Magneto-Tone is based on the artist’s two personal experiences. The idea originated from an MRI scan. The MRI devices were covering the body like a cold coffin. Dazzling light and deafening noises paralyzed all the organs, reminding the artist of the experiences of how modern people voluntarily gave up themselves to the spectacle of media. The second experience was when the artist saw Claude Monet’s Water Lilies in the art museum, realizing that human perception become sharper with a more concentrated perspective. The two subtle experiences have inspired Lin to create Magneto-Tone.
The purpose of the ritualistic Magneto-Tone is to educate and to be educated. It is a plane of two sides, belonging to the organic thing which can only be felt instead of being identified. One side is a dynamic array of dots while the other side is flashlight. When viewers walk into the work, no intentional interaction needs to be made. The simplest contact is the best – no matter they just walk by it, carefully look at it, or listen to it. The clouding sound and light conquers our sensory organs in a lasting and effective way.
In a digital age, people are overwhelmed by the countless “dot arrays.” Therefore, Lin chooses “dot arrays” as the representation unit and presents it like a music score. “Dot arrays” are known for its instant renewal, while its movement possesses a unique beautiful of logics. Magneto-Tone visualizes the image like a music-score, while the movement of the magnetic sound is immediately rendered through LED light. The moving image is thus transformed into the switch of musical sound. The artist statement is also expressed by a machine consisting of “magnets and LED lights.” The unique feeling deep inside is poetically reflected onto the mechanical units, manifesting a perfect combination of technology and art.