Weiming Ho

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There is a idiom said that ” Unintentionally inserting a willow become a woodland”. It means many things grow in the gardens that were never sown there. It implies that unintentional actions have unexpected results.

What is “the real world” in our age?

Artificial intelligence is pushing us towards an optimized society. The virtual world can pursue extremes and meet situations that cannot be achieved in the real world but in this digital community, is it possible to allow people who break the rules, make an error or unintentional mistake?
When art is subversive and creative, questions and doubts replace answers in the process. Is it a wrong demonstration? We don’t want to define errors as failures, but redefine it as something valuable. Perhaps in the future, human innocence will become value. Don’t forget that when humans drive electric vehicles forward, electricity and technology generate the power of the car, but it is the “unknown” itself that promotes humans forward.

The CODE points to the pursuit of singularity, lack of diversification, and when we face to the real world that is not a true-false test or multiple-choice question but a free response.

The fundamentals of success are based on many errors that have own value. It did provide an opportunity for people to feel the potential for innovation.

Besides, make some points here, about pottery art is the art of ceramics. In Chinese, ceramic art contains both the words pottery and porcelain. It belongs to the traditional craftsmanship of mankind. It involves manufacturing, coloring and repairing craftsmanship, which can be traced back to the Stone Age. The earliest pottery was only used for people’s livelihood, but with the development of technology and manufacturing tools, pottery gradually became an art. With the improvement of human pottery technology over time, the temperature of fire increases, producing porcelain that is produced more exquisitely. The question is, why is ceramic art not called porcelain art but pottery art in Chinese? In the oriental aesthetics, the artistic value of pottery is more than that of porcelain, because it involves imperfections and the sense of human existence. It is also like the art of seal carving. Hand-made seals are more valuable than machine-made seals. Just like in the Zen garden, the singular layout replaces the symmetrical perfect even layout. Attempting to retain imperfection or perfection is not a notion of beauty. That interprets the sentence “A great wisdom may seem stupid” (idiom). How to get beyond CODE, through wisdom or intelligence?

Weiming Ho


Tomasz Wendland

Beyond Code

“Humanity has simultaneously opened two Pandora’s boxes,
one labeled genetic engineering, the other labeled knowledge engineering.”

Forsyth i Naylor (1985)

Just a few years ago, with the voyeuristic pride of the afflicted, we applauded the revelation of the discovery of the Anthropocene, the perfect name for the last epoch on earth, after which nothing will be left but a trace of its last inhabitants – humans – endowed with intelligence. Reflection, and perhaps perversely, rescue was brought by the unexpected Covid 2019 pandemic, which has already claimed 228 million lives, making us aware of the existence of parallel realities to which we have no keys, no access code. The fourth wave and successive mutations of the virus, seem to familiarize us with the neighborhood of an unpredictable and inorganic “intelligence”, covering the earth entirely, like the cytoplasm in Stanislaw Lem’s novel “Solaris”.

Collective intelligence, may include proto-intelligent subsystems combining to form the simplest kind of biointelligence. Individual human beings combine to create society and culture. The collective intelligence of homo sapiens on a global scale may consist of billions of individuals. If we consider individual neurons plus numerous other cells in the body, the collective intelligence reaches into the trillions. Societies of insects and bacteria also act collectively.

Similar to human intelligence, computers increasingly function like neural networks, but their ability is limited to performing programmed tasks and mathematical calculations. However, they do not understand the processes in which they are involved, and they have no intention or purpose for their actions. They therefore have no awareness of their existence. They lack reflective perception and are unable to ask the questions that their programmers can.”

Computers and their artificial intelligence are solitary entities, stimulated and sustained by human thought and will, that require instructions and codes to act alone, or in teams. Man is capable of creating codes, has done so for centuries from the most primitive, repetitive sounds, signs, to the most complex systems designed to camouflage the information being transmitted.

Unlike a scientist, the artist actually works outside of code. Most often, he creates a work of art while generating its code, which also becomes the content of the work. Code is not only a medium for conveying content, but most of all for discovering it and searching for the truth, which is the very presence of an image. The work becomes a fact, the concept of which is a process that requires intellectual and spiritual distance to discover its hitherto inaccessible significance in new contexts. Hacking the image code would open up access to the logos of the universe hidden in the work of art.

Hence the title of the project BEYOND CODE – on the autonomy of the creation of artwork and reality. We create, and in part we prophesize, guided by deep intuition and instinct, which have been shaped since the dawn of time in the memory of the genetic code.

“For now we see in a mirror dimly,
but then face to face.
Now I know in part;
then I shall know fully,
even as I have been fully known”.

1 Corinthians 13:12, ESV

The fact that I do not know what my work is about is its greatest wealth, a capital that allows me to reach beyond comprehension. Art is the search for the logos of the universe, of which we wish to be an immanent part, trying to transcend the limits of a time that does not exist outside of us.

Dr hab. Tomasz Wendland

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