| #WALL | Status: built Program: exhibition installation Area: 5 sq.m Location: The Mills, Hong Kong
Popularity of Social Media (type) Shapes Identity of City
Social media has been extremely dominant in contemporary urban living and largely affecting our sensorial impression towards cities. New identities (sub- themes) of cities are gradually building up by the virtual platforms, and which could be deviated dramatically from the one we perceived through daily life in the physical world. It is also not surprising that when one searches a specific topic in different platform, such as Google vs Baidu, the results could be very much varied. The identities of a city formed in the virtual platform are diverse and open. Multiple identities are creating through these platforms.
An installation of collective aspiration
“# wall” is an installation designed for conducting research on possible representation of collective aspiration based on the virtual crowd-data platforms. Images found by inserting certain keyword or hashtag on different social platform will be physicalized in a three-dimensional hanging screen wall (format) made by paper with printed images. 2x2pixel (scale) is the minimum composition in digital world to compose variation. This installation is a translation of this 2x2 pixel composition into an actual time-space. Digital negative films are used to respond to the fabric factory history of the exhibition site, which celebrates the age of industrial production.
The images will be organized with certain parameter such as topic of interest, including but not limited to “what we wear, where we live, what we eat, how we travel”. The installation will also visualize the upload time (dimension) to give the visitor a sense of evolution of these identities. Topic and image related to HK & SZ (boundary) will be exanimated. Below is the summarized idea framework.
Duality of cities identities (virtual x reality) X Duality of social media X 2x2pixel X HK x SZ
As a device for crowd sourcing
During the exhibition, visitors are allowed to upload their images for the exhibitor to renew periodically. The installation is expected to be ever changing and engaging with general people. The information / images collected in this stage will be brought to the next stage for further analysis and interpretation. Result would be expected to be put on social media / website.