Veeeky (Wei – Chia Wu): ERICA
Opening 26_10_2018, 19h
Our body exhibits more similarity through messages shared in internet space. Our online appearance are evaluated by algorithm, it spreads in a speed of faster than ever. This phenomenon plays an important role in designing our daily appearances through build-in-app filters, plastic surgeries and make-up.
Female has been struggled with the standard of beauty, which has brought us an entire beauty industry dedicated to manufacture perfection. We are suppressed, but at the same time, the pursue for the inclusion is the main force which motivates all the medical-technical development. In addition, Big companies such as Chinese Selfie app company Meitu, is affecting our evaluation of beauty, we can the modify our face through their predefined “beautify” “whiten” “slimmer face” adjustment, they upload the modified image to social media websites and creating the avatar(online image).
With the growing capability of modifying our face, body and identity each day- we are making our body renewable and modifiable. Meanwhile, scientists are racing to experiment and to test 3D printing organs, body ink, Neurolink, and our understanding of biological body is changing to machine-like concept- where our body is assembled just as how machines are composed by different parts.
The project is a near-future narrative in which we push the interrelation between online self (developed through selfie-beautify app), beauty tech (plastic surgery, biomeds…), and automated online interaction, to a degree that the online/ offline relationship integrated fully and become how we produce life. This service allows the online avatars automatically interact with each other, through the data collected by beautify prosthesis wore by users. This autopilot mode is populated by users because it offers automated online interaction by reducing the labour of constant uploading and downloading; it also generates personalized content by analyzing user-generated data through Internet of Things.
Born in Kaohsiung and raised in Taipei (Taiwan), currently lives and works in Beijing (China) Veeeky (Wei – Chia Wu) started from the cofounder of Bounce Girlz, a group focusing on music event and content in Taiwan, Taipei, when she was in National Taiwan University studying sociology. After spending time digging into visual communication in Goldsmiths College, London, she had more chances to explore new sounds and further established her own way of selection of music and creating visual art. Her approach of synchronizing and sampling sound with visual is limitless, experimenting sounds consisting of surprising content. She is now taking care of the visual in a creative music label Do Hits, making cover arts/live visual/graphics. Do Hits is known for Asian digital sound and art.
veeeky’s visual is based on the thinking of contemporary society, discussing internet/gender/information/channels/globalization-local content, often presenting it in high saturation utopia videos.
With the support of Ministry of Culture of Taiwan