SURIV is pronounced as /səˈvʌɪv/.
SURIV is spelling "virus" in reverse. It is a generative animation combining the medical research from microbiology, pathology and public health departments, and daily covid data in Hong Kong.
SURIV is split into two acts.
The first act is inspired by the colourful microscopic images of human organoid cells that have been infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. These images are then used to create colours and shapes based on epidemiological data collected throughout the pandemic.
The second act is an innovative rendition of a retro 8-bit shooter game. Data collected by HKUMed researchers on past infections, as well as projected transmission trajectory of plagues and epidemics, acts as laser bullets that would fire away to “defeat” the virus. The piece also implements data processing techniques, showcasing real-time infection numbers in Hong Kong at a given time during the day, thereby illustrating our strenuous but determined battle against the virus.
SURIV is displayed as an installation in the Medicine and Healthcare Through the Lens of Digital Art.
Date: 2022 JULY 15 - 2022 SEPT 16
Venue: 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR, China
SURIV is converted into NFTs in Digital Art Fair Asia 2022.
Henry Chu is a Hong Kong–based designer, programmer, and digital artist. He always works with data, music and body movements.