The SuperCyber

By Yueh Hsiu Giffen Cheng.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This research project does not try to answer how accurate fortune-telling is, or attempt to interpret the meaning of its prediction, although I have studied a range of rational arguments of doing fortune-telling through the Internet. Moreover this project not only has examined the folk culture of fortune-telling itself, but also the phenomenon of the combination of folk culture and digital culture, particularly how people’s behaviour has changed throughout the hi-tech era. Carl Gustav Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious and synchronicity, and the discoveries on binary arithmetic by Leibniz are indeed ideas that have assisted me in understanding the rationality of fortune-telling, and the way of finding patterns within the Internet.
Taiwanese fortune-telling culture is embedded in traditional Taiwanese cultural activities. With science and technology rapidly developing and the capacity of the Internet constantly advancing, the culture of fortune-telling, therefore, has been transformed from a traditional figure into a new interactive platform within the Internet, and recently has formed a special occult-style creation within this scientific and technological era, which I have named Cyber Fortune.
In order to formulate the nature of fortune-telling, the calculating method of the traditional I Ching and the interpretations of its text have been applied in this project. With the application of digital content and the feature of interaction between Internet and users, a breakthrough in the sense of visualization is created. In addition, this project also attempts to integrate traditional cultural lore, the digital media logic of the computer and the Internet into an original net art project, which serves as a cyber fortune-teller and user-generated collaborative creative website.

Keywords: Collaborative Creation, Interative Arts, Social Phenomenon, CyberFortune

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.131-144. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 890.586KB).

Dr. Yueh Hsiu Giffen Cheng

Assistant Professor, The Department of Information Communication, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taoyuan, Taiwan

“Throughout the life of art creation, countless ups, downs and unpredictable variables await; the constant pursuit of breakthroughs for exceeding thyself will therefore never end. Creating art, writing and educating young people are the three elements that enrich my life. The creation of art allows me to communicate with my own soul and to inspire ideas in me about every trifle in my life. Writing to me is a way of simmering down and sorting out my thoughts. As far as I’m concerned, educating young people is like a farmer irrigating the seedlings. It requires all-time patience and commitment. Although the fruitage might not be perfect, it is definitely worth committing oneself to educating our younger generations.” Cheng is a Taiwanese New Media artist, Designer, researcher and writer based in Sydney and Taipei. She completed a Master of Visual Arts at the Australian National University and a Doctoral degree from the University of Technology, Sydney. She has edited a series of books and papers on New Media Art and contributed to various exhibitions. Her online-portfolio is available on http://giffenspace.blogspot.com.

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