Jake Tan
New Media Artist/
Creative Technologist

Dancing the Algorithm COMING SOON
Archive of Digital Plants
Analogue Is Dead
Latent Space
In Hot Waters
The Divine Forest
We are and or have been
4th DIMENSION (2nd Edition) (1st Edition)

  1. Dancing the Algorithm COMING SOON
  1. Shiseido’s Journey of Potential COMING SOON
  2. BIOS: Full Bloom COMING SOON
  1. AR Tango︎︎︎ Art Reimagined
  2. VR Latent Space Pluritopia
  3. In Hot Waters
  4. VR INSTINCT D’Art Festival Metaverse︎︎︎
  5. Terrarium︎︎︎ Night Festival
  6. BIOS: Digital Nature Night Festival
  7. BIOS: A Conversation with the Wind
  8. AR/VR SUPERMAMA World︎︎︎ Milan Design Week
  9. XR MPL Season 3 Extended Reality Set︎︎︎
  10. VR ADM Metaverse︎︎︎
  11. BIOS 01 SG Art Week
  12. Networked Machines︎︎︎ SG Art Week

  1. Archive of Digital Plants
  2. Golden Hour︎︎︎ SG Countdown
  3. XR MPL Season 2 Extended Reality Set︎︎︎
  4. AR NDP Experience︎︎︎ SG Day 
  5. AR Secret Garden: Lloyd’s Inn X SERIAL︎︎︎ 
  6. AR Hidden Garden: Lloyd’s Inn X UNIQLO︎︎︎
  7. AR ADM Grad Show 2021︎︎︎
  8. Interconnected Machines SG Art Week

  1. AR Lucinda Law’s Botanical Art Experience Exhibition︎︎︎
  2. The Divine Forest 
  3. AR Jason Yu EP Experience︎︎︎
  4. In Vivo: Within the Living
  5. AR ADM Grad Show 2020︎︎︎
  6. Creating Smart Textiles
  7. AR Creators Climate Action AR Campaign︎︎︎ 

  1. AR Singapore Sports Hub: Season Of Giving
  2. AR BBC Earth: Botanical Art World
  3. AR Trip.com: Take That Trip!
  4. AR The Bubble Tea Factory: Bobabae
  7. 4th DIMENSION (2nd Edition) (1st Edition)
  8. State Of The Arch
  9. Share Share Application

  1. Me & My Shiny Teeth Application
  2. ADAM
  3. ONE
  4. TV?
  7. AR VoyagAR︎︎︎
  8. Shy Shy Venus︎︎︎
  9. VR Voice of The Morning Star︎︎︎
  10. PHASE︎︎︎
  11. AR TamaGO!︎︎︎
  12. ROGUE Magazine︎︎︎

  1. NOMADIC︎︎︎
  2. VR Train To Bishan︎︎︎
  3. BLXCK Website︎︎︎
  4. 36-100-01︎︎︎
  5. MEMBRAIN Industries︎︎︎
  6. VR 360 Tour of Prambanan︎︎︎
  7. To Us︎︎︎
  8. The Novena Dream︎︎︎
  10. 兄 Blood︎︎︎

  1. LAZARUS XII︎︎︎
  2. The Red Giant︎︎︎

  1. You’re My Type︎︎︎

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May 2019 - Jun 2020

STEAM Imaging II Artist in Residency
Fraunhofer MEVIS, Ars Electronica & NTU ADM


In Vivo is an interactive art science installation that asks the question, what does it mean to be alive? The project is utilising research collected during a six weeks international “STEAM Imaging”1 residency co-organised and hosted by Institute for Digital Medicine Fraunhofer MEVIS, the International Fraunhofer Talent School Bremen and Ars Electronica. The project is also done in connection with Nanyang Technological University Singapore.2 The residency was awarded in June 2019 though an open art call and took place from October - Novemebr 2019. The installation integrates sensors and microcomputers and uses the possibilities of the virtual and augmented reality to talk about the relationship between man, machine and nature. The project attempts to shed light on the transitional areas between life and death through the artistic means of photography and video installation. More specifically, the installation tracks the rhythms of the action potential in a bonsai plant and directly affect thousands of MR (magnetic resonance) images captured using an MRI machine. Using projection mapping and soundscapes generated and translated from the MR images, the installation “ gives voice” to the bonsai and give the audience an insight into a living being.

The project is a multidisciplinary work that involves, scientists, mathematicians, psychologists, physicists, engineers, programmers and of course artists. The collaboration between the sciences and the arts is a growing field. The project attempts to continue the open dialogues that happen because of these interactions. The installation will be presented next year at the Ars Electronica Festival 2020, one of the world’s most important events for art, technology, and society.


The project’s broad scope is to connect the science and digital medicine technology with the creative arts. Our completed STEAM residency abroad and working with experts3 mathematicians, computer scientists, or physicists in the filed of digital medicine, inspired us to tap into unique capabilities of the art-sci way of knowing.

Working with scientists and getting access to Fraunhofer MEVIS R&D provoked us to develop one of a kind interdisciplinary art, we would have not otherwise considered. The project’s objective is to highligh the unique explorative creativity resulting from combining separate disciplines of science with art. At the same time the installation will be space to contemplate the bigger philosophical question such as what does it mean to be alive?

Using a bonsai as a metaphor for a coma patient, who cannot move and cannot speak, the project makes a comparison between two beings that are alive and if signs of life assume that consciousness exists. Our projects seek to question current ideas about how we can communicate with people who cannot communicate by movement or speech. Can we use existing medical technology to help people who are in comas, to see if there is any mental activity? What are the moral justifications related to coma patients and their welfare if signs of life are found?

The project is supported by medical visualisation technology, in this case an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine and presents it in an interactive and accessible way for people to visualise the process of the image capturing process. By using MRI, can we find out or can we see what is within the living? Working with
scientists, mathematicians and physicists from the Institutute for Digital Medicine, we have collected thousands of images of the bonsai in an MRI machine. The artists’ request presented a novel challenge for the researchers at MEVIS, who usually work on methods to improve MR imaging of human patients. Imaging plants were new to  them.

Ars Electronica Festival is one of the largest Media Arts Festival in the world and has a 40 year history that prides itself on the philosophy of ART, TECHNOLOGY and SOCIETY. By presenting at the festival, we hope to connect and contribute to this conversation about new possibilities in art and technology as well as how the project contributes to society and the implications it has in the real world.

The project is a multidisciplinary work that involves, scientists, mathematicians, psychologists, physicists, engineers, programmers and of course artists. The collaboration between the sciences and the arts is a growing field, and the project attempts to continue the open dialogues that happen because of these interactions. The festival draws people from all disciplines and facilitates dialogues between different groups of people throug talks and workshops and being part of the festival would mean forging new connections and potentially future projects.


Projection mapping on Bonsai using its own MRI Slices

3D printed branches and leaves generated from MRI scans attached onto Bonsai

Rapid prototyping process: 3D printing MRI scans at 0.15x scale

Aluminium wires embedded in bonsai during its nurturing phase, a mini surgery was required to remove them


Understanding and sending Bonsai into MRI Machine with Physcist Matthias Guenther

MRI Scan of Bonsai Tree with a rogue frequency band picked up by Aluminium wires embeded into Bonsai when nurturing its shape

Designing a custom Arduino circuit that is able to track Action Potential of Bonsai

Monitoring Action Potential of Bonsai through live data streamed to IoT Database Adafruit IO


Workshop held at Fraunhofer MEVIS in Bremen, Germany

Workshop held at Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria


1. Announcement of STEAM Imaging II Residency Results – http://www.adm.ntu.edu.sg/NewsnEvents/Pages/News-Detail.aspx?news=cc7336cd-bb48-4e56-97ac-f333450863b6 , https://www.mevis.fraunhofer.de/en/press-and-scicom/institute-news/2019/steam-imaging-ii--artists-in-residence-are-jake-tan-and-ernest-wu.html
2. Residency Kick Off at Fraunhofer MEVIS in Bremen, Germany – https://twitter.com/FraunhoferMEVIS/status/1179351588730736640
3. Press Release – https://www.mevis.fraunhofer.de/en/press-and-scicom/press-release/2019/patient-bonsai.html
4. Ars Electronica Blog Interview – https://ars.electronica.art/aeblog/en/2019/11/04/patient-bonsai/


Jake Tan
Ernest Wu
Ina Conradi
Project Coordinator Singapore
Bianka Hofmann
Project Development, Mentor & Mediator between Artist and Scientist
Veronika Liebl
Ars Electronica Project Coordinator
Veronika Krenn
Ars Electronica Project Coordinator
Sabrina Haase
STEAM Workshop Leader
Hanne Ballhausen
STEAM Workshop Supporter
Alexander Kohn
Technical Support, MeVisLab Trainer
David Black
Artistic Support (Sound Designer)
Matthias Guenther
MRI Expert, Physcist

1 STEAM stands for the connection of science, technology, and mathematics with the world of art. The “STEAM Imaging” program enables artist residencies focused on connecting science with the approaches of digital art. Integral components
include several workshops that aim at inspiring youth about the unusual alliance between art and science.
2 Patient Bonsai Fraunhofer MEVIS 4.11.2019 https://www.mevis.fraunhofer.de/en/press-and-scicom/press-release/2019/patient-bonsai.html
3 Physicist Professor Matthias Guenther, Mathematician Sabrina Hasse