Ambiguus tiles

Korea, Republic Of

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Ambiguus tiles are modular units for creating tile mosaics that show two entirely different texts, patterns, or images from different angles. An individual Ambiguus tile module is an origami rhombic pyramid, which is a hemisected square bipyramid in which the lateral edges and the height have the same length. Due to its unique geometric shape, the tile shows two different square faces from different angles. The tiles are magnetic and can be rearranged on a ferrous surface. When assembled, the tiles create two-view tile mosaics that are viewed from right or left, or top or bottom.

Fact vs. Fiction is a letter sculpture composed of 115 Ambiguus tiles with an aim to emphasize the importance of perspective in discerning fact from fiction on the Internet. While each tile is a physical representation of a pixel, the smallest visible element that we use in digital communication, the letter sculpture represents texts in the current online media. When first faced with the sculpture from the front, the viewers are confronted with confusion — a mixture of fact and fiction. However, when viewed from the “right” side, the word FACT is seen. On the opposite side, only the word FICTION appears. Based on selective exposure, a theory that refers to individuals’ tendencies to favor information that reinforces their pre-existing views while avoiding contradictory information, Fact vs. Fiction asks us whether we are taking the “right” perspective to find the fact in the current online media.

The Ambiguus tiles can be put together for many different pairs of words, for example, “human-nature,” “dead-alive,” and “empty-full,” which invite us to the questions about our perspectives when used together.

The project was developed by Hyunjung Kim, Yujin Lee and Myeongseong Kim.

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