It starts with questioning the justification of the need to preserve the diversity of species. Questions such as “Why must diversity be preserved?” and “Why is it difficult to preserve diversity?” are raised while looking at the possibility of oneself becoming an object or a subject of diversity elimination.
In 2016, the name WWD: Divers was taken from the task guidelines of Kim Ki-choon, the former Chief Presidential Secretary. Mentioned in the memoirs of Kim Young-han, the late former Chief of Staff for Civil Affairs, was the humorous rendering of Kim’s list into acronyms: (1) weeklyization of night time; (2) weeklyization of holidays; and (3) devastation of presumption, with a slight twist: (1) weeklyization of subscriptions, (2) weeklyization of likes, and (3) devastation of notifications.
In WWD: Divers, the player is placed in a system of algorithms within an online platform that leads the user toward anti-intellectualism. Taking advantage of the scrolling and dragging functions in smartphones that are used to manipulate social networking sites and media platform windows, a mechanism of dragging and holding notes was used. In a mechanism that is a metaphor for the movement of the smartphone window, the player drags the note character, recognizing that each note has an individual sound and that a hold needs to be maintained long enough to increase the duration of the note’s sound. Experiencing easy and effortless dragging and difficult and hard-pressed dragging, the players realize that they need to drag on difficult routes to preserve the diversity of notes.
The longer the player drags and holds, the more chords of different sounds accumulate, but on the other hand, the shorter the time of the drag and hold, the less the individual sound of each note is maintained. By recognizing that the more power one puts in, the more sustainable the sound becomes, the player realizes the difficulty of preserving diversity.