We had the good fortune of connecting with Kuan-Ju Wu and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kuan-Ju, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
The process of creating art makes me alive. Just like a plant requires light, air and water to grow, I need to turn all the knowledge I observe, the skill I practice, and the experience I had, into art through me creative outlet. And I hope the outcome of my creation can bring a little bit more love to our world, especially to our mother nature.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I studied engineering in college but fell in love with new media art later in my life. I’m interested in creating delightful interactions between humans, machines, and environments. I build immersive experience and tangible interfaces that borrow facets from the shapes and movements of nature, from the stories about the future machines, and the perceptual memories from our early childhood, those intuitive, rich and satisfying experiences. I jump between new technology challenge and critical art thinking and hoping to find a bridge between the two entities.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
As a Taiwanese I recommend smoke duck from J.J. Bakery. The tasty flavor brings me home. (You have to call in to check before you go, there are only a few in a day) The Maurice and Paul Marciano Art Foundation has always been my favorite, but unfortunately it’s no longer open. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my artist friend and partner Wan-Lin Tsou, who has always been my inspiration and wisdom source. The love and experience we shared are the core fuel to my creation.

Website: https://wukuanju.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wu.kj/
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