Joseph Chen is an intermedia artist based in Hong Kong. He is the co-founder of Aurora Trip Sitter, a media arts collective working toward developing an extreme heterotopia. Chen’s video work, Invisible Rock, was awarded a Special Mention in the Open Category of the 19th ifva Awards. A graduate of the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, Chen’s practice deals with concerns of the internet through audio-visual technology, with an emphasis on sub/micro-culture and lo-fi aesthetics. Samples of this can be seen on his Instagram.
Copy is right! is a satirical remix sampling stock imagery, sound effects, and pop music downloaded from the Internet. Colliding dialogues are generated from a tailor-made application utilizing the voice of the Apple synthesizer. By manipulating intellectual property and open-source software, the video reimagines the legal and illegal narratives traversing computational input, Internet-based technology, and social media under current conditions of techno-capitalism.