Alan Kwan born in 1990 in Hong Kong, China. Kwan attainted his BFA in Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong in 2012, followed by a MA in Art, Culture, Technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, United States in 2016. Kwan is currently lives and works in Boston, United State.
Alan Kwan transforms his personal experience through the medium of film, video game, and immersive virtual reality to study the nature of pain, human memories, and simulation technology. Kwan is an independent filmmaker, also a media artist. With more than 10 years of filmmaking experience, he wanted to use technology to bring the cinema to another level, which prompted him to transfer invented ideas from real life to film. In Kwan’s work, Bad Trip (2012), the artist used a video camera mounted on his glasses to document his life. Having started this in November 2011, the artist has produced an expanding database of digitised visual memories. Using custom virtual reality software, Kwan has created a virtual mindscape that people can navigate to experience the artist’s memories and dreams. The virtual world is perpetually evolving as he loads fresh virtual memories every night.
Kwan’s previous projects were shown at international venues including the Ars Electronica Center in Austria, the ZKM Centre for Art and Media in Germany, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Shanghai. Lately, Kwan’s was awarded the first prize of the MIT Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize, the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council Award for Young Artist (Media Art) for his body of work combining art and technology.