MLitt Fine Art Practice School of Fine Art

Hsiao-Hsuan Yang

Hsiao-Hsuan Yang (b.1998, Taiwan). Her practices use images to look into self-experience and everyday observation. Investigating things we often miss but are so used to them. Hsuan’s current work explores a process of intervening with the algorithm and how the algorithmic metadata creates an absurd being.



I try to find myself within the algorithm.
Emma was an absurd, chaotic and banal character generated from my metadata.
It is how the internet perceives me.
We live in between reality and fiction.
I am both the player and the character on social media.
Experiencing all the happiness or anxiety that comes with it, facing the consequences of my decisions.

By handing over the control of my practice to the algorithm, then I take back charge of it.

I am now intrigued by the idea we may or may not be living in fiction.
How do we know that we live in a simulation?
The anomaly might strike you when you are walking down the street.
You would find glitches in your surroundings, just like computer files corrupted.
I attempt to find the traces of it.




how do we know that we live in a simulation?

how do we know that we live in a simulation?

Digital printing on photographic paper and vinyl.


It is a series of photography and moving-image, including prints and vinyl that are site-specific in the show. I document the traces we might live in a computer simulation world by manipulating the algorithmic error within the spaces and the images.





The glitch could be anywhere.

I found the signs by capturing glitches in the non-places around us with algorithmic smudge. I am intrigued by the idea that we may or may not be living in fiction and how the glitches might be in our daily lives.



Two-channel video installation


‘Emma’ explores using metadata to create a fictional presence through abstract image-making, text and publication. The generative narrative explains who Emma is (or was, as the text stated) and her everyday lives of Emma.

One’s online activity constructs algorithmic assumptions which are not entirely accurate. On gender, private relationships or things they want you to be interested in. The absurdity of these data creates a somewhat fictional character.