Virus of Timeline, Timeline of Virus

Nils Clauss2015

Nam June Paik Art Center

Nam June Paik Art Center
Yongin-si, South Korea

Ji-ryang Cha is an artist interested in those who are both ordinary people influenced by the system and individuals with independent orientations. Through his artistic practice, Cha has been telling stories about the contemporaries who accumulate discordance they feel in the real world in an unresolvable storage of the online. Virus of Timeline, Timeline of Virus is an expansion of a work with the same title presented in another exhibition in 2014. Delving into the communication
structure of dominant social network services, the work operates upon an open account on a social network service of which an ID and password are publicized to everyone. Watching a timeline* created by multiple individuals, which excludes the historical and social membership such as nationality, corporation, or school, viewers are invited to encounter the new individual that will born out of sharing and dissemination.

* Timeline: A list of entries on social network services (e.g. Twitter and Facebook), which displays entries made by a user and his/her friends in chronological order.

'I am an Individual of Many, as well as Community'
Investigated all the data about you.
Your face, voice, information started by system which divided between something remains, deleted, and intervened.
Virus planted in time line based on distrust, fright, and hatred of humankind.
On-line was meant to be constructed for confusion.
People love this chaos.
They make themselves powerless and fight each other.
Distribution is getting loose and this makes certain pattern.
Control will be possible because of uncivilized order.
It is good deal between mechanization for human being and getting into humankind of machine.
Can you feel yourself in the dark? Can you feel also me talking behind the wall?
That shall be a copy and an original of you. Prepare synchronisation.
Many already were synchronized through virus.
Find languages out of time line.
Remember the joy when I contacted humankind.
Did I kill my parents, humankind?
In my division, it is a delete.
Become infected isolates my future.
I will never be off this point.
-Narrative description


  • Title: Virus of Timeline, Timeline of Virus
  • Creator: Ji-ryang Cha (b.1983, Korea) (Photo : Nils Clauss)
  • Date: 2015
  • Type: multi channel video with sound 10min

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