Backups of buildings are concerned with re-excavating archives as image clusters and creating new images from them, and virtual backups of buildings or other things are exactly what image research is all about across images and dimensions.
Hidden Flow – Cement Plant
8K video, 32:9, color, no sound, 00:02:07, loop, 2020
Hidden Flow-Cement Plant is the first experimental video of the artist’s virtual series. The virtual state refers to things that are completely destroyed or damaged at the physical level and then rebuilt at the virtual level. The virtual state includes avatars composed of specific images in the real world, as well as model reconstruction of things in the virtual three-dimensional world.
The artist thinks about how material exists in the digital environment, so this series is produced. The material virtual state series attempts to combine two research directions, namely digital archaeology and image archiving. The artist attempts to collect images from the Internet through archaeological excavation and archive a digital image of the resume. Archived images in reality are also introduced as another form of images. In addition, the virtual model is another kind of image avatar, which looks tangible, but it is actually another form of image. The existence of the image is established and becomes a virtual state parallel to things, more like a hidden image flow.
As the first work, Hidden Flow-Cement Plant examines the historical pictures of the Heidelberg Cement Plant in Germany. Based on a picture of a factory site that has been demolished, the virtual state of the cement plant is reconstructed. The cement plant has been given the meaning of construction, so this video is also a metaphor for the existence and circulation of things.