一種資訊流的觀看方式 V3
Wifi data surfing visualization – Data.Wave V3

作品說明
演出日期 / Date : 2018-05-25

演出地點 / Location:國立台灣大學 National Taiwan University

創作者 / Artist:張博智 / CHANG Po-Chih

創作自述 / 張博智

我想試著提出一種浪漫的資訊流觀看方式。透過突擊式的、不定時性的、田野形式的取樣國立臺灣美術館的內外無線基地台資料流量變化,將這些數位文字透過資訊視覺化的軟體轉化,所產生的聲音影像結合體,我試著將網路資料的流動這種不可見的狀態,讓它以某種浪漫的形式產生。而我除了在一開始的程式編寫以及海浪影像的製作後,就也變成了一個「觀看者」。

網路對我來說,並不只是讓人對人(點對點)更容易的溝通的形式,利用LINE、FACEBOOK…社群網絡是讓我們對人跟人之間的聯繫更容易、更簡單,我們甚至可以在上頭玩線上遊戲,但終究我們還是以網絡的這一端與那一端做為連結的終點。但是,我們並不會看到大量的0與1的組合,我們不會看到電腦跟電腦之間溝通的速度快慢,不會看到電腦如何透過網路協定傳送訊號…這些在我們肉眼看不見但不斷傳送的無形資料,先暫時以「資訊流」來稱呼它好了。既然是「資訊流」,那麼就用「水」、「液體」的流動視覺意象來比擬它,透過試著頡取國立臺灣美術館的無線網路流量資料,將它的資料流轉化成可觀看的內容,最後在我的大腦就出現了一片大海的意象,而這片大海波浪起伏便是依據人與人訊息交流所影響產生的。

而「資訊流」匯集而成的大海就做為最後的視覺意象。

I attempt to propose a romantic method of viewing information flow. Impromptu and randomly scheduled field samples of the dataflow in the internal and external wireless base stations at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (NTMOFA) are collected. The numerical data is then transformed by information visualization software, and a composite of sound and image is produced. I attempt to take the network data flow from its invisible state and produce a certain romantic form. After the initial work of coding the program and creating the image of ocean waves, I too become a “bystander viewer.”

For me, the internet is not merely a format to facilitate easier communication from person to person (point to point). Social networking using Line or Facebook, does make it easier and simpler to maintain contact with others. We could even play games on line. But ultimately we still think of this side of the network and the other side as the end points of that connection. However, we are oblivious to the vast combinations of “0” and “1,” and do not see the speed of communication between two computers, or how the computer transmits signals through an internet protocol… Let’s call the endless transfer of shapeless data invisible to the eye “information stream” for now. Since it is an “information stream”, then let’s use a visual imagery of flowing “water” and “liquid” as a portrayal. I obtained the network traffic data stream from the NTMOFA, and attempted to convert this data stream into observable content. Ultimately the imagery of an ocean appeared in my mind, and the currents and rise and fall of the waves in this ocean are influenced and produced according to an exchange of information between people.

An ocean that results from the collected “information stream” became the final visual imagery.