Repetition is an audio-visual installation project investigating the act of reading online novels as a behavioral medium and its potential to become inward self-meditation, particularly for Generation Z.
Informed by Marshall McLuhan's theory of the medium as the message, the project illuminates how this mediated experience communicates fictional narratives, multicultural encounters, social interactions and digital reading experiences. It shifts focus to the highly repetitive and formulaic nature of online novels, investigating their assembly-line culture driven by mass production and standardized templates.
Poem-like paragraphs are crafted by the artist as visual fiction depicting a meditative journey, where imagination intertwines with light, shadows, abstract forms, figures, plants and natural landscapes, creating a tranquil atmosphere.
By training an AI model using fixed prompt words as a template, the artist inserts the paragraphs to generate visually diverse photographs. This iterative process involves repetitive training, selection and the artist's creative touch.
Repetition provides an intimate conceptual space for the audience to engage with visual fiction and embark on a meditative journey. The fragmented narration and viewing experiences gently communicate moments and emotions in a slow and contemplative manner, encouraging introspection and connection.
Sound excerpt from Ryuichi Sakamoto and Taylor Deupree's 2014 live performance in London.