Single Channel Video with Surround Sound, Full HD, 15’58”, 2019
The conception of the work is based largely on prehistoric cave paintings on Sulawesi Island, as well as fossils and remains undiscovered or still undergoing excavation in East Asia, Southeast Asia and other regions. The creation of cave paintings marks the dawn of the intelligent creature discovering images for immersive experience. Species of different lineages can develop similar functions because of being in similar environments— what we call convergent evolution; different ethnicity groups, too, are able to develop consistent cognitive ability in similar spaces. As one of the oldest cave paintings, the painting at Leang-Leang cave had witnessed the beginning of consciousness, which happened across different locations in human history. It illustrates the common ground of humans and how they gradually evolve to share more similarities.
Hand prints, deers, and pigs drawn on different surfaces in the cave, altogether, constitute what is like a VR experience at the dawn of consciousness. Be it a newly-emerged religious ritual, popular prehistoric “VR”experience, or artistic masterpieces in current modern-day exhibitions, consciousness doesn’t happen as if it were an updatable software whose newest version can be obtained through download and a system reboot. Evolution is a continuum, an ongoing and uninterrupted timeline. For either human beings in ancient times, or internet users in an era of big data and algorithms, transitioning changes never stop happening. The missing link in the course of evolution is never missing. It’s the current species situated in a specific segment of time who fails to comprehend a prehistoric way of seeing and to go further beyond in order to see what’s missing in the course of evolution.
以蘇拉威西島上的史前洞穴壁畫，和其他在東亞、東南亞，或不同地區正被開發或尚未被發掘的化石與遺跡作為發想藍本。洞穴壁畫的創造作為智能生物發覺沈浸式體驗（immersive experience）影像的黎明，不同的物種可以在處於相似的環境下趨同演化（convergent evolution）出相近的機能，而不同的人類族群也可以在相似的空間下發展出一致的認知能力，作為世界上最古老的洞穴壁畫之一的亮亮洞穴（leang-leang cave）壁畫，見證了意識的多核心起源，同時也述說著人族族群的相同與逐漸相同的關係。