The video Pasig River 2030 - 6 Plus, set in the Philippines in 2030, is the story of a fictional local Internet service provider and blockchain company, presenting the future digital life of developing countries from their perspective. The Pasig River of the title is an important thread in the filmic narrative. This river, which flows through Metro Manila, was judged to be “ecologically dead” in 2000 due to pollution. However, within the film’s computer generated imagery, the river has been restored to life and is jointly administered by the local government and the blockchain company. Looming in the background, however, are numerous problems, including comprehensive monitoring and digital colonization.
Ziyang Wu (b.1990) is an artist based in New York and Hangzhou, currently teaching at the School of Design and Innovation at China Academy of Art, and is a member of NEW INC at the New Museum. He has taught at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, School of Visual Arts, School of Art and Design at Alfred University and Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His recent practices examine how the virtual world, data and algorithm as invisible forces ubiquitously micro-alienates and reconstructs human in the highly globalized post-Internet society.