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Everything is a Protection
Sheung Yiu

Everything is a Protection, Sheung Yiu

Everything is a Protection, Sheung YiuEverything is a Protection
Sheung Yiu
The Eriskay Connection


Edition of 750
304 pages
170 × 240 mm
ISBN 9789492051943


During the pandemic, Sheung Yiu (HK/FI) started digitising everything on his desk at home, the inevitable confined space to which he was bound during quarantine. He created 3D models of a total of 81 objects and added texture details using a computer graphic technique known as projective texturing. This way, he transformed his physical desktop into a three-dimensional digital world.

In 3D computer graphics, photographs are not the final product, but data to be extracted. Texture maps, normal maps and UV maps, created from photographic data, describe the reflective properties of an object in a virtual world. They instruct the rendering engine to calculate the correct pixel values to generate a scene that is photorealistic to the human eye.

The digitisation of his desktop produced a dataset of digital objects that became an archaeological site of his everyday life. An intimate but also strangely generic space, unmoored from its fixed position, beyond the boundaries of the wall, distributed across time and space.

Everything Is a Projection explores one of many visual systems that form the backbone of virtual reality and gaming, and exposes the inner mechanisms of computer graphics that increasingly shape our world. The book combines a vast collection of various maps and 3D objects, and includes an interview with Jaakko Lehtinen, head researcher at NVIDIA.

About the Artist
Sheung Yiu is a Hong-Kong-born, image-centered artist and researcher, based in Helsinki. His artwork explores the act of seeing through algorithmic image systems and sense-making through networks of images. His research interests concern the increasing complexity of algorithmic image systems in contemporary digital culture. He looks at photography through the lens of new media, scales, and network thinking; He ponders how the posthuman cyborg vision and the technology that produces it transform ways of seeing and knowledge-making. Adopting multi-disciplinary collaboration as a mode of research, his works examine the poetics and politics of algorithmic image systems, such as computer vision, computer graphics, and remote sensing, to understand how to see something where there is nothing, how to digitize light, and how vision becomes predictions. His work takes the form of photography, videos, photo-objects, exhibition installations, and bookmaking.

About the Publisher
The Eriskay Connection is a Dutch studio for book design and an independent publisher. They focus on contemporary storytelling at the intersection of photography, research and writing.