Flirting Goblets, this project is a series of kinetic products designed to facilitate social interaction. A feathered device is connected to each goblet, serving as an avatar for a person to gently touch the world. When users are holding the goblets and cheering during dinners or parties, the feathers, controlled by the sensors, will start to “flirt” by waving to one another in a humanized manner. The goblets become the props that visualize intimacy and help people break the ice in an implicit but playful way.
The Aerial is an participatory installation for 2017 ACAW Opening Event. The work is comprised of hundreds of delicate uncanny ‘creatures,’ in each of which a feathered ‘head’ is connected to three pointy ‘legs’ at the bottom via a long slim ‘neck.’ The work is inspired by the visual of the incense burner from Han Dynasty in ancient China, which usually features a paradise where animals of various kinds reside and frolic. Guests are encouraged to use the bottom of each ‘creature’ as a fork and play with it while mingling with each other in a breezy atmosphere.
Lamenting on the elapsed of Time, “Green Fat Red Thin” is taken from a Chinese classical poem by Li Qingzhao from the Song Dynasty, metaphorically illustrating the growth of the leaves while the flower withering away. The code of the interpreted poem corresponds to every participant’s interaction in parallel of “Sin(ofGetElapsedTimef()) ”.
In Fruit Wall, HE+HU relocates traditional fruit picking in an interior environment where the colors, scents and textures of fruits are emphasized through a graphic inspired display and joyful interactive process.
The concept comes from the scenario of families and friends sitting on the lawn and picking the wild fruits, enjoying a delicious picnic and gorgeous sunshine. However, what if this food event occurred in the museum or gallery during the opening reception? This event design piece attempts to challenge social behavior in the public environment. HE+HU moved the typical outdoor scene indoor, using man-made materials, nylon, to recreate abstract trees and grass, and combining man-made fruits, which was chocolates, to regenerate a completely “unnatural” indoor landscape.
When a bag of food stapled on the canvas is ripped off for eating and drinking, a piece of paper will come along with texts on its back side. The resulting tear on canvas reveals some more reports and news hidden beneath the top layer.
Taken the inspiration from Chinese culture, Propriety is exhibited at the Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central, New York. The concept derives from the traditional Chinese bow combining modern western dance. The show is seen as a reflection of a person's propriety and personality. The food art performance brings this idea in a dramatic way to create a connection and dialog between ancient Eastern philosophy and modern Western performing art language - "Past" and "Present", corresponding to performers and audiences respectively.
Drinkin’ Man was designed to invoke an open conversation about the influence of alcohols and its association to the adult life. By using these tie-shape bottle covers named [Oh Bottle Dress] as costumes, the performance refers to the ritual of tie-wearing and the associated “working” and “after work” states that an adult has to experience during a day. By hiding different bottles of alcohols in the uniformed covers, it also reveals the depression caused by deprival of personalities in workplace and the desire of alcohols after work.
Manna is one participatory project for the ephemeral food art show Finding Puberty. It was composed by 400 pieces of brownie inside of the transparent containers with green spoons which were laser cut into the shape of grass, and six bags of cream were hanging above the brownies. From a distance, the green spoons looked like grassplot in spring, while, the cream was squeezed out of the bag indicated the welcome rain after the droughty winter, like the juice of male, it irrigated the land and spring began.
[PH Series] stems from the conception of "Sour Generation" that HE+HU created in one of their previous projects. The term "Sour Generation" refers to a self-mockery and monologue of Chinese new generation artists in this absurd era. This series of painting works transforms the movement of 3D objects—fruit and vegetables—into 2D abstract paintings via the color changes on canvases in response to acidity or alkalinity.
[Talk to Me] was composed by a set of three adult toys. It contains the elements from adults’ blow up doll and children’s rocking horse, and was intertwined by colorful duct tapes which indicated the FMCG in our society.
Jewelry and food are two different aspects of showing who we are, and it was this notion that helped us make this connection [between food and jewels] that challenges the traditional production of jewelry.
A lighting sculpture that extends upwards, attempts to create a collision between the natural and the artificial with its stem-like shape and factitious material and texture. Also the work transforms 3D to 2D by casting lighting spots on the gallery’s ceiling, walls or ground.