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Postwar Savage Code – CHEN, I-CHUN and The Survival Strategy of the Neuromancer – LUO, HE-LIN

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Post date:2021-03-26



Postwar Savage Code – CHEN, I-CHUN and The Survival Strategy of the Neuromancer – LUO, HE-LIN
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NO.39 Chang-An West Road, Datong Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C
Postwar Savage Code – CHEN, I-CHUN
Postwar Savage Code is an art series featuring works adapted from various real narrative texts. Based on re-interpretation of oral history and literature accumulated over many years, the artist encodes and re-writes those involved in the texts and multifacetedly re-translates their history: the savages who grew up with the mindset of being under surveillance and extensively disciplined by historical fear, along with the treacherous, unofficial history of Taiwan.

The Survival Strategy of the Neuromancer – LUO, HE-LIN
Cyberspace is independent. No nations can claim its ownership. In 1996, John Perry Barlow, in his essay, ‘A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace,’ describes cyberspace as a utopia, “We are creating a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth. We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.” However, the world of the internet nowadays is no longer what is described in the declaration. Instead, it is divided and conquered by capitalist giants such as the mega internet search engine Google, social media Facebook and video platform YouTube, which have practically monopolized and dominated every actions in cyberspace, to the point of even controlling and manipulating information in political campaigns and elections.

In 2020, the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma” interviews engineers of large online platforms and reveals the “addiction” to internet intelligentization, which has become the most imminent crisis facing cyberspace. The socialization of the internet, automatic push notification, preference algorithm, the highly intelligentized internet has become something like an addictive drug that cannot be controlled by engineers who have built the cyberspace to automatically infer human preferences. This situation brings to mind what William Ford Gibson describes in his classic work Neuromancer of 1984, in which the artificial intelligence “Neuromancer” forces kinship with the protagonist. Such dilemma is precisely the challenge faced by cyberspace. For humans, as a neuromancer, to be able to escape the current surveillance of the internet is a skill that people must learn as soon as possible. This skill is a means of “survival strategy,” and it is the strategy of neuromancers that we all must cope with and acquire in the dilemma of intelligent society.

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