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)

黃志偉

 大數據是新的迷信!

如是,意為如此,這樣。沒增或損,事物的本來面目。《如是》為沉浸式的裝置藝術作品。當中運用了中國古老的術數運算程式,「八字」。抽走了所有文化符號和物質化的詮譯,只剩下八字的基本,亦即五行(金,水,木,火,土)。參與者只要輸入他的出生年月日時,這本來用作算命的運算程式,只展現流動的五行顔色。參與者不會從這機器看到他命運的推斷,他只能看到時間和變化。

“你想知道什麼?”,數據科學家或命理師有能力將無常的事物變成可量化的數字,接著給你一個預測。大數據似乎不能避免成為新的宗教。如是,什麼是資訊?什麼是情感?有趣的是,我們本來是想掌控一切的,但從八字到大數據分析,我們都一直允許自己去相信一些我們不求甚解的事情。你認為這是知識還是迷信?“你想成為什麼?”,智慧的運算程式還是你更懂得回答這問題?我是數據的部份故我在?究竟人性將會往那裏去?

《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。