Rice, a fundamental sustenance in many cultures, holds deep ties to rituals and divinations. During cooking, the force of heat and water causes cracks to form on them. In this project, five hundred grains of rice are cooked, dried, and individually photographed, resulting in a comprehensive collection of crack patterns. Based on this database, a divination system is developed, leveraging computer vision technology to unveil the hidden messages embedded within a single grain of cooked rice.
Qianxun Chen is a media artist and researcher. Her work seeks non-human perspectives of language through the alternative use of technology, with a focus on generative poetics, the aesthetics of algorithms and digital textuality.