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Deep Hallucination

In the final three months of my architectural education, my relationship with my computer entered an intriguing yet puzzling phase. Driven by a technical curiosity in artificial intelligence algorithms, I found myself in a unique workflow. Once a task was initiated, my computer would labor independently, sometimes for several days and occasionally just for a few hours. It was unprecedented in architecture. This autonomy gave me pockets of leisure—time to read, socialize with friends, or sip some tea. I configured my computer to alert me once a task was complete, keeping me tethered to my work even during these breaks. Upon receiving these updates, I would ponder the results, consult with my advisor, modify parameters, and set the machine to work again.

For my experiment, I took a standard Revit 2018 sample project and infused it with imagery from a 7th-century Chinese wood carving. This created a captivating blend—a clash between ancient Chinese cultural symbols and the more mundane, software-generated notions of what architecture ought to be.

As I neared the end of this project, I stumbled upon a poem through a Google search. Remarkably, the poem dated back 1,300 years, coinciding with the era of the Chinese wood carvings, thus elegantly tying together the threads of my multifaceted exploration.

  • Zhongding Cui
  • David Ruy
  • Zhongding Cui
  • David Ruy
  • Zhongding Cui
  • Autodesk Revit 2018
    Key Cast
  • RTX 2080 Ti
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student, Web / New Media, Other
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Architecture, Surreal, Fantasy, Speculative, Horror
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 7, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Southern California Institute of Architecture
  • SCI-Arc Grad Thesis 2019
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 7, 2019
    Merit Thesis Prize
  • Infinity Film Festival 2019
    Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    November 7, 2019
    Featured Student Project
  • IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2023
    June 20, 2023
    Art Gallery Highlight
Director Biography - Zhongding Cui, David Ruy

2011, Dreamer +
2015, Bridge Engineer + Programmer.
2019, Architectural Designer + AI Engineer.
2023, Team Builder + System Architect.

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Director Statement

From local optimums towards a future of futuristic.