An evolution led by a bubble economy, a production line of the data annotation line veiled under a mysterious algorithm, the annotators’ body and soul is trapped under the cloud of data…Aiming to go beyond the typical focus on AI technology, this film explores a broader relationship between technology, body, labor, geography, and infrastructure, showcasing an evolution on the cloud.
In a poetic narration, the film gradually brings out the individuality and everyday life of data annotators — repetitive works leading to a bodily detachment from consciousness, into a dreamlike multidimensional spacetime, away from the cruel reality and anxiety about the future, floating in an empty office.
The dual-screen setup of this film enables two storylines, one depicts the reality of data annotation: workers on the production line and their repetitive job, bringing their reality into the cloud of boundless data. The other storyline sets in a dystopian AI-dominated world in the near future, exploring the unclear fate of annotators as AI takes over the people who taught it. Empty factories, abandoned gadgets and name tags, faded slogans on the wall — these are the imagination of a post-human society, as well as a twisted reality under the ever-accelerating technologies. The past and the future are in a vortex, time seems to be in a vacuum.
Xu Zhengyue,born in 1989 in Heilongjiang, graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts. Currently lives and works in Beijing. Xu Zhengyue’s work uses video, animation, and photography as the main media.
Her works focus on different historical stages and changes in social reality, staring at collective and individual emotions and situations, through on-site research, media, and theoretical research, she uses poetic video language to express artistic thinking and explores the hyperlink relationship that penetrates the appearance in reality.
Xu Zhengyue’s animation work Who Touched the Feather, won the Award for Experimental Innovation and the Chiyong Zhiren Award of the 12th Animation Academy Award of Beijing Film Academy in 2012. In the same year, Who Touched the Feather won the ASIFA China Award in the 7th China (Beijing) International Student Animation Festival. Her video work Pedestrian was collected by CAFA Art Museum and K11 Art Institute. Xu Zhengyue’s works have been exhibited at K11 Art Mall in Shenyang (2018), TaiKoo Li Sanlitun in Beijing (2017-2018), Hanshan Art Museum in Suzhou (2017), Epoch Art Museum in Wenzhou (2016), Art Gallery of CAFA (2016).