The Soft Revolution

Jun 7 — 9, 2007

Installation, Media Artwork


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


The Soft Revolution was an interactive three-channel video installation that aimed to explode the temporal and spatial frame of traditional cinema—and in doing so, open avenues of improvisation and immediacy formerly unattainable in the medium of film. 

It adopted the graphic architecture of the I-Ching, an ancient Chinese philosophical and divination schema to challenge the ingrained human desire to understand causality in terms of narrative, and instead offer a hidden world illuminated by the possibilities of the sixty-four permutations of the I-Ching.

With a simple, local network of computers running a combination of software, random scene selection, and number generation, viewers could press sixteen different buttons to generate a video composition across the three screens to explore the nexus between reverie and story. 

Yet the persistence of chaos remained, as integral to the substance of nature and Taoist philosophy illustrated in the stark parables of the I-Ching. By inviting this chaos into what was previously the tyrannical world of narrative, The Soft Revolution allowed users to move away from one point perspectives and into overlapped associated realities.

Video documentation available upon request.

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