Chun Shao is a multimedia artist who is living in Seattle. Currently, Shao is pursuing her Ph.D. degree in Art and Technology major at DXARTS, University of Washington. In 2013, she received an MFA degree in Performance Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2010, she received her BFA in New Media Arts from China Academy of Art. Shao is interested in experimenting with the paradox of intimacy and loneliness in the digital world, especially from the communicational aspect. Shao has been making participatory performances, which integrated with wearable technology, for the past few years. She constructs performances by asking audience to hear, touch, and immerse themselves in the work. Her work insinuates a weak-willed mental state of perpetuating the relationships with the world and others. more
Chun Shao will spend September in Hallein to protype an emotive-textile watch kit, which explores the relationship between feelings and tactile sensations.Through the experience of touch, this project will archive a series of tangible emotions interpreted by electronic textiles. She plans to use diverse silicone fabrics, which will feature different degrees of tenderness and form an uncanny association with the human skin. In order to create organically moving textures, traditional embroidery stitches, beading, and fabric manipulation techniques will be explored and interwoven with electronic actuators (such as vibration motors, mini DC motors, muscle wires, air/water pumps, DIY color changing patches, etc.) These kinetic elements will be programmed to produce rhythmic movements and conduct different types of computational behaviours.