To get ready for Digital Graffiti 2019 and we’ll be highlighting the artists participating in this year’s festival! Join us, follow along, and learn about these incredible global talents and their artwork. This week, we’ve got Q&As with finalists Xiaowen Huang from Hong Kong and Eshan Atiq of Savannah, Georgia.

Artist: Xiaowen Huang
Location: Hong Kong, China
Project title: “_ImEdge”
Website: N/A

1. How did you find out about Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach?
My advisor, Max Hattler, recommended me and sent my work to this festival—I want to thank him for everything he has done.

2. Have you participated in other projected art exhibitions? Where and how did location play into your work?
Yes, some group exhibitions: the floating project screening in HK Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre in January 2019, the AAVS post-industrial landscape exhibition in July 2018, and the MFA show in the City University of Hong Kong, School of Creative Media in May 2018. Basically, projection on the wall or screen in a dark environment.

3. How much technology is required to create your work?
I arrange still images into moving images, which utilizes the skill of synchronizing sound and video, as well as the way to detect images via some specific plugins. I used After Effects a lot and Premiere to post edit.

4. What else can you tell us about your work, for example use of color (or lack of), rhythm or texture?
Black and white are the main tonalities, with some ARGB occasionally used. The texture is presented in my work with pixel as texture and line as an edge. Points are used to decorate the detail of objects. I tried to remix all the pixel, points, and line into entirety.

5. What do you find most remarkable about projected art?
Something sort of unreal in a real world immerses people in a wonder land.

6. How do you see expanding your use of projection for your art?
Projection should be interactive with the environment. In my work, the edge of the mountain is the main theme, built via expanding projection into a fantasied mountain standing on the horizon line. My work depicts the contours of mountains and landscape, and the projector can expand past the traditional screen size into the size of real scenery or to the real size of the mountain. Also, the projection can overlap with other scenery or medium surfaces which creates more possibilities. These new relationships can enrich the meaning and content of the work. For example, in Florida’s coastal town, a virtual projection mountain combined with guests and the natural environments creates a context-based video installation that gives original screen media a new content level.

Artist: Ehsan Atiq
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Project title: “The Sublime within Islam”
Website: http://www.ehsthetic.com

1. How did you find out about Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach?
I found out about Digital Graffiti through my professor, John Colette.

2. Have you participated in other projected art exhibitions? Where and how did location play into your work?
I have not participated in any projected art exhibitions as of yet.

3. How much technology is required to create your work?
Most of my work is created completely in the digital form. I start making the patterns in Illustrator and animate them in After Effects. Some of the videos are finished off in Final Cut Pro. Being a computer science engineer, I do indulge in creating visuals through processing time and again. All in all, my work is very much technology driven.

4. What else can you tell us about your work, for example use of color (or lack of), rhythm or texture?
I try and incorporate elements that invoke feelings and are visceral in nature. This entails using various methods such as creating multiple strokes that result in complex geometric patterns. A difference in values and hues of transparency further add on to the intricate nature of the visual form. My attempt with all of this is trying to capture the essence of the Sublime within a limited, finite canvas. All said and done, my work is a representation of my thoughts and influenced by my life experiences growing up as a Muslim in two diverse, distinct places of the world.

5. What do you find most remarkable about projected art?
Projections are one of the most enthralling and engaging mediums of expressing art. It is versatile in the way it is able to cover huge spaces in a manner that is sustainable and non-destructive. The most remarkable aspect about projected art is the reactions it’s able to receive from people. While setting up the projections people are clouded with a sense of mystery — eventually when the visuals are finally projected, the expressions change to one of awe and wonder. Personally, it was able to generate a staunch memory that led me down an avenue of introspection and exploration. My effort through my own designs is to be able to reproduce a similar moment within others.

6. How do you see expanding your use of projection for your art?
I am just starting out in my journey of using projection as a medium of expression. First, I want to be able to perfect my abilities by creating many pieces and learn about the subtleties that are involved with projecting. My ultimate goal would be to take this medium back home to India and the UAE, bringing awareness to this new media used to showcase artistic expression and also has a big potential to generate pragmatic outcomes.