RuShi (2018)

John Wong (Hong Kong)

Big Data is the new superstition now!

如是 (RuShi) means “as is”. Nothing more or less, but the true colors. It’s a piece of contemplative immersive installation art, where in using the ancient Chinese metaphysic algorithm, “八字” (BaZi). Yet take out all the extra cultural signs & materialistic interpretations, remain only the “Basic”, i.e. the 5 elements (gold/ wood/ water/ fire/ earth). Participants type in their date & time of birth, the fortune-telling algorithm turns out showing only the unique ones’ flow of colors. We can see no prediction of life from this machine, but only time & changes.

 “What do you want to know?”, both data scientist or fortune-teller have the ability to turn the world of uncertainty into quantified numerical existence, then giving us an answer with future prediction. Big data seems inevitably becoming our new religion. If so, what is information? And what are the emotions? Interesting though, we want to be in control, but from BaZi to predictive analytics, we allow ourselves to believe in something that we don’t understand how it works. And so, you would say it is knowledge or superstition? “What do you want to be?”, intelligent algorithm or you can answer this question better? I am part of the data therefore I am? Where exactly humanity will go? 

“如是” (RuShi)(2018), is the first work of 迷/信 (Immersion/ Decentralization) series. “迷信” in Chinese means superstition. Playing on the double meaning, “迷” means “lost” and “信” means “belief & trust”. So, extending the meaning to immersive-ness, and new trust, from the idea of decentralization. 迷/信 series questions the new cultures and human behavior of mixed realities & new identities in the computer age.


如是 (2018)





《如是》(2018) 是迷/信 (Immersion/ Decentralisation) 系列的第一個作品。”迷信”於中文意為盲目地相信的行為。把字拆開,”迷”也主迷失或沉迷。”信”則為相信和信任。迷/信系列希望去探討在電腦時代裏,多重現實和多重身份的文化和行為。