art, architecture, design, and more, fostering innovative and diverse artistic narratives. Regarding exhibition themes, I also like you curate thought-provoking themes, offering a platform for artists to explore various concepts, societal issues, or aesthetic paradigms. The themes are wide-ranging, from environmental concerns to social justice, from technology’s impact on society to personal narratives. These themes provide a framework for artists to delve into and interpret, fostering a diverse range of artistic expressions within their exhibitions.

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LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the
exhibition’s theme?
CCH –
I think my artwork “Feeling Good” aligns with the theme of the exhibition, “SENSES INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR,” in several ways. My motion graphics piece, centred around capturing joy, positivity, and optimism, directly resonates with the theme of the senses. The theme of senses explores how art interacts with and stimulates our senses— how it engages with our perceptions, emotions, and experiences. My artwork, through its vibrant and dynamic animations, directly engages the viewer’s senses. It’s a visual journey that taps into the emotions of joy and positivity, invoking a sensory response in the audience. The colorful and lively animations create an immersive experience, capturing the essence of feeling good, which is directly connected to the theme of evoking emotions and sensations through art. By celebrating unexpected transformations that uplift and make us feel good, my artwork embodies the exhibition’s theme by actively engaging the viewers’ senses, particularly their visual and emotional experiences, aligning perfectly with the theme of the exhibition, which explores the impact of art on our senses.

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LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
CCH –
I admire ITSLIQUID. About three months ago, I had just started my journey as an artist when I submitted my artwork. I was incredibly fortunate that my motion graphic piece was chosen by your team. From that point on, your team has been extremely attentive, guiding me through each step and keeping me informed, making me feel involved throughout the process. However, as I began submitting my work to other exhibitions or galleries, I found something particularly admirable about your approach: your genuine dedication to supporting diverse creators. You don’t confine yourselves to traditional painting; my works mostly involve digital motion graphics/videos. Currently, many galleries and exhibitions aren’t as open to receiving these types of works as they are to traditional imagery, perhaps due to considerations about exhibition equipment. Nonetheless, I’m deeply impressed by your commitment to showcasing and supporting video/motion graphics artworks! Thank you so much!

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LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
CCH –
I’ve addressed related questions in my previous response. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the exhibition opening in Rome this time. I believe being there in person could have allowed me to provide a more comprehensive answer to this question. But I’m truly grateful for the opportunity. I’ll eagerly await the shared documentation and photos from the event! Thank you again!

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
CCH –
Of course! I highly recommend collaborating with you. As I mentioned earlier, your support for showcasing diverse types of artwork offers opportunities for various creations to be exhibited. When I first submitted my work to you, I was just starting, but I’ve grown fond of your themed calls. Sometimes, I find inspiration from your themes and consider creating related pieces. Therefore, I’m motivating myself
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