TRANSDIMENSION: MAPPING TERRITORIES IN EPHEMERAL SPACES
HUNNY BAE AKA JOSE TONG
OPENING: MARCH 23, 2019
EXHIBITION RUN UNTIL: APRIL 21, 2019
Arts Above, West Venue Bldg., West Avenue, Quezon City Philippines
In 2014 a British-American scientist and a pair of Norwegian researchers (John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser) were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discov- ering “an inner GPS in the brain” that enables all creatures to navigate their surroundings. The discovery of Grid Cells elucidates the age-old philosophical question of how the brain creates a neu- rological map of the space around us and how we could navigate through complex environments.
In the 21st century, we are entering a new age of hyperreality dominated by a deluge of images, an excess of simulations. While automation and machine learning is becoming ubiquitous we ourselves become a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of biology and machine, of social reality and social fiction. We become a producer of simulations. We become disembodied enti- ties—ephemeral avatars incarnated in social apps or gaming whose virtual realities encroach on our daily lives.
This existential reality has its effects too in the realm of architecture and placemaking. Wheeling through the highways of Manila, an endless array of digital adscreens, billboards cover many of the buildings. Alien architectural styles employed by architects do not reflect the vernacular or local history. Games such as Pokemon Go augments reality with cute collectible creatures scattered across the virtual map of the world. The boundary between the architectural fiction and reality becomes blurred. The simulacra dissolves the specular boundary of hallucinations, the coextensivity between the mental map and the territory.
The subject of Transdimension deals with the artistic investi- gation on the expanding and shifting urban architectural and cultural identities and examines questions on the ephemerality of personae and architectonic spaces. Mapping Territories In Ephemeral Spaces examines the cognitive spatial map “intui- tively” drawn by the Grid Cells whose spikes in neural activity in navigating a space creates a triangular or hexagonal tessel- lation—a geometric mental map. Using both intuitive and gener- ative strategies, Transdimension marks the boundary between the territory and spatial memory while also mediating the con- nection of reality with its avatar in the virtual.
Hunny Bae aka Jose Tong, 2019
Hunny Bae (born Jose Tong) is a transarchitect from Manila, Philippines. She is currently a lecturer in the architecture department of De La Salle College of Saint Benilde and has exhibited in multiple galleries in the Philippines. Her projects involve concepts of postgenderism, transhumanism, architecture, simula- crum and the cyborg questioning and investigating the hybridization of man and machine, virtual and physical, art and architecture in the age of intelli- gent machines. Her works include installations, videos and performances depicting the effects of technology in creating new identities and territories. www.transarkitektura.com
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