勤力費電 | hardworking burning electricity — 王鎮海 不求人展 | wong chun hoi solo exhibition
[FP members’ solo series 據點成員作品發表系列]
By opening the blackbox of the electronic circuit, I call attention to what lies between the input and output state. It seems the algorithm and intense soldering exercises I have done present a surprising artistic meaning.
The on-site work at Floating Projects is version 1.04, in which I have debugged problems encountered in the initial versions. The artistic objectives remain intact as that which I first conceived in ‘hardworking circuit #1‘.
My work is invoked by my dissatisfaction with the overtly spectacular appearance and total black-boxing of the algorithm and internal mechanisms in many media art works nowadays.
Trained in a media art curriculum, I have a strong, even desperate, urge to maximize the potential of tools and raw materials in my hands, to push them in order to feel their limits. “How dumb can an electronic circuit function?” This question has always been lingering in my mind. Conventions of circuit design predicate primarily upon functionality and economic return. In response, in hardworking circuit #1, I have created an overtly excessive, and almost unnecessary circuit system, just to turn on some LED lights.
I begin with plotting a schema of monotonous, repetitive circuit, using as many units as possible of relay switch to bridge up the sequential extension of cables, merely for the purpose of electricity connection. As I advance the connections and reach the 50th relay switch, the intensifying resistance of the growing cables and disorder in the relay switch cause the whole system to break down. Forced to stop by the circuit I have made, I review the ‘paper concept’ to reconsider what has happened by calculation, measurement and analysis, followed by a series of trial and error. Numbers and hardware – cold and inhuman they are – tell me a lot: why the system needs warming up, how much jam I have created, how much energy I have wasted, and when and where I should stop. Driven by the need to compensate for the wastage I have generated which I have also meant to critique, I make the next work. I turn to sound, an amazing by-product of my excessive, doomed-to-fail generative circuit machine.
The circuit system I have made gives off patterns of sound as a result of the domino effect of the bridging-up connections processing. These sounds, generated by electronics in the circuit, and the mechanically accumulated delay time are valuable to me. This machine of mine is no longer as monotonous as it looks on paper. The apparent ‘waste’ and ‘excess’ force open its (often forgotten) functional purpose (i.e. the blackbox of an electronic circuit) to generate a 2nd-generation schematic state. By opening the blackbox of the electronic circuit, I call attention to what lies between the input and output state. It seems the algorithm and intense soldering exercises I have done present a surprising artistic meaning.
首先是繪畫了一個圖面上重複單調的電路圖,在單一電線管道用上了海量的繼電器作為橋樑來延續電線的長度而已。當要把 電路圖變成實體,接駁第五十個繼電器時,愈來愈長的電線內的電阻和繼電器的失效令整個電路「功能」報廢,我不得不停下來審視自己在之前的紙上談兵,從一輪考量實際情況的計算、量度和試錯反省,算式上數字和冰冷的電子零件的姿態在告訴我 更多這件作品的事實:為什麼他們運作前要熱身,製造了多少混帳,浪費了多少能量,而我什麼時候在哪裡就好要停。一時間有感自己根本在製造本來要批判的對象。
2016.01.15(五|Fri)～02.14(日|Sun) 12:00 – 20:00 (Closed on Monday | 星期一休息)
據點・句點 Floating Projects
Room D, 8/F, Kwai Bo Industrial Building, No.40 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong Island 香港黃竹坑道40號貴寶工業大廈8樓D室
15.01.2016 (五｜Fri) 7:30pm
讓硬塑料被電吧 大戰 } Open Battle – Let hard plastic get electrocuted
17.01.2016 (日｜Sun) 8:00pm
據點空間壓力測試 0.05 ｜floating projects spatial pressure calibration 0.05 [event page]
24.01.2016 (日｝Sun) 3:00pm
片子不是屬於我的放映會 | screening – the videos I made their sound only
14.02.2016 (日｜Sun) 時間：晚上七時入席 | Time: 7pm house open
勤力人體導電器 – 2016 極速約會 TT~TT | hardworking electrocuting machine – speed dating TT~TT [Event page]
讓硬塑料被電吧 大戰 Open Battle – Let hard plastic get electrocuted
15.01.2016 (五｜Fri) 7:30pm
Wong Chun Hoi (b.1990) was graduated from the School of Creative Media in City University of Hong Kong in 2012, majored in Critical Intermedia Laboratory. He treats Anger as the temporary initiation of making art. His works mainly involves sound and electronics. being honest and sincere is his basic creative principle.
Always working as a sound designer and engineer, also providing alternative technical support to vary artist. Currently working as the artistic engineer in floating projects. He believes that making complement to other art making is an important way to learn art.
勤力電路 #1.0 – 直流電十二伏特 | hardworking circuit #1 -12V DC [裝置 | installation]
勤力電路 #1.1 – 交流電二百二十伏特| hardworking circuit #1.1 – 220V AC [裝置 | installation]
勤力電路 #1.2 – 直流電廿四伏特| hardworking circuit #1.2 – 24V DC [裝置 | installation]
終極有用系統 #0 – 衣架 | extremely useful system #0 – hanger [裝置 | installation]
終極有用系統 #1 – 柴火 | extremely useful system #1 – firewood [裝置 | installation]
讓硬塑料被電吧 | Let the hard plastic be electrocuted [裝置+錄象 | installation + video]
[展覽期間仍有作品製作中 | work in progress during the exhibition period]
Related reading: Spatial Pressure Calibration 0.05: “Hardworking Burning Challengers”