ABOUT THE WORK
Material: Mixed media,data art,digital art
Concept DocumentWith the progress of social civilization, human activities continue to disturb and interfere with the natural environment, resulting in... Read More
With the progress of social civilization, human activities continue to disturb and interfere with the natural environment, resulting in a series of impacts, such as the climate crisis, which makes the development of the world towards a variety of possibilities. As Timothy Morton said, "everything is interconnected". These possibilities not only interfere with social and economic development but also interfere with the process of human civilization. These disturbances are sometimes good and sometimes bad. Due to the interference of early human activities, the Kubuqi Desert has degenerated from grassland to the seventh-largest desert in China. Although forest vegetation can reproduce without human interference, the harsh environment of the Kubuqi Desert has far exceeded the natural regulation ability, and the purpose of ecological restoration cannot be achieved through nature. Therefore, on the premise of respecting the local desert ecosystem, afforestation has become the main way of ecological management of the Kubuqi Desert. After more than 30 years of efforts, local enterprises and residents have successfully afforested one-third of the Kubuqi Desert, prompting forest vegetation and other species to regain their living space. For this reason, the Kubuqi Desert ecology also provides people with valuable forest resources, economic sources, and food sources, forming a landscape of green and rich. In other words, people build and manage forests to improve the local climate and environment, as forests regulate climate and feedback human beings to promote the economic development of local communities. Additionally, other livesobtain living space in the process of ecological restoration and become an important part of the ecosystem. They live with human beings and forests, redesigning and shaping the current sustainable ecosystem of the Kubuqi Desert. In a word, the intervention of human activities leads to different possibilities due to different social purposes, and these possibilities are a kind of thinking experience in the social dream.
Based on my research in the Kubuqi Desert, I combined my personal feelings and ecological experience in the KubuqiDesert to carry out art practice. The purpose is to build a discussion space related to daily life through art to attract people's attention, where people can communicate and exchange with forest and climate, and effectively receive ecological related knowledge.
Description of the work of art
Climate Coding is a digital artwork. It is designed based on my ecological experience of the Kubuqi Desert and the temperature data of the Kubuqi Desert from 1959 to 2020. I divided this work into two parts and displayed it on two large-size digital screens (height: 1.92m, width: 0.772m). Through algorithm coding and Unreal Engine 4, I designed 744 square small rooms, which were placed together in the order of month to month, year to year. Each room is lit by lights of different colours. These colours are obtained by algorithmic coding of the temperature data of the Kubuqi Desert. In daily life, the temperature is usually displayed in digital form, but it can't give people an intuitive feeling of temperature. I am very sensitive to temperature. I will wear a heavy down coat below 10 degrees and a T-shirt above 25 degrees. Also, the temperature affects my mood. If it is too hot, my mood will be very irritable, and if it is too cold, my mood will be very upset. In fact, people's emotions are closely related to temperature. As the most intuitive feeling, colour has a similar effect to temperature. Different colours can have different emotional effects on people. In my work, light is very important because I use it to create an atmosphere and remind people of their living space. We all live in a space called the earth, we all live in a space called home, and we live in a space called room. I created these 744 rooms using 3D sculptures and lights. After a busy day outside, we will eventually return to our own space and relax and sleep there. It will make us feel comfortable and safe. Therefore, in my work, I created this work with lights and empty rooms, hoping to connect with the audience's daily life. The color of light is programmed through temperature data to let the audience feel what it feels like when they are deep in a house with different temperatures. For example, the room under the orange light will feel warm and comfortable. You will feel cold and lonely in the room under the blue light. In short, I visualize the temperature by the colour of the light aiming to draw people’sattention to the climate change. Also, through it to convey the climate information of the Kubuqi Desert, so as to help the audience better understand the relationship between man and climate. It was summer when I was in the Kubuqi Desert. Because there is a lot of vegetation in my area, I won't feel too hot during the day and too cold at night. Moreover, in the desert, I also saw many rare wild animals which have disappeared for many years. In my view, I felt like I was on holiday in the desert. This is completely different from the description I heard many years ago. This experience has given me great inspiration, that is, human active intervention plays a great role in ecological restoration and global warming. Therefore, I design this work to show people a speculative and sustainable future, a future that people can achieve through active intervention. Moreover, through this work, the audience can intuitively see the law of temperature change in the Kubuqi Desert, and they will find that there is not too much difference in the temperature of the Kubuqi Desert in the past 62 years, mainly because the ecological restoration project of the Kubuqi Desert is awakened on the premise of respecting the desert ecosystem. Thus, it has not caused damage to the desert system. On the contrary, this desert ecological restoration project creates a sustainable, ecological, and economic system in which people live in harmony with nature. In general, in this work, I take a specific successful ecological restoration case as the research object, explore the impact of the current severe climate problems and their severe consequences on human future development, and put forward possible uses, interactions and behaviors through digital art. The purpose is to find and create a discussion space, develop alternative social imagination, encouraging people to think and find a sustainable speculative future conducive to the existence of all people.
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