Hotdesk is a programme that supports artistic and critical research processes and values space as a crucial condition of artistic production. We hope to share and open our studio space as a resource to seed more possibilities for thought, conversations and collaborations.

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Hotdesk #3
Collaboration
4.14.2021

The Road to Interconnected Machines

The work decides to take an alternative approach to peer deeply into plant life. Utilising an array of scientific, technological, and analogous methodologies, the artists allow the observation methods to guide the art-making process. Through this extrospective approach, the work pieces itself together; something like a showcase of a research project, and is similarly presented as such. The methodologies were chosen on their merits of showcasing our senses; tactility, auditory, visual and olfactory. The methodologies shown are ordered from natural to technological observations. In a way, the work explores different methods of archiving a singular living thing.

Questions: How do plants experience time?
Can we translate a plant’s reactions and data into something visual?
How does a plant communicate and can we augment its ability to do so?
How do we experience a plant?
What are the observations one can make about a plant?
What can we learn about a plant through analogue and digital means?

The experimental film explores the generative aspects of producing visuals with the aid of analogous and digital procedures with nature as the artist and performer. The work focuses and responds to both artists’ desire to understand

Elements of a tree


Movement of Leaves (time) 10mins
Contrasted Black White Imagery (documentation) 10 images?
Sieving Soil (deconstruction) maybe painting with soil
Microscopic Shot of Soil/Bark/Dead Leaves (atomic)
Electrical Signals
Thermal Camera Footage (heat)
Kinect Scanning (translation)
3D Model Floating In Black Space (perception)
Live Shot


Breaking down the experiments


Stretching time (observing movement)
Photography (visual observation)
Physical connection (haptic)
Microscopic exploration (micro-level)
Electrical signals (internal)
Thermal cataloguing (heat signature)
3d Scanning (digital shape and form)
Digital perception (virtual understanding)
Live broadcast (physical re-looking)


What is deep field cinema?

Thinking about image-making and image discovering. Translating a plant’s data into something visual and readable.

How does a plant communicate? Can we observe it and translate its data into visual? Can we understand it? We started with a simple question, if something has no ability to speak or to move, how else can something communicate?

What indicates liveliness and does liveliness also mean consciousness?

For Deep Field Cinema, we broke it down into 9 different elements.

Jake Tan & Ernest Wu
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