working artists


Lien Fan Shen
Ching-Fang Chiang
Caroline Quinlan
Edward Schocker

artist statement | technical statement | process


'Reconstruction' contains several generations of the images and sounds, which is the outcome of a long-term progress of development both technically and conceptually. The content of the DVD involved the creativity of four artists; each contributing to the unique part of the final product. Photographer Ching-Fang Chiang, who spent nearly 4 months documenting and researching the abandoned hospital, initiated the earlier stage of the project.

Choreographer Caroline Quinlan took part in creating movements and dance performance for the exhibition: 'Within the Walls' - a multimedia installation held in Lindley Cultural Center Gallery at Ohio University on January 2002. Composer Edward Schocker writes for a mixture of alternate tunings and non-traditional instruments. His original music score 'Blesch' forms the basic audio element of the DVD. The design of the DVD structure and the digital audio and videos are created by Lien fan Shen, a computer artist who conducted and completed the final stage of the 'Reconstruction.'

Following are the statements from the artists who participated in creating this work.

Ching-Fang Chiang: (Photographer/Film maker)

Years ago, when I was just beginning to experiment with digital image making, the digital media was simply a tool for me to manipulate original photographs and to create the 'extension images', or 'sub-images' of the originals. This concept, however, has changed in time. While working on 'Reconstruction', I have experienced the different creative methods that are strongly connected with the availability of the new technology. Often, when I discussed certain ideas about this project with Lien Fan Shen, these ideas began to grow and shift according to what I heard or learned about what certain programs or devices can do for image/sound making. New technology actually directs new ways of thinking and art making. This DVD is the product of such new tech inspiration.

Caroline Quinlan: (Dancer/Choreographer)

Dance is more than an outpouring of emotion; it involves a need to move, to explore movement, and to explore the surrounding space. Our bodies receive information through physical activity, sensation, and experience of the space that surrounds us. Information flows from the external to the internal, so the internal process needs some outlet. This external outlet can be expressed through a dance, making a statement about a formal investigation of not only the space around them, but also the emotions evoked from the architecture of that space.

A person may become uncomfortable and tense when they feel trapped by their surroundings, yet one may also find comfort in knowing that their whole life exists in a small room. To many this thought seems disturbing. I have tried to capture this tension between the comforting and disturbing effect of a confining space. Utilizing the positive space of my body contrasted by the negative, projected images, I explore both the internal and external, crossing the boundaries of mind and body. With minimal, intense, strong movements I delve into the depths of the subconscious mind.

Lien Fan Shen: (Computer artist)

The progress of new technology expands the possibilities in art creation. While traditional media interacts with the viewer internally as mental events, the digital arts actually create the 'virtual object' with the user/viewer. In the DVD of 'Reconstruction', the elements including images, performance, sound and music not only interact with the viewers individually, but also brings interactivity between the artwork and the viewers virtually. 'Reconstruction' reveals the process of simulating my personal emotional perceptions from these strong documentary images into a virtual object. 'Reconstruction' is assembled through diverse media to achieve new dimensions of artistic expression in space, movement and sound.