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(Un)recognition  『識別』

2 channels video on LED screen, LED panels, custom made structure and stereo sound system

This work makes use of image recognition in artificial intelligence (AI) as an allusion to human memory. One photo is picked from each year of Hong Kong’s history from its colonial beginning to the present (1841-2022), and objects in the 181 photos are identified through a machine learning programme. As some of the images were captured over a century ago with low resolution, fewer objects are identified through AI which alike human finding antiquated memories relatively vague. The identified objects turned into computer language and subsequently evolved into sound. When the 181 photos with AI processing are collaged together, the overall image resembles a chronological map of Hong Kong. Can you recognise Hong Kong from this map?



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