The Pennsylvania State University
School of Visual Arts
MFA Exhibition at Crane Arts
On Display: July 3rd to July 20th, 2013
Reception: Thursday, July 11, 6 - 9pm
Gallery Hours: Wed - Sun, 12 - 6pm
Address: 1400 N. American St. Philadelphia, PA 19122
ceremony scene test
This is one animation project I'm working on for a serious game: Energy Chickens, a virtual pet game that monitors energy use data collected by Plugwise devices. I had a very good experience when I worked as a research assistant at Studio Lab (https://studiolab.psu.edu) in this spring and collaborated with Brian Orland, Dena Lang, Nilam Ram, Michael Coccia and Nate Kling on this project. Now I'm very glad because this animation will be done soon!
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(Last updated on Jun 3th, 2013)
Asian Film Festival of Dallas 2013 (Dallas, USA 達拉斯，美國)
Opera Prima Film Festival 2013 (Granada, Spain 格拉納達，西班牙)
Salón Internacional de La Luz 2013 (Bogota, Colombia 波哥大，哥倫比亞)
Costa Rica International Film Festival 2013 ( Montezuma, Costa Rica 蒙提蘇馬，哥斯達黎加)
VII Festival Alto Vicentino 2013 ( Villa Rossi and Santorso, Italy, 意大利)
Feb 4th - 14th, 2013
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Opening Monday Feb 4th, 2013 at 5 pm
Every living thing influences each other to stay in balance in the ecosystem. After millions of years of evolution, we humans have a highly developed civilization, but it has been dependent on countless animals’ lives.
The Paleolithic cave paintings in Lascaux caves and pottery with painted decoration from Ancient China all show humans hunting animals for food since prehistory. In contemporary society, we have made so many scientific achievements, but they were based on the use of countless animals’ lives for scientific research and medical tests. However, anthropologists view human history from a human’s perspective, and ethical theorists have paid too much attention to the responsibilities, rights and treatment of humans alone. We should move it further to a broader moral perspective, which includes the concerns of other sentient creatures.
All animals on this planet are creatures who share existence with human beings and deserve to be free. However, we human beings are used to our privilege and think we are unique. Human beings are no different from other animals in this world. But animals have been tormented by the human race for too long. We also have high technology and powerful weapons that could kill us many times. We are fighting terrorism and kill people every year, and the ‘enemy’ always represent our desires and fears. We discriminate and we ignore or suppress women's rights.
My animations deals with philosophy, cultural studies, visual arts, history, anthropology, mythology and ethical issues such as aggression, racism, and the suppression of people's rights, and asks the viewer to take the animals’ point of view. It shows the relationships between human and human, and between human and nonhuman, but from within other super-intelligent creatures’ world.
I developed ancient Egyptian paintings, Cave painting, Mayan art and Chinese ceramics for my animations, and I chose some references from their society for my story to make the world more believable. I explored the context and history of these kinds of art at the same time. In particular, how it relates to humans’ history with animals. In these stories, I presented new insights and provoke people to think about our evolution and culture from a different angle.
Unity is really a powerful program!! I should catch it soon and do preparation for my first game!
These pictures are my first thoughts about the game which I want to design. They have been abandoned.