Hui Wai-Keung


  • Year : 2017
  • Title : Synchronize @ Rock
  • Media : Generative Computer Graphics
  • Statement : 

Our three-dimensional (3D) form is believed to be one of the many possible projections from the fourth dimension (4D) space. While 4D existence keeps moving, 3D appearance keeps changing. Assume that the 4D movement is cyclic; the rock would be frequently appeared as normal as we are used to see it. This visual experiment snapshots the rock in different frequency. In case the frequency is synchronized with the 4D cyclic frequency, the 3D rock would be always looked normal.

Human see the world not continuously, but discern in frames. I wonder if the 4D movement happened well between the gaps of our perception, out of our cognition; we would never recognize its existence. Our 3D world always looks the same. 


Description of the Experiment :

There are two sets of experiment. In each experiment, around 6 to 12 samples of 3D appearances are generated in different 4D cyclic frequencies and snapshot frequencies.

In set one, the 4D existence of all samples move in the same cyclic frequency, but the cameras of program snapshot in different frequencies.

While in set two, the 4D existence move in different cyclic frequencies, and the cameras of program snapshot the samples as quick as possible. Thus, the snapshot frequency now depends on the processing power of computer, which could run my program from 50 to 120fps. This set of experiment try to give audiences an embodied experience of perceiving 4D movement. However, the result would be various as human’s perception is complicated.

Visual Study in Fourth Dimension

This series of visual experiments transcends ordinary three-dimensional graphical models to the fourth dimension mathematically, and projects back to a three-dimensional appearance. There are many possible solutions of projection, at the same time; there are also many possible four-dimensional models which can project the same appearance. Thus, I wonder, our living world is just one of the many possible appearances, projected from many possible hyperspaces.

This idea is inspired by Professor Linda Henderson’s research on fourth dimension geometry in Modern Art. I began to understand the trend of thought, which seriously impacted artists and philosophers hundred years ago. When discourse of subject in multiple Universes is intense nowadays, I would like to imitate and follow the footsteps of those masters such as Duchamp, Metzinger, and Malevich.