Laura Juo-Hsin Chen, 陳若昕, is an artist, interaction designer, programmer, and doodler from Taipei, Taiwan. With traditional 3D animation background, Laura went to the US to learn how to make graphics, and acquired a Master’s degree at the Interactive Telecommunication Program (ITP) of Tisch, NYU in 2015. She currently works in OONI of Planeta and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Laura is interested in weird human interactions and the impact of them on the subconscious. For her Master’s Thesis, she made a series of virtual reality headsets – MASK. Each mask has its own VR experience and physical functions for a purpose – overcoming communication difficulties. Participant empowers self by wearing different kinds of MASK, and it’s a practice to one of the questions Laura has – how can you change a person’s perspective by changing their perception?

Using open source technology to create lighthearted and publicly accessible experience, Laura believes with a low-tech approach, the work can have more of a chance to reach the general public, and thus create a greater impact. Her tool usually consists web platform, VR, portable objects, multi-user environment, and physical computing.

Laura recently exhibited her work at Abandon Normal Devices Festival in U.K., De Brakke Grond of Amsterdam, MoMA PS1, Museum of the Moving Image, Grand Central Terminal, and Time Squares in New York City, and gave workshops and talks at Queens Museum, Weird Reality conference in CMU, School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe in Berlin, and DocLab, IDFA.

 

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