“My brother and I are dyslexic, so in our art we rely a lot on sensory experience and intuition. We are lucky that our dad used to own a hardware store.”

Born Taipei, Taiwan, 1980

As well as being an artist in his own right, Chang Geng-Hwa is one-half of the creative duo Luxury Brothers. He and his twin, Chang Keng-Hau, in turn form half of the tech-art group LuxuryLogico. One outlet is clearly not enough for this artist’s prolific ideas, which centre on the often paradoxical connections between art, technology and nature. 1750 East Mountainside (2006) is, like many of Chang Geng-Hwa’s works, an intricate piece of machinery. It is also a beetle—a robotic representation of one the artist caught in a collecting expedition to the hillside of his title (it was found 1750 metres up). Whenever he got near it, the beetle—a large-pincered scarab—scuttled just out of reach. Even when the artist couldn’t see it, it always seemed to know where he was. Back in his gadget-packed Taipei workshop, Chang Geng-Hwa started sketching plans for a motorised sculpture that would combine the real beetle’s instinct for flight and the eerie play of light and shade in its forest home.  As viewers approach, the bright-eyed insect scuttles away along its wall-mounted track.  “For me,” he says, “the way the machine works is less important than the shadows it casts.”

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