The “I hear you. Listen to me” project was originally developed and evolved based on the theory of communication noise. I conceived and presented my thoughts by analyzing the generation of noise in the mind, and the way it affects the process of communication, by combining history, and various forms of its external expression.
My thesis is presented in three different formats, including printed matter, a physical interactive installation, and an internet-based virtual environment. I filter and amplify noise at the psychological level, while formally combining historical and modern means of manipulating messages through a variety of methods and media expressions.
Within the human psychological characteristics, according to Sigmund Freud's structural model of the psyche, Id and Superego are the easiest breeding ground for psychological noise. Under the principle of happiness, the purpose of psychological noise in Id is consolation. On the opposite side, Superego seeks moral perfection, it will appear as isolated psychological noise. I construct and experiment with specific forms of communication by amplifying these two characteristics to influence the ideas and messages I care about.
For consolation, I refer to the characteristics of the Internet offering different preferences for individual users, allowing their attention to be captured, and information processed. An example of this highly individualized experience is the way advertising works on the internet. In terms of my work for this part, I made my own newspaper named “Chinglish Time” which is targeting the audience who has the same identity as me, catering to their position, in order to gain agreement and support. In this printed format content focuses on, and reports more on the attitude of the audience rather than objective facts. I constructed each news item in the newspaper by collecting information (including COVID-19, US propaganda, MCAD community) that I paid close attention to on a specific date, and then edited content by adding my personal comments and attitude with texts and graphics.
For isolation, I have referred to the unique propaganda strategies of prejudice and terror such as big-character posters designed to isolate, manipulate and oppress people during the Cultural Revolution in China. Inspired by this reference, I built a virtual environment on a website reflecting my community surrounding MCAD. I fabricated a world that is made entirely out of big-character texts without any physical, architectural substance. Utilized text consists of hashtag style information describing the current situation, including some negative comments from people in my community.
Having defined these two central components of my work, I plan to present the relationship between these two huge noise makers through a physical interactive installation that uses two adjacent spaces. In each space, I apply custom built speech recognition software, and selected elements from the newspaper and virtual environment. The two adjacent spaces thus engage in a form of dialogue with each other, allowing the audience to explore and interact with various aspects of noise, and its effect on the process of communication.