Fantastic Shredder v 1.0

Virtual Reality Art Installation, 2018

Duration : 5 - 10 minutes

Selected in 2018 End of Year Show

University of California, SantaBabara

Media Arts and Technology Program

Exhibited in Xcelerator

Times Art Museum, Beijing, China

Exhibited in RefestLA

Navel, LosAngeles


*Screen Recording of A visitor's experience​

Fantastic Shredder is a Virtual Reality experience simulating the mechanism of a paper shredder and reconstructing the shreds of Chinese 1980s posters with fragmented Chinese characters.

In 1980s China began to implement economy reform, modern Chinese commercial posters took on a new face with a bold, surreal and saturated representation of consumption and promotional slogan. Modern Chinese posters symbolized daily objects with a surreal aesthetic and shaped culturally through its use in the social interaction. 

In this project, I collected hundreds of 1980s posters as raw visual data, processed them digitally, and translated them from 2d imagery to 3d animated models. Spatial narrative is created by fusing aspects of algorithmic agent-based behaviors of objects, symbolic visual information, experimental sound and interactivity. Materiality is carefully concerned by incorporating digital painting and photo scan into the texture development. Optical illusion is developed makes visitors wonder and lost in the space, while the autonomous objects (fragmented Chinese characters, strokes, marks) guides the visitors to travel.










Fantastic Shredder addresses William S. Burrough’s ‘Cut-up technique’ with contemporary approaches. It results in a state of disequilibrium that engages narratives. It seeks and argues the meaning-making process of information through the artistic simulation of shredder, and investigates the question of how the cultural semiotics will be evolved and reassembled through the communication between human and machine.


*Exhibition Documentation

At Beijing Times Art Museum, 2018​


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