Film Title

Learn to be a Machine
Director: Lau Ho-chi


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Production Country Hong Kong
Production Year 2013
Duration 60' 00
Colour B/W
Language No Dialogue and Subtitles
Genre Virtual Reality Installation
Shooting Format HD
Synopsis Learn to be a Machine | DistantObject #1 is an abstract system of obedience and manipulation. The video installation features a representation of the artist himself, who has provided a means for the audience to interact with the system. By scrolling a trackball, the audience can manipulate the direction of the artist’s eyes. Blinking and facial expressions are generated randomly. The work explores the power relation between humans and machines.
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Remarks shared after Festival visit

“Maybe a longer version will work better, maybe not. Ars Electronica as an intersection of art, technology and society shows me a lot of diversity in form and content which I think is the most valuable thing I got from this trip. And this is the first time I attend an International festival in Europe, which show me the scene in Europe is very different than Hong Kong. Through the chat with random strangers on the street, who probably are also there for the festival, it adds another layer to my understanding about my work. It raises up a lot of question for me, about art, Hong Kong or as an artist in Hong kong. I think the influence will reflects in the next work quite heavily, and I have a new view on the role of short film and presentation. The presentation isnt necessary to be traditional, there should be a lot of ways beside cinema to present short films.”

— Shared by Lau Ho-chi, director of
Learn to be a Machine after attending 36th Ars Electronica Festival in Austria, under the sponsorship of NAE.

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