Chang Kenghau 張耿豪 Chang Genghwa 張耿華 Llunc Lin 林昆穎 Ken Chen 陳志建
Born Taiwan, 1980 (except Ken Chen, born 1979)
Luxury Logico consists of the Chang twins and two friends, who pool their diverse skills—in mechanics, computing, music, theatre design, lighting and photography—and often enlist further help for specific works. They liken their group to a Transformer, a playful entity whose shape can be changed with a few folds and twists. Solar (2010) combines computer technology and old and new approaches to lighting to create a mesmerising artificial sun. Installing it was a piece of performance art in itself. The artists say they made the work both to encourage recycling and to convey optimism about a high-tech future. The background noises, a collage of grabs from the Internet, represent space-age “sounds of silence”: audible versions of X-ray and other signals picked up from deep space, or the empty scrabbling of a modem establishing a connection. Scripting (2011) uses intricately choreographed lights to paint in darkness—a hypnotically moving echo of traditional Chinese calligraphy generated by a computer script. Its sound track is by John Cage. For Project Woodpecker: Treignac (2010), the artists used stop-frame animation to create a hilariously jerky movie in which a cellar in an old French house becomes … something else entirely. Which is, in a way, what LuxuryLogico is all about.