「 就在這裡。這就是家。這就是我們 …… 都在這度過了他自己的一生……」
With the rapid development of communication technology, multimedia audio and video have captured people’s attention. Among them, educational videos have become one of the important learning pathways for people, making the originally difficult to learn AI technology readily available.
In 1990, the “Voyager 1” spacecraft took a photo known as “Pale Blue Dot” from 6.4 billion kilometers away, pointing towards Earth. The photo is filled with noise, and Earth is just a white dot occupying 0.12 pixels of the entire photo, seemingly always at risk of being dismissed as noise.
Astronomer Carl Sagan delivered a poetic revelation about this photo, describing the insignificance of humans and the common illusion of human privilege in the universe.
“Here it is. This is home. This is us… all spending their lives here…”
I simulate the style of common tutorial videos on the internet, with the tutor using the “Pale Blue Dot” photo as demonstration material. Using AI image editing software, the tutor explains the steps of noise reduction and super-resolution processing for the photo, finally producing a high-quality “Pale Blue Dot.” However, in this process, the AI perceives the Earth within the “Pale Blue Dot” as noise and removes it along with other noise. Are the 12 new pixels extrapolated by the AI super-resolution model established under a universe without Earth, without us? The tutorial interweaves Carl Sagan’s voice, paired with video materials selected from the stock library, echoing the common method of storytelling in self-media videos.
Born in Taiwan in 1995, Chen Ziyin lives and works in Taipei. She graduated from the Graduate Institute of New Media Art at the National Taipei University of Arts. She has received awards including the Tainan New Art Award (2020), Nanying Award (2018), and Shi’an Aesthetic Award (2017).
Her work navigates the boundary between sensory perception and science, contemplating how the differences and similarities between them influence human understanding of reality. Chen primarily uses video and installation, incorporating space, light, and sound in her art. She often utilizes data from the International Space Station, astronomy, scientific imagery, alongside her own imaginings of the universe and philosophical perspectives to weave together and transform into artworks.