Time Becomes a Loop:
Ben Chang at Amherst College
Ben Chang is an electronic artist and Associate Professor and director of the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) program at Rensselaer Polytechnic University (RPI). His work explores the intersections of virtual environments and experimental gaming with contemporary media art.
Using materials ranging from immersive visualization systems to modified surveillance cameras, hacked video games, and antique telegraphs, his work brings out the chaotic, human qualities in technological systems.
Chang’s recent projects include a suite of classic games rewritten for the Microsoft Kinect system, a virtual reality environment about remem- brance in memorial of the Holocaust, and “Becoming,” a computer-driven video installation that interchanges the attributes of two animated figures.
On February 25th, 2016, Professor Chang gave a talk at Amherst College (his Alma mater!) as part of 5CollDH’s 2015-2016 lecture series Reality Would Have to Begin. He focused on the multiple iterations or “loops” of his career as an interactive media artist, showing a number of works spanning fine art, virtual reality, telegraph research, historical memory, language pedagogy, and much more.