About the Artist

Alan Kwan, in an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, after performing live at Tyneside Cinema, October 2013. Photo by Colin Davison.

Alan Kwan is a digital artist from Hong-Kong with a keen interest in creating and designing new interactions and technologies for future storytelling.He started making short films at the age of 9, and some of his works have been awarded and showcased at various film festivals including International Video Art Festival Camaguey, Hong Kong International Film Festival and Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards (ifva). In late 2011, he was invited to attend the Asian Producer’s Lab at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in Korea.

After over 10 years of filmmaking experience, he also started to bring invention ideas from film to real life. Being heavily inspired by films Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind, he started his research in immersive systems for virtual mindtrip and lifelogging. He has been building a database of his virtual memories since November 2011 by rigging custom lifelogging video camera to his glasses. His latest virtual reality installation Bad Trip, which allows people to travel in his memories, was recently showcased at media art festivals in Germany, Argentina, Canada, and Australia, and also featured in various media including Discovery Channel, WIRED, Tech in Asia, Mercedes-Benz Magazine, Canal+ and The Creator’s Project.

Welcome to the website for Pixel Palace, Tyneside Cinema’s digital art programme, which ran from 2008-2014. Here you can explore our archive of exciting art commissions and exhibitions, as well as the artists we worked with over that time. You can find out more about what is happening with the current Tyneside Cinema Arts Programme at www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/art.