// Kynan Tan (b. 1988)
/ Biography + CV
Kynan Tan is an artist who works through digital means to create audio-visual works, electroacoustic compositions, installations and improvised live performances. These works investigate the use of computer technologies and the manipulation of data through the output of digital sound and image. The majority of works question the role of the computer in the creation of art – as an instrument, mediator, processor and creative tool.
Kynan is mentored by renowned audio-visual artist Robin Fox, originally through a JUMP mentorship in 2012 and then with support from a DCA Young People and the Arts Fellowship and an Australia Council Artstart grant. Through this mentorship Kynan has been researching synaesthetic connections in audio-visual works and new presentation modes for computer-generated sound and image. The JUMP mentorship resulted in the large-scale, dual-screen work multiplicity, which premiered at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and has since been performed in Melbourne, Sydney and Tokyo.
Kynan often collaborates with dancers and media artists, recently working with choreographer Aimee Smith to create visuals for the work Wintering, which premiered at the Perth State Theatre Underground Studio in June 2013. Kynan is currently working with hybrid performance company Hydra Poesis to develop sound and video for their upcoming work Prompter. Previously Kynan has worked with choreographers Jo Pollitt, Emma Fishwick, Michael Whaites and Craig Bary (NZ).
Kynan performs improvised music in the duo Té with saxophonist Andrew Brooks, has released electronic music recordings with the Listen/Hear Collective label and has performed in support of Actress (UK), Oneohtrixpointnever (USA), Robin Fox and Aoki Takamasa (JPN).