@#$%^.. (CN)


Silicone, Electronics, Mechanics, Recorded Sound and Digital Synthesis

Tian Li, Guo Haoyun, Guo Yao, Vivian Xu (China)

Supported by: Tsinghua University, Parsons The New School for Design, School of Art, Media and Technology


@#$%^… is an interactive installation that aims to make abstract data more accessible to audiences through means of data sonification. The project was derived from the view that environments are self-containing systems where the individual and the whole are merged together into a single organic cell, after which the individual’s perception is skewed by his/her surroundings, and is unable to completely break free of the environment that he/she has become a part of.

@#$%^… utilizes environmental data collected by sensors in various cities throughout the world, and maps this information accordingly onto ambient city noises recorded in said cities. The composited audio results are then displayed in real-time through stereos that are fully immersed in semi-liquefied silicone material. Encircling each stereo are six mechanical claws that open and close in correspondence with the sounds, and in the process, attempt to open up the surrounding material and let out the muffled urban noises.

Audiences will be provided with stethoscopes to probe into the sonic environment of the installation and listen to the “cries” that are suppressed and entrapped within.


Artist Bio:

Li Tian, New Media Art & Design MFA Candidate, Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University

Li Tian is a Computer Science & Technology M.E Candidate at Tsinghua University. His research interests include new media art, interactive design and HCI. Currently he has started a research on tabletop interactive multi-touch systems.


Haoyun Guo, Independent Media Artist

He follows the latest developments in social media and science technology, and its application in actual communities. He is committed to pushing forward the development of new media art and design in China, and is currently doing research on HCI and data visualization.


Guo Yao, New Media Art & Design BFA, School of Arts, Renmin University

Guo Yao’s main focus is in physical computing, audiovisual communication and humanity studies.  He traveled to Taiwan through an exchange program to study Digital Art.Currently he is going to study in the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.


Vivian Xu,
 Video Editor and Translator, Design + Technology MFA Candidate, Parsons The New School for Design

Vivian Xu is a freelance video editor and translator. She has two years of studio experience in contemporary art, after which she started working in documentary filmmaking. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at Parsons The New School for Design.