wmce6 2018.09.13 [immediate release 即日發佈]
歧路結節，開合解謎 Hidden Variables: Forking Paths of Visuality and Technology
羅海德 Hector Rodriguez
26.09.2018 – 15.10.2018 | 11am – 7pm / Mon – Sun ***opening 26 September 2018 6:30-8:30pm
上環文娛中心6樓展覽廳 Exhibition Hall, 6/F, Sheung Wan Civic Centre
藝術、科技、存庫 “Art, Technology, and the Archive”
06.10.2018 | 2pm – 4pm 上環文娛中心6樓展覽廳 6/F, Sheung Wan Civic Centre
Guided tour by artist (2:00pm) + lecture (3:00pm) 藝術家導覽 （下午二時）+講座（下午三點）
Can computational media help us to rethink and re-experience our cinematic heritage? Can computer technology dialogue with the cultural past? Hidden Variables showcases the research-creation work of an interdisciplinary artist and scholar with a film studies background who re-invents classical cinema using algorithmic technologies.
This exhibition is a retrospective of Hector Rodriguez’s computational and generative cinema projects from 2011 to his most recent experiments. His art pieces, all based on data extracted from classical films, appear in a variety of forms, from single-channel videos, multiple projections, digital prints, and animations to audio-visual and textual documentations of the processes of research and experimentation.
Many of the works have been completely reconfigured specially for this exhibition, which includes a new intensely colorful version of the artist’s classic work, Gestus: Judex.
The works in the show form rich clusters and multiple connections. Visitors are invited to wander freely and curiously to and fro between works in order to discover unseen relations, or, stop by the research/reading room in order to acquaint themselves with the basics of the artist’s processes of experimentation. The “forking paths” design reactivates the desire of seeing the past anew.
Some of the works aim to visualize mathematical ideas. Rodríguez expresses abstract formal concepts in concrete visual terms. The application of new algorithms to existing moving images not only reveals those images in a new light but also calls attention to the technologies themselves. Technology here takes on a self-reflexive aspect.
One of the main tasks of media art, the artist believes, is to open the black box of technology and discover previously unknown artistic possibilities.
*The artist wants to thank the Research Assistants who have worked closely with him through the years: Philip Kretchmann, Hugo Yeung and Sam Chan.
展示一個深諳電影史和理論的學者如何深探數學理念的程式化運算對分析、開發電影的可能性。分佈展場的是藝術家2011-2018的作品群，有單窗錄像、多頻投影、數碼平面圖、貌似動畫的活動影像、紀錄實驗過程的錄像文字圖表。 一組一組的設置簇聚，細看，是多重的對話和相互連結。同一個數學定理衍生出來的作品長相外貌體格氣質不盡相同，在另一時段的作品裡又找到不一樣的翻身。訪者因此必須主動好奇的看，在不同的作品中來回遊走去弄出端倪；要不，就從其中一個叫 “閱讀室” 的作品開始，先理解背景因由。像歧路花園的空間設計，活化了看的慾望，對有心者而言，謎底近在咫尺。