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Crazyuniverse, created by Yifan He @mzhyff,is part of Margate NOW 2020, made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Kent County Council, Thanet District Council and South East Creatives.
Crazyuniverse utters political anxiety mixed up in a style of the technological sublime.
Crude 3D objects, images containing too much/little information, and soundtracks in different languages are all colliding, merging and evolving into something else that is part of a nearby self.
Crazy-universe is glitches, blurs, crashes, and out-of-controls. There is no need to elevate sheer technological possibilities(chaos) from the banality. You will be bored eventually.
Here, in this realm of splendid mesh, travellers are destined to be overwhelmed and disorientated. You may find burnt race-phobia newspaper fragments wrapping around hollow planets. You may hear an AI expressing relatable existential crisis. You may as well be bewildered by the automatic stare of a ‘shallow-faked’ old picture of my-7-yrs-old-self, who was, in the audio, encouraged to make 2 birthday wishes.
The excessiveness in expression recognises the uncertainty and multiplicity of realities unfurled in various political and personal experiences. I hope this expedition to Crazyuniverse will plant a destabilising seed in you when you move on to many other journeys in life, with your striving minds, with your screen-dried eyes, and your heart that is forever channelling through the chaos, listening for 1 resonance.
an incomplete bibliography
Extremely offensive materials used (burnt) in Crazyuniverse are intentionally left out in the list below;
Materials credited in the list below may or maynot align with the artist's opinion.
Special thanks to Wenhua Yang and Eeva Polo for one kindly kept most of the family recordings and another patiently corrected all the mistranslated French.
[an incomplete list of materials]
America, CGTN. “CES 2019: AI Robot Sophia Goes Deep at Q&A.” YouTube, 10 Jan. 2019, [link]
Ea, Prince. “YOU ARE NOT DEPRESSED, STOP IT!” YouTube, 21 June 2016,[link]
Hanson Robotics Limited. “Sophia Awakens - Episode 1.” YouTube, 26 Nov. 2016,[link]
Pika Grape Snack. “18 Year Old Girl with Catatonic Schizophrenia. Psychiatric Interview. Subtitled in English.” YouTube, 7 Nov. 2019, [link]
PRPPL Consultancy Health Channel. “精神分裂症訪問（精神科專科醫生黃宗顯）.” YouTube, 28 Nov. 2014, [link]
Sadhguru. “Enlightenment or Endarkenment? Which Is Right? | Sadhguru.” YouTube, 18 Jan. 2015, [link]
Sarkari Seva. “Visualization 3680.” YouTube, 2020, [link]
TEDx Talks. “Saying YES! To Your Weirdness | JP Sears | TEDxCardiffbytheSea.” YouTube, 2020, [link]
Web Summit. “Determining When Robots Will Rule the World - Ben Goertzel.” YouTube, 8 Nov. 2018, [link]
[further reading/ watching]
Gibbs, M. (2016). All or nothing and other pages. Axminster, Devon: Uniformbooks.
He, Yifan. “He Said, ‘Your Negativity Is Contagious….’” Shades of Noir, 6 June 2020, [link]
He, Yifan. “Nothing More Fictional than the Truth.” Shades of Noir, 29 Mar. 2020,[link]
He, Yifan. “Shallow Fake” YouTube, 19 Aug. 2020,[link]