Da Mo Chang is located on the western part of Ximaochang Street in East Qianmen. Since the Ming Dynasty, it has been a place where craftsmen gather.  The building consists of a shop at the front and factory at the rear and played a large role in helping South Beijing’s handicraft industry to prosper.  Since the start of the “Da Mo Chang” project in 2015, seven internationally renowned architects, paying careful attention to historical authenticity, have created seven different courtyard spaces and transformed Da Mo Chang into a shared office, residence, food and entertainment space.

Artist Notes:

Ash Koosha is aiming to explore human creative process through computational replication of creative functions via the Musicity China project. The process is comprised of two main parts, first the idea of how the Human brain registers memories; visiting and experiencing through them sensory input. Second, the implementation and replication of Human sensory input via digital material (photography and audio recording). The approach is to take all imagery and audio recordings from Beijing Da Mo Chang and feed it to softwares in order to learn a variety of visual qualities (colour, brightness, gama, intensity, geometry etc.) similar the Human brain's processing of imagery. Processing the qualities of each image results in a set of data that is then transformed into midi and audio output. As the producer, Ash Koosha then takes all composition into the arrangement phase and creates pieces that ultimately aim to represent the perception of an artist. The replicated process of composing in this case is hoping to discover an ontologically objective formula from how the human creator perceives, gets inspired and creates.  

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