TOMORROW IN A GLASS

#installation #movingimage #video #dystopia #future

BACKGROUND

Tomorrow in a Glass (2017) is a new version of an older artwork Weather Forecast (2016).  The logic is the same, but this version has a more refined concept with a focus on Hong Kong.  Apart from the videos, sound is changed, as well as the installation setup.

STATEMENT

Do you like to look at the sky?

When I am out on the street, I like to look at the sky, think about will happen in the coming hours. And I always read the weather forecast before I head out, to decide whether I needed umbrella, sunglasses or an extra coat.

We want to know about the future, unfortunately, ‘future’ is one of the things we cannot get hold of. But as humans, we always make our best attempt to decipher the future – from daily zodiac to economic growth. At our best knowledge.

In recent years, the storm glass* becomes popular. The decorative glass is used for weather forecast, it contains not only transparent liquid and white chemicals, but also our future.

Tomorrow in a glass is a video installation, which generates unique videos from a database of one hundred clips depends on real-time information of the storm glass*, and provide forecast about tomorrow for District 852 – stories about counting down to midnight. 

*Storm glass is a sealed tube containing a liquid, the clarity of which was thought to change when storms approach. (About Storm Glass )
Installation view at exhibition From Outside of the Inside (2017) in Pure Art Foundation Studio 52

CONCEPT

Tomorrow in a glass is a video installation, which generates unique videos from a database of one hundred clips depends on real-time information of the storm glass*, and provide ‘forecast’ about tomorrow for District 852 – videos about counting down to midnight.

The installation includes sound (3 portable speakers, metronome), objects (storm glass, iPad), and a system (computer, video with sound).

[The system]  

A webcam is used to capture a live feed of the storm glass, and the pixel value is used to determine the videos to be played.  The webcam is connected to a MAXMSP patcher, every 5 minutes, the system captures a new reading.  The system can define four types of weather – windy, rainy, hazy and sunny.  For each weather type, there is a unique set of short clips.

[Video]  

There are 4 sets of short clips related to the specific weather, each set contains 25 different clips of 15-sec long.  A 4-min video is generated by combining 9 clips belongs to a specific weather set in random order, together with the standard intro and ending.

[Sound]  

Apart from the sound in the video, 3 portable speakers and a metronome are placed in different corners of the space.  The speakers are out of sync to announce time (x minutes to midnight) and the year.

[Objects]  

An iPad showing (and reading) a Wiki page about the Doomsday Clock is placed next to the computer which shows the same Wiki page in Cantonese.

DOCUMENTATION VIDEO

EXCERPT (ARTIST’S EDIT)

 

Coverages / Extended readings

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