ACM SIGGRAPH's DIGITAL ARTS COMMUNITY (DAC)
In this exhibit, Tan shows a decidedly unique understanding of refractivity. He considers it a natural phenomenon, but also, and ultimately more importantly, a social one. In Chinese ideology, the phrase “refractivity” holds the dual meaning of initiating an illusion and leading towards social truth. For example, water therapy is a physical treatment, often embodied in the form of steam baths, but it also applies to psychological
activities such as brain washing. Tan relates these physical phenomenon to social issues in this exhibit.
The installations consist of dozens of large digital prints on metal, along with numerous other animation installations. Some prints are showcased in large water-filled vats, made of tempered glass. The audience can observe the morphing of the digital images, with changes in water-level and lighting, and their refractions through the glass.
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