2020.02 - 2022.05
Upstream is a series of generative visuals rendered with public available tweets during 2020 quarantine, representing the fluid nature of modern identity as language, space and protocol.
Fluidity and fragmentation potential of human identity
- Paralleled existences of metaphors within machine protocols and human languages.
The early developments of computation centered on the idea of recreating virtual representation of the physical world, the idea of metaphors became ubiquitous ever since then. Because of that, text became the cornerstone of virtual worlds.
Computer is a machine that can imitate, and thus substitute for, all others based on its programming.
- Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
Later in the 80s when computation made its way into pop culture and sci-fi literatures, the idea of the physical world being built like a computer program and consisted of codes/text gained a lot of attention. Making the very concept of metaphor works both ways as a loop.
When text became a prominent element of both worlds, the existence of modern social media after Web2.0 accelerated the process of identity fragmentation. People can now be broken down to things they follow, catchphrases they use in DMs, etc. The hosting platforms flattens the discourses, presenting a homogenized reality, blurring the line between of different individuals.
This version served as a snapshot of ones peripheral surrounding, of which I decided to go off from here and test with different renditions to create the visual language of identity.
Project submission instruction manual
The following iterations all involved with public tweets as rendering materials and focus on the shape of the self.
The certainty that everything has already been written annuls us,
or renders us phantasmal.
- Jorge Luis Borges
as eloquently put in what is most prominent fictional writing about the nature of information, language stood out.