Sheng-Wen Lo - Extendable Ears

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For one month, Artist Sheng-Wen Lo (Taiwan, 1987) exposed himself to ultrasound waves that exceed the human range to tackle the human-centric experience of noise.

In many of his projects, Lo discusses the relationship between humans and non-humans in contemporary societies. In Extendable Ears, he created a wearable device that enabled him to hear ultrasound waves in the way that some pets do. Although it is proven that these waves can cause damage to animals, humans are unaware that they produce these ultrasound waves. Lo wore the device day and night, and captured his daily experiences in videos, 360° photographs, and photographic scans of a dream diary he kept during and just before his experiment.

Sleep-time Recordings, 2019 © Sheng-Wen Lo

Sheng-Wen Lo (Taiwan, 1987) is currently an artist-in-residence at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He obtained a MA in photography at the Academy for Art and Design St Joost in the Netherlands. He completed an MsC in Computer Science from the Computer Music Lab at National Taiwan University. Lo is creative director of Lightbox, a public photo library and a center of contemporary photography at Taipei. He was a nominee of the Foam Paul Huf Award (2019) and the Prix Pictet Photography Prize (2019), and a fellowship recipient of De Nederlandsche Bank and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds/Prince Claus Fund (2019). His recent works were shown in EYE Filmmuseum, World Press Photo, BredaPhoto, LhGWR and Fotofestival Naarden in The Netherlands.

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This exhibition is made possible with the support of the Van Bijlevelt Stichting and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten.

Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, City of Amsterdam, Foam Members, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.

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Sheng-Wen Lo - Extendable Ears