Building an Archive of Digital Identity
Step one: taxonomy posters 24*36
This project was focused on the process of collecting, analyzing, categorizing and recreating based on the information summarized. I collected images related to humans explorations of the Self from various sources and further categorized them into two groups, the inclusions and exclusions, to decide what materials I would like to work on more for the next step.
Our understanding of the Self or the origin of the human species has been relied on the Theory of Evolution. Darwinism, focusing on the passing on of genes, is based on the concept of a linear time. Following this clue, we are able to trace back to our ancestral origin or to look forward at future technological progress. However, in the post Internet world where the reality is widely consisted of images, or things constructed by images, our desire to search for a shared ancestral model has been weakened.
As internet users everyone has the potential to speak for themselves, to be the origin point of their own model which could be easily enabled by modern technologies. We extend/ duplicate/ coy and paste our identities by creating different accounts on social medias, using different avatars resembling our features, or living as someone else by simply putting on a VR headset. We are rendered flat by heavily engaging in social activities via screens, and the original referent of our identity radiates itself outwards simultaneously in all directions with zero interval in time. We are now able to jump out of the restriction of a linear time to answer the "who we are" question. Even though our physical body might disappear one day, the data stays. 50 years after one died, you might still able to like a post on his Facebook account.
Step two: annotating sources
Further analyzing the archive, focusing on the concept of the digital time in contrast with a linear biological sense. Annotating by writing down ideas, creating sketches and diagrams demonstrating the process of endless digital duplication and losslessness of data.
Sketch book pages scanned and reprinted on hand drawn tiled posters.