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All of the pictures and videos materials used in this work are taken by Ye Liu and created via the Adobe After Effect.


Ongoing is a video and sound art installed in the family room of the Peter MacCallum Cancer centre. It takes its viewers on a relaxed and scenic journey from the hospital(urban area) to the natural environment. There are two reasons for that I choose the hospital as a site. One is that environmental issues have impacts on Human health closely; another is that patients will feel more relaxed when they watch the beautiful natural sceneries rather than the abstract artworks (Lankston et al., 2007). And so I thought, is there a way can help patients relax but also draw concerns on nature in a gentle and affective voice? 

When I go to the hospital, I am amazed at the spatial mobility of the architectural appearance and internal structure. The reasonable spatial arrangement, colours and lighting appear comfortable and fully change my impression of traditional hospitals. Therefore, I want to make an interactive projection work combining the hospital’s spatial structure, which adopts the spatial structure as the framework and natural elements as my subjects. Adding a sensor to trigger projection via human behaviours, voices and movements. I hope such interaction can help them relax and experience from a different perspective. However, due to personal technical limitations and hospital’s site requirements, this idea cannot yet be realized, so I thinking about how to replace this idea via multisensory experience. 

I attempt to convert the data reflecting the constantly increasing survival rate of cancer patients in Australia into music, and collect sounds from the natural environment for integration. Through the establishment of dynamic changes, the music and the sounds from the natural world constantly cumulated are integrated to demonstrate a stronger vigour of life. At the same time, the frame moves from the long shot to the close shot along with the sounds, from the city sky to the oceans, mountains and forests. This indicates the importance of the natural environment for biodiversity. Nevertheless, considering the special site of the hospital and the special audiences, My cousin helps me add chords therein to make it sound more pleasant to ears. At the same time, I extract some elements from the internal spatial environment within the hospital building and apply them to the video to echo with this site. 

When it is projected onto the hospital’s family activity room, a baby stops crying, and her mother talks with me about the natural scenery. One woman asks me when and where I capture these images. She is interested in where I go, whether all the images are captured outdoor, and also discusses the zoos and aquariums there, particularly sharing some rare species in Australia with me. 

Another woman tells me that these animals seem to find the way home or are seeking a better habitat. When I explaining the elements of the hospital space in my video, they tell me that they have never paid attention to these details. But after watching the video, they start to re-observing the space, trying to find out the elements mentioned by me. This can probably create a new spatial experience for them. 

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