Art +Tech Exhibition

Art+Tech cross-border integration makes art space more innovative. Hyundai Motorstudio combines the concept of "Creative Energy", collides contemporary art with cutting-edge tech and explores more possibilities of cross-border integration.

<Time After Time: The Polychronicity in Blockchain>   2022.11.17~2023.3.31
Over the past two years, our subjective experience with time has drastically changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, becoming an elastic existence throughout which its insufficiency has been paused, folded, extended, and regressed. In many cases, these situations have had a negative impact, however, in other ways, they have constituted positive implications. They have not only reminded us that humans are not the only agents of history, but have also given us a sense of topology in time.

The global precision of time, as driven by computers and networks, accurately standardises the rhythms of modern life, with power being cashed out in temporal standardisation. In an era of "no future", how can we understand the latency, differences, and repetition of time? How can we re-consider time beyond metrics and computation? How can we perceive the traces left behind by technology in the space of time? Starting with block time, this exhibition attempts to search for a new timeframe based on the reference of blockchain, a data space impregnated with a topological arrow of time. Using three parallel networks of time – Chimera (#proregression #myth #dream), Energy (#incentives #sustainability #power), and Spime (#order #circulation #consensus), this exhibition delves into the temporal, social, and political order, the construction of consensus mechanisms, the circulation of energy and emotion, and the temporal slippages in technology time, in search of the forks of time and the poetry of technology.

Chimera Time (Algorithm – Time) explores the probabilistic nature of time in the context of technology itself. The present in the blockchain is chimeric, however, since there is no central authority in the network, it is possible to find a valid block from different peers simultaneously. The two different blocks will very likely differ in their content and contain two different histories, though both are equally valid. This is when probabilistic choices occur; the future does not exist, but is rather grown into the block universe, between the past and present. Energy Time (Ecology – Time) sorts out the circular chain of temporality-capital-consensus mechanism-computing power-natural resources-technology-time. It also explores how we can dialectically observe the tension and link between technological development and ecological sustainability. Spime (Social Connection - Time) merges time and space into one, exploring the trajectory of political, emotional, and community connections in the hybrid of space and time, and the connections and interventions between the virtual and real worlds.

The projects featured in this exhibition explore the continued cyber time and discrete block time from the intersection of computer science, distributed technology, social relationship structures, and literature. The probabilistic nature of block time creates a new dimension for how we can ponder the possibilities of time. Discrete blocks of time give birth to perpetual forks toward innumerable futures, thought on the other hand, such distributed structures do not automatically create an equal distribution of wealth and power. The realisation of transparency and equality that blockchain technology advocates, as well as the vision of a posthuman economic prototype it proposes, still depend on complex participation, experimentation, and collaboration. At the same time, we still need to consider the question of sustainability, since if we cannot balance technological developments and ecological consumption, there is the concern that we will eventually run out of time. The internal logic of technology itself may be singular, but artistic, creative, imaginative, and emotional elements make this logic complex and fascinating. Perhaps the artistic disruption of technology is the force required to escape linear time.