Kian-Peng Ong

Coronado

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Work: Coronado is a six-channel sound installation in which an ocean drum is controlled by autonomous mechanical arms, creating a feedback loop that bounces sound waves and produces a spatial interpretation of the beach’s soundscape. A sense of wonder and awe is at the heart of Coronado, which was inspired by the artist’s personal encounter with the Coronado beach in California, where he found beauty appearing and disappearing from all directions.
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Kian-Peng Ong (aka Bin) is a new media artist from Singapore who works across a range of media that includes software, electronics and sound. He has been using new media as a means to question and transcode human perception and understanding of the environment. Bin’s works are very often a result of his personal experiences and encounters with the world.

He received his BA (interactive arts) from Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore). Currently, he is a graduate student in the UCLA Design | Media Arts program (Los Angeles, USA). His interest in sound stems from its abstract yet powerful affective qualities. Of equal interest to him, and a focus of one of his ongoing research projects, is the human relationship with nature, specifically how humans adapt or perceive environmental changes. Technology often plays a central role in his work in which the technology creates an experience, harmonizing with the theme and conceptual framework but not centralizing the work on technology itself.

Bin has shown his works regionally and internationally in Substation Singapore, Japan Media Arts Festival and upcoming ones such as Siggraph Art Gallery and the FILE Festival in Brazil.
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source: soundcloud

Coronado is a six channel sound installation that is inspired by the
sonic experience I had at the Coronado beach in California. Using an ocean drum
controlled by autonomous mechanical arms as the source of the
soundscape, a feedback loop is created and the sound waves are
bounced across the six sound channels, creating a spatial interpretation
of the sound scape.
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source: fileorg
Abstract:
“Coronado” was inspired by a visit to the Coronado beach in California, which was an awe inspiring moment never experienced in other beaches. The soundscape present in Coronado seemed to be coming from all directions with layers and layers of sound waves. I decided then that I would make a sound work to translate this experience. The sound installation is characterized by the interplay of the analog and digital sound sources which layers over one another, exploring the idea of a seascape. The center of the installation is an ocean drum controlled with mechanical arms that creates and simulates the sound of sea waves. This is picked up by the microphone, reprocessed through the computer and sent out to the 6 channel surround speakers in different time. The interplay and sense of endlessness in the layering the analog and digital are my interpretation and response to the wonderment I found in Coronado.
Biography:
Bin is a new media artist currently based in Los Angeles. He received a BA from Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore, majoring in the Interactive Arts program. After graduation, he worked as a freelance designer, research assistant and teaching as a part time lecturer. Bin enjoys working across different media and formats, particularly in the audiovisual field. His interest in sound stems from its abstract yet powerful affective qualities. Of equal interest to him and one of his ongoing researches is our relationship to nature, specifically how humans adapt or perceive the change in environment. Currently he is working towards his MFA in UCLA’s Design | Media Arts program where he is hoping to take his exploration further. Bin has received various awards such as the Japan Media Arts Jury Recommendation 2009, Crowbar Awards, and Aniwow! China. He also exhibited and performed at Singapore M1 Fringe Festival; Japan Media Arts Festival; Substation Sound Art Open Call and the New Contemporaries in Singapore. Kian-Peng’s work has been published recently in “See yourself sensing: Redefining Human Perception – Madeline Schwartzman”.
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Abstract:
“Coronado” foi inspirada em uma visita à praia de Coronado, na Califórnia, a qual foi um momento inspirador jamais sentido em outras praias. A paisagem sonora presente em Coronado parecia vir de todas as direções, com múltiplas camadas de ondas sonoras. Decidi então que iria fazer um trabalho sonoro que traduzisse esta experiência. Esta instalação sonora é caracterizada pela interação entre as fontes sonoras analógicas e digitais que se sobrepõem, explorando a ideia de uma paisagem marítima. O cerne da instalação é um tambor oceânico controlado por braços mecânicos, que cria e simula o som das ondas do mar. Isso é captado pelo microfone, reprocessado através do computador e enviado para as caixas acústicas de 6 canais em tempos diferentes. A interação e a sensação de infinitude na sobreposição do analógico e do digital são minha interpretação e resposta ao maravilhamento que senti em Coronado.
Biography:
Bin é um artista de novas mídias que atualmente mora em Los Angeles. Formado em Artes no Lasalle College de Cingapura, fez especialização no programa de Artes Interativas. Após a formatura, trabalhou como designer freelancer, assistente de pesquisa e lecionando como palestrante em meio período. Ele gosta de trabalhar em diversas mídias e formatos, particularmente na área audiovisual, e se interessa pelas características afetivas abstratas, porém poderosas, dos sons. Outro foco de interesse e de uma de suas pesquisas em andamento é a relação do homem com a natureza, mais especificamente como os seres humanos se adaptam ou percebem as mudanças no meio ambiente. Atualmente faz mestrado no programa de design e arte com novas mídias da UCLA, onde espera ampliar seus experimentos. Recebeu vários prêmios, como a Menção do Júri no Japan Media Arts de 2009, o do Crowbar e o do Aniwow! China. Expôs e fez performances também no M1 Fringe Festival de Cingapura, no Japan Media Arts Festival, na Substation Sound Art Open Call e no New Contemporaries em Cingapura. O trabalho de Kian-Peng foi publicado recentemente em “See yourself sensing: Redefining Human Perception – Madeline Schwartzman”.