1. Participant inputs a name and send out the request.
2. The system queries the photos according to their tags from web albums-Flickr in real time
3. The photos will be fetched, transformed into blue dots, and placed on the earth map according to their GPS position on the top of scroll.
4. The faces on the photos will be identified and chosen by using face recognition system.
5. All the chosen faces will be merged into a digital portrait in the bottom of the scroll. The digital portrait is flowing slowly until it disappears and restarts the process.
Where are You? participated the exhibition “Taiwan Digital Art Pulse Stream Plan- The First Phase: Body, Gender, Technology” Digital Art Exhibition. The exhibition was curated by six curators: Pey Chwen Lin, Hsin-Tien Liao, Chih-Yung Chiu, Li-Chen Loh, Yu-Chuan Tseng.
Through compilation of historical data and literature research, the goal of the “Taiwan Digital Art Pulse Stream Plan” is to establish a formal history of Taiwanese digital art’s development. The first phase of the plan is an exhibition named and themed, “Body, Gender, Technology.” Amongst the vast amount of research conducted, this is the first of many themes selected, forming the exhibition’s framework, while based on historical perspectives and lineage. This exhibition uses Loh Li-Chen’s compilation of the history of new media art as its foundation to reveal a timeline of the “Taiwan’s digital art history.” Viewers are invited to experience the development of Taiwan’s digital art scene throughout its history via a timeline in the form of a digitally interactive installation, “Pulse-Taiwan’s Digital Art River.” Spanning two generations of creative works, eleven artworks based on the theme, “Body, Gender, Technology,” by fourteen artists are the centerpieces of this exhibition. The artists express their state of mind and body within a digital realm, as well as examine their awareness about the concept of personal existence.
“Where are You?” are honorary mention in [Taipei Digital Art Awards 2010] and participated the “Cluster” Digital Art Festival Taipei 2010 in Bopiliao Historic Block, Taipei. Date：2010.11.26-12.5
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Where are You– Net Art exhibition, Shin Leh Yuan Art Space Taipei, Taiwan
by Yu-Chuan Tseng, Sheng-Po Shen, Yi-Ching Huang, Wei-Ting Chen
About Shin Len Yuan Art Space (Sly Art Space)
SLY Art Space was established in 1995 by some of the members from another group “Apartment No. 2”. They gathered totally 20 artists and started showing their works using the space formerly belonged to “Apartment No. 2” which was by then dismissed. Since then, the location and membership of this collective co-operative gallery run by artists themselves have been through several shifting.
One of the special features of SLY Art Space is its organization. Every two years, the membership will have a reshuffle. Some old members will resign and give vacancy to allow new faces in. Members have to share the payment of rent, utilities and one office assistant, as well as develop new ideas of how to run the space better.
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Where are You? by Yu-Chuan Tseng, Sheng-Po Shen, Yi-Ching Huang, Wei-Ting Chen
2010 Where are You? Exhibition in Sly Art Space, Taipei
2010 Taiwan Digital Art Pulse Stream Plan- The First Phase; “Body, Gender, Technology” Digital Art Exhibition, Digital Art Center, Taipei
2010 “Cluster” Digital Art Festival Taipei 2010, Bopiliao Historic Block, Taipei2010
Where are you?(2010) is a digital portrait of the entirety of humankind. It is created by gathering the portraits of millions of individuals from many different locations on the Internet. In traditional art, the portrait expresses and confirms the presence of a person, however, in the digital age our individual presence is lost to a larger network of signifiers all merging together in an information flow. When we are photographed through the digital cameras, our image becomes a signal in a process of re/coding 0 and 1 digits, which when uploaded on the Internet add too all existing digits of other individual portraits. Thus, the digital networked process restructures the presence of an individual being into a totality of beings—the portrait is of anyone and no one.
In the exhibition space a cloth-screen hangs down from the ceiling. Two projectors beam a dark sky onto it. Above the sky, there is a map of the Earth. In front of the projection there is set up an iPod touch-screen which function as an input interface. When participants input a name they send out a search request to the system, and the system queries all photos published on the Internet in albums such as Flickr, looking for matching tags in real time. When found, the photo is fetched, transformed into blue dots, and placed on the earth map according to their GPS position on the top of scroll. Individual blue dots change into stars and pour down like streems of water. They then transform to the original photos to show the search result clearly. During the process, the faces on the photos are identified and chosen by using face recognition system. All the chosen faces are merged into a digital portrait. The larger digital portrait flows slowly to the bottom of the projection screen until it disappears and process starts again.
Where are you? (2010) utilizes individual photo-portraites published on the Internet to create a fuzzy portrait representing a collective digitally composed being. The transformation of the individual photos into stars and strings pays homage to the totality of existence and the flowing web of life. It also questions human existence in the digital era. When participant inputs a name, they expects to see a particular person. However, the search result is not always the expected photo as this depends on the given tags. The digital portrait is not the portrait of a specific person but a signifier of a name.
The whole system is composed of two components: input interface and computing center. We use iPod touch as input interface and the code is written by openFrameworks and Objetive-c. The screen of iPod touch contains input box and waiting list. Ipod touch would extract strings from input box and store them with the current time locally. Those strings are inserted to a waiting list. Furthermore, iPod touch would send those data to mac mini through OSC protocol in a local network. Mac mini is used as a backend computing center. The code in it is written by Processing. When computing center receive the string via OSC protocol, it would use the string to query top 20 pictures from Flickr, a popular online social album on the Internet. We use image processing algorithm to mix each pixel of those pictures and output an unique picture after multiple overlapping. In data visualization, we put those pictures on different position in global map based on the location metadata of each picture. Those pictures would move slowly from top to bottom and finally display an unique mixed picture which is comprised of 20 pictures. After finishing the process, computing center would send a complete message to iPod touch and iPod touch would kill the strings from its buffer.
The digital system encoded and joins individual units and integral systems together by means of digital devices. The system union—creating a matrix, a place of digital survival—is a brand new world of us. The new union seems extend human life allowing it to be anywhere, but nowhere. By editing and regrouping the codes, we capture and manipulate telecommunication signals in order to express a totality of human presence on the Internet, and thus a totality of human existence.