About Diqing's Artwork
“With science and technology further advancing in the future, robots with diverse functions are highly integrated into human daily life. TF1326 is one among various robots that perform basic tasks, and all its design is aimed to finish the simple work of dispatching eggs. By the story of TF1326 who develops emotion in a world in which human beings eliminate their emotions in order to live “better” without pain, this work explores the meaning of emotion and sentiment to people (whether it is a trait that makes us human or a weakness that humans cannot overcome) and reflects on the impact of rapid technology development (with artificial intelligence progressing, will technology obscure the definition of mankind?).
Summary of the story:
After WWIII, mankind has undergone great suffering in the brutal slaughter of each other. To prevent the invasion of misery, authorities order to suppress emotions, so humans are confined to live in small isolated rooms, and the meaning of their existence becomes mere “survival.” One day, TF1326, a robot responsible for delivering food for humans, comes across a small yellow flower whose vitality inspires TF1326 astonishingly. The flower, the only dynamic in the static world, cannot avoid the fate of decline. Experiencing the loss, TF1326 undergoes a change inside that distinguishes it from other species, for it develops emotional connections. With this realization, TF1326 carves a small flower mark on its body unhandily. As days pass by, the distinctiveness makes TF1326 feel lonely until one day it encounters another robot with a mysterious mark…”