​Expanded Cinema


Inside the reflections of this vista, you will see yourself.

Inspired by infection simulation during the pandemic, “Petri.Vista” is a complex system that simulates human phenomena with autonomous agents. When they interact with each other, digital creatures are triggered by different events and their memories, leading to an aerial view of the cityscape inside a digital petri dish.

Likewise, humans begin with cells; the agents start with a dot and grow into different shapes which depend on their DNA. Rely on how they explore and learn from their surroundings, they will create buildings, give births, get infected or relocate their home location.

With a proper amount of time to cultivate, it will disclose the nature of those agents. Audiences may discover patterns or meanings behind actions. They may analyze the phenomena to reflect their real-world life. But how to define real? Maybe it is just another complex system.

“Petri.Vista” was shortlisted in the “Hong Kong Arts Centre The 27th ifva Awards Media Art Category Finalist”.