On 08/08/2013 by Site Default

In the 1830s, the electric telegraph was invented. It was designed to organize English characters and punctuation according to the frequency with which they occur in text, and then establish a set of rules. Combinations of dots and dashes were used to represent each letter or sign, those occurring most frequently possessing the shortest assignments. When transferred electrically, a dot would correspond to a short electrical pulse, and a dash to a longer one. The telegraph was thus able to effectively and precisely transmit a code-bearing information—the computer, invented over a century later, also adopted binary code as the carrier of its data.

Like the technological inventions above, Wang Yuyang, in his new solo exhibition “Liner,” uses technology (3D modelling software) to turn binary code into information (visual images). His process, however, produces none of the intended effectiveness or precision. The appearance of the installation and painting on the right-hand side of the gallery was determined by phrases that Wang Yuyang collected and later transferred to binary code—a string of 1s and 0s that he then imported into image and 3D modelling software such as 3D Max and Painter. The forms, colors, dimensions, and materials automatically generated by the software were then created with actual materials…


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