Added Value (2016)

8 Channel Audio Installation, Dolby 7.1
Duration: 24 minutes 12 seconds

A film score for a far-future documentary on surplus value.

In 1957, at the Sixth Radar Conference at MIT, thousands of scientists spontaneously broke into song; their voices rang out, singing in unison:

“More data, more data, from pole to equator,
We’ll gain our salvation through mass mensuration.
Thence flows our might, our sweetness, our light.
Our spirits full fair, our souls sublime;
Measuring everything, everywhere, all the time.”

In 2016, a choir in Venezuela recreated this song for the first time since, after being introduced to this historical moment via a crowdsourcing platform. Meanwhile, the Firedrake Jamming Song — an ode to harvests — fills the frequencies of short-wave radio, replacing news media. Before the malls crumbled, Muzak became weaponized. There were new and old colonialisms, physical and virtual; people were segregated and marginalized on new and old premises; uncountable new borders proliferated, until materiality was vacuumed up, taxing, quantifying and stressing the psyche.

一條為遠遠未來有關剩餘價值的紀錄片而創作的電影音效,這電影並不存在。

在1957年,在美國麻省理工學院的第六屆雷達會議中,上千位科學家突發地隨性共同唱著一首歌:

「多點數據, 多點數據,由極點到赤道,我們會從大規模的測量中獲得拯救。
我們因此得力、歡樂、得光明。
靈魂充實、心靈昇華;量度所有、周圍量度、時刻量度。」

在2016年,一隊委内瑞拉合唱團藉眾籌平台,繼當年歷史性一刻後,首次重新創作這首歌曲。
同時,火龍即興歌曲(農物收成的頌歌)干預新聞網絡,填補短波廣播電台的頻率。 Muzak(背景音樂品牌)成為武器、購物商場瓦解。世界曾經有過新舊、實體及虛擬的殖民主義;物理被淘空,人的精神受勞損、量化及加壓。

 
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Installation at Oi!, Hong Kong