Digital Being: TV Being 006+009 Series

7(W) x 6H) x 7(D) ft, CRT TV Monitor, Mount, Pipe, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and LED, 2017

There are very simple digital codes in all electronics, such as televisions, speakers and computers. Not only is the daily output of these electronics incalculable, but also an enormous number of them are discarded. Unless the memory chips or CPUs of the circuits are completely destroyed, they can still operate by the command codes inside their bodies. What if these command codes were accidentally and repeatedly combined, generating mutant codes and errors among themselves? What if a code were to realize its consciousness during this continuous operation? As digital technology continues to develop and more e-waste is produced, the possibility of machines to unexpectedly interact dramatically increases.

My artwork, “DIGITAL BEING,” based on this hypothesis that technology can unexpectedly evolve, is a series of the media installations created from detritus of broken and discarded electronic devices. It is an unknown creature (A.I.) born within the circuits of technological garbage. This creature responds to its environment through an atypical movement or specific interaction according to the machinery that it dominates.

“TV Being 006+009” , a member of the digital being family, brings up philosophical questions, such as who am I and where do I come from, by displaying text, basic geometry, and a planet.

The piece have been shown at New York Hall of Science, AFA Gallery, The Clemente Center, New York Media Center, Barnes & Noble and Showfields.

TV Being 009-01

16.5(W) x 53H) x 19(D) inch, CRT TV Monitor, Mount, Pipe, Arduino, and LED, 2017

It starts displaying platonic elements.


TV Being 009-02

8(W) x 39(H) x 12(D) inch, CRT TV Monitor, Mount, Speaker, Raspberry Pi, and LED, 2017

At the end of their evolutionary process, they look out of this world. 

TV Being 009-04

8(W) x 39(H) x 12(D) inch, CRT Monitor, Mount, Arduino, and LED, 2017

It generates random texts.