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Lin Hsin


Lin HsinHsin - Something New Must Turn Up: Six Singaporean Artists After  1965 | National Gallery Singapore

Known for
Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Technology, Color Science, Digital Art, Digital Music, Digital Media, poetry

In bytes we travel, Lin Hsin Hsin: Memoirs of Deutschland

Lin Hsin Hsin (Chinese: 林欣欣; pinyin: Lín Xīn Xīn) is an IT inventor, artist, poet and composer from Singapore, deeply rooted in mathematics and information technology. She established the first virtual museum website, the Lin Hsin Hsin Art Museum, in 1994.


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Lin was born in Singapore. She graduated in mathematics from the University of Singapore and received a postgraduate degree in computer science from Newcastle University, England. She studied music and art in Singapore, printmaking at the University of Ulster, papermaking in Ogawamachi, Japan and paper conservation at the University of Melbourne Conservation Services.

IT Invention

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Lin Hsin Hsin is a digital native. Lin builds and pens her IT vision in computing, poems, and paintings.

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  • 1999 February 16, poem titled "e-commerce" on e-commerce, p. 21, "Between the Lines"
  • 1999 February 1, poem titled "Mobility" on mobility, p. 20, "Between the Lines"
  • 1996 October 1, poem titled "e-money" on e-commerce, p. 58, "In Bytes we Travel"
  • 1995 September 9, poem titled "The Day Will Come..." on SMS, using fingers to type on screen, p. 181, "In Bytes we Travel"
  • 1995 5 September, poem titled "take a walk thru' the cyber mall", on e-commerce, p. 54, "In Bytes we Travel"
  • 1994 Designed and built first virtual museum in the world,
  • 1994 May, painted "Voices of the Future" – oil painting depicted the wireless and mobile entertainment future lifestyle, p. 32, "Lin Hsin Hsin: Works from Art, Science & Technology Series"
  • 1993 August 23, poem titled "Till Bankrupt Do Us Part", on online shopping & e-commerce, p. 241, "Sunny Side Up"
  • 1993 February, predicted the Y2K bug while building a ten-year forecasting model on an IBM i486 PC, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC), 1999
  • 1992 May, use the @ symbol in a book title, book front cover & title page, "Love @ 1st Byte"
  • 1992 wanted to build a multimedia museum (letter to National Computer Board, Singapore)
  • 1977 painted "The Computer as Architect" – oil painting depicted the vision of the power of computer in architecture. Ten years before Hsin Hsin created the 1st 3D digital art in Singapore, she has never seen nor used a CAD system. However, she has envisaged the use of computer for architecture, hence the title of the painting.
  • 1976 painted "Distillation of an Apple" – oil painting visualising the construction and usage of Apple computer 7 days before the birth of Apple computer.
  • Paintings and sculptures

    Lin Hsin Hsin specialises in oil painting, she has transformed the opaque properties of oil paint to make it translucent in 1988. As such, she has made oil paint to look like watercolor, Chinese ink as well as pastel, pencil or charcoal, as demonstrated in the Aqua Series of paintings. Besides oil paintings, she makes acrylic sculptures.

    Art Exhibitions

    Lin Hsin Hsin has held 15 solo exhibitions in Singapore, Amsterdam, and San Jose, California, United States. She has participated in more than 220 exhibitions in 60 cities, 26 countries across Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

    Art Collectors

    Lin HsinHsin - Something New Must Turn Up: Six Singaporean Artists After  1965 | National Gallery Singapore

    Lin's art can be seen in private, public and museum collections in 32 cities across Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. In 1985, she was awarded a silver medal by the Société des Artistes Français, Paris. In 1987, Lin received the IBM Singapore Art Award, she has received Visiting Fellowship to Germany in 1988 and Japan Foundation Fellowship in 1991 Her artworks are in private, public and museum collections in Asia, Europe and North America.


    Besides paper sculptures, papier collé, collograph and monoprints, Lin handmade acid-free paper. She has pioneered acid-free papaya paper and umbrella plant paper in 1992 .

    Digital Media Pioneer

    Lin is a digital media pioneer, She has created digital music in 1985, 3D digital art in 1987, and digital animation in 1989 in Singapore. Since 1993 todate, Lin has pioneered the use of a two-button mechanical PC Mouse to draw and paint Western and Chinese paintings. She has created digital oil paintings, watercolors, Chinese ink paintings and calligraphy. She also digitally sketches with this mouse. Hsin Hsin has never and does not use any tablet PC and stylus in such creation. More than 250 digitally created artworks were exhibited in 1997 in her 15th solo exhibition in Singapore.

    Virtual Museum

    In 1994, Lin set up the first virtual museum in the world, the Lin Hsin Hsin Art Museum

    Lin Hsin Hsin created Web art and Net art in 1995, HTML art in 1996 and she has developed interactive Web art since 1997. Lin pioneered virtual sculpting in 1999 in Singapore; it was exhibited in Paris, France in 1999, 2001, and 2003.

    Digital Art

    Lin Hsin Hsin Started from the real-world, in 1985, she moved into the digital world.

    However, Lin has, since 1994, began with the digital, and fabricated the digital into the real


    Lin believes in Mathematical & Computing fundamentals, she anchors on science to create art. She

  • forbids drag & drop, scan & morph, cut & paste processes to create digital art.
  • established Eco-computing initiatives for digital media in 2007.
  • algorithm driven & equation-based
  • Linux platform
  • Genres

    Lin initiates, establishes and creates different genres of digital art:

  • Non-Photorealistic Rendering Images (NPR) by a hand held device (mouse)
  • Images include digital oil paintings, digital watercolor, digital cartoons, digital Chinese ink, digital crayons, digital pencils, etc.
  • Photorealistic Images by a hand held device (mouse)
  • Images include digital oil paintings, digital watercolor, digital Chinese ink, digital crayons, digital pencils, etc.
  • Mathematical art
  • 2D – still images include: 253 categories of digital fabrics, digital coin
  • 3D – still and animated. Computation-based digital voyages; 3D modelling digital sculptures, 3D modelling digital objects
  • Grid Geometry art
  • 2D Grid Geometry art
  • 2D Interactive Grid Geometry Art
  • 2D Perception-Based Art
  • 3D Perception-Based Art
  • lenticular, coleuraille
  • Stereoscopic 3D
  • Equation-based art
  • 2D – still and animated. Images include digital oil and digital watercolor.
  • 3D – still and animated digital sculptures, digital jewelry digital objects. digital furnitures,
  • All 2D and 3D equation-based art can be realised and fabricated into real-world entities.
  • Web-based art
  • 2D – still, animated and interactive.
  • 3D – still, animated and interactive.
  • ICP (In-Camera Painting)
  • Android Smartphone Platform—FIT (Finger Intelligence Technologies)
  • 2D: finger digital painting without image editing software
  • animated and/performance, interactive
  • abstract
  • calligraphic
  • photorealistic
  • 3D: finger digital sculptures
  • 4D: finger gestures and finger choreography enabled live 3D performance
  • 4D: live 3D performance
  • Digital music

    From conceptualisation to composing, from sound calibration to mastering, Lin has produced music on a PC without a sound card and midi instruments. Lin creates virtual instruments including a virtual didgeridoo, a berimbau used by the Brazilian aborigines. In 2006, Lin has realised the sonification of nature, including a rainforest, waterfalls and wind by an interactive virtual sound board she has created. Hsin Hsin's music has been performed in Vienna, Austria in 2002, Bourges, France in 2003, 2004 and Pisa, Italy, 2005.

    Music visualisation

    Lin has composed music and painted music as an artist. The 45 paintings in the "Abstraction in Music" Series (1986–1987) is her interpretation of music on canvas, as she is moved by the music of great composers such as Handel (Water Music), Mozart (Jupiter Symphony), Franz Liszt (Rhapsodies dan l'espace), Vivaldi (The Four Seasons), Debussy (La Mer). In addition to the canvases, there are the paperworks subtitled "La Petite Séries" created with different techniques, an abstraction of audio visualisation—perceived images of the sound in music such as Musical Ornaments: Trill, Appoggiatura and Turn (Staccato) and sound in the universe like Woodpecker.

    Lin has conceptualised and written about the art in music and music in art. Since 2002, Hsin Hsin has digitally created visual music, or animated music, as she puts it.

    2005, Lin built wearables and lights that response to music.

    2006, Lin built paradigm shift interactive digital real-world musical instruments—I-Musika

    Interactive music

    Lin developed an interactive Music Sound Board in 2006. The creation of this soft sound board enables real time creation of the sound of nature. Examples are elements of sound audible in nature, such as rain forest, insects, water, and wind.


    Combining mathematics, technology, art and music, Hsin Hsin pursues interdisciplinary studies.


    Lin speaks, reads and writes in Chinese, English, Japanese and French. She writes poems in these languages

  • Poetry Books
  • "iWrite", 2011, ISBN 978-981-08-9367-5, Dewey Decimal Class 821
  • "To The Point", 2010
  • "Between The Lines", 2004, Pro-Literature Verlag, ISBN 978-3-937034-51-5
  • "Between The Lines", 2004, ISBN 978-981-04-9512-1, Dewey Decimal Class 821
  • "In Bytes We Travel", 1997, ISBN 978-981-02-3359-4, Dewey Decimal Class 828, Library of Congress PR9570.S53 L5644 1997
  • "Sunny Side Up", 1994, ISBN 978-981-00-5840-1, Library of Congress PR9570.S53 L797 1994
  • "Love @ 1st Byte", 1992, ISBN 978-981-02-1026-7, Dewey Decimal Class 821, Library of Congress PR9570.S53 L565 1992
  • "From Time to Time", 1991, ISBN 978-981-00-2705-6, Library of Congress PR9570.S53 L794 1991
  • "Take a Word for a Walk", 1989, ISBN 978-981-00-1085-0, Dewey Decimal Class 821, Library of Congress PR9570.S53 L57 1989
  • Her poetry books have been catalogued in major libraries in the world:

  • National Library of Canada, Canada
  • The British Library, England
  • Deutsche Bibliothek, Germany
  • Deutsche Bücherei, Germany
  • Library of Congress, USA
  • Libraries in Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia
  • University libraries in USA, Canada, England, Australia and Hong Kong
  • Museum libraries in Germany and Canada
  • Publications

    Lin is an author of 75 books, including ten poetry books.

    Contemporary art books

  • "IT's Happening!". 1994, ISBN 978-981-00-5852-4, Library of Congress MLCM 93/00203 (N)
  • "Memoirs of Deutschland Series II", 1993, ISBN 978-981-00-1898-6, Library of Congress MLCSE 93/00319 (N)
  • "Back to Nature", 1992, ISBN 978-981-00-3901-1, Library of Congress N7330.S522L56 1992
  • "From Time to Time", 1991, ISBN 978-981-00-2704-9
  • "The Art of Reading", 1990, ISBN 978-981-00-1898-6
  • "Where Water Flows", 1989, ISBN 978-981-00-1090-4
  • "Music Observed", 1987, ISBN 978-9971-84-914-6
  • Selected articles

  • "The man who made sculpture move" – An Essay on Alexander Calder
  • "Picasso: painting life into objects"
  • "Come aboard the 19th century" – An Essay on a Visit to Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  • Digital media

  • "Perception-based Art" 2011, ISBN 978-981-07-0662-3
  • "The Art of Mondriaan by Lin Hsin Hsin", 2011, ISBN 978-981-07-0141-3
  • "A New Paradigm for Visualization and Generating Grid Geometry Art and Beyond" 2010, ISBN 978-981-08-3437-1
  • "bel canto, Volume VIII: leaves n petals", 2010, ISBN 978-981-08-6987-8
  • "bel canto, Volume VII: blobs n spots", 2010, ISBN 978-981-08-6986-1
  • "bel canto, Volume VI: blue n white", 2010, ISBN 978-981-08-6985-4
  • "bel canto, Volume V: the fabric of vision", 2010, ISBN 978-981-08-6984-7
  • "bel canto, Volume IV: in focus", 2010, ISBN 978-981-08-6983-0
  • "bel canto, Volume III: between the lines", 2010, ISBN 978-981-08-6982-3
  • "bel canto, Volume II: when black meets white", 2010, ISBN 978-981-08-6981-6
  • "bel canto, Volume I: bird entering the teatro", 2010, ISBN 978-981-08-6980-9
  • "Voice Over Intellectual Properties By Lin Hsin Hsin Volume III: Classic", 2010, ISBN 978-981-08-6990-8
  • "Voice Over Intellectual Properties by Lin Hsin Hsin, Volume II: Paper As A Medium", 2010, ISBN 978-981-08-6989-2
  • "Voice Over Intellectual Properties by Lin Hsin Hsin, Volume I: Digital Media", 2010, ISBN 978-981-08-6988-5
  • "Painterly Yours", 2009, ISBN 978-981-08-9439-9
  • "The Art of i,j,k", 2010, ISBN 978-981-08-9410-8
  • "The A – Z of Visualization", 2010, ISBN 978-981-08-9438-2
  • "What is in a Brush", 2008, ISBN 978-981-08-9437-5
  • "The Automorphism of Amalgamation Polytopes and Tessellation", 2008, ISBN 978-981-08-9411-5
  • "A New Paradigm for Visualization and Generating Grid Geometry Art, 2007, ISBN 978-981-08-3437-1
  • "When Equations Paints", 2007, ISBN 978-981-08-3383-1
  • "Every Pixel Counts", 2003, ISBN 978-981-08-3423-4
  • "@art : A Cyberart show by Lin Hsin Hsin", 1997, ISBN 978-981-00-9142-2
  • A selection of recent publications available @ Computer Science Bibliographic Repository
  • Digital music

  • "Rudiments Mapping – An Axiomatic Approach to Music Composition", International Computer Music Conference, 2003,
  • "I1)-Musika:Mobile Interface Musical Expression (MIME)", IV '07 Proceedings of the 11th International Conference Information Visualization, ISBN 0-7695-2900-3
  • References

    Lin Hsin Hsin Wikipedia