Ruiqi Zhang
张瑞麒

He (b.1994, Liaoyang, China) is a multi-media artist. He holds an MFA in Kinetic Imaging from VCUarts and a BFA in Visual Communication Design from LAFA. Ruiqi’s practice work presses on sensitivity to digital technology when engaged in different dimensions of related issues such as online identity, media discourse, and post-internet modernity.

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Ruiqi Zhang
张瑞麒

He (b.1994, Liaoyang, China) is a multi-media artist. He holds an MFA in Kinetic Imaging from
VCUarts and a BFA in Visual Communication Design from LAFA. Ruiqi’s practice work presses on sensitivity to digital technology when engaged in different dimensions of related issues such as online identity, media discourse, and post-internet modernity.

email: info@zhang-ruiqi.com
ins: ruiqi_zhang_
links
CV

The Burning Tower
4k video, 17:32, 2020

The Burning Tower" (2020)
is a desktop film that provides a concise review of the advancements in 5G communication technology and the evolution of the Internet. It delves into the intricate relationship between conspiracy theories, rumors, and the infrastructure of the network. This film is structured into four interconnected segments and features soundscapes created by sound artists Matt Dowdy & Liza Pittard. These segments continuously strive to rationalize the seemingly irrational act of burning communication towers.

The inspiration for the storyline was drawn from real-world news reports, attempting to envision a plausible scenario behind the burning of a 5G cell tower. This film follows the perspectives of a virtual 3D male and the narration of a female anchor. It explores themes about the pioneering hypertext project, the 5G protocol, and the pathways of submarine optical cables.

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