Exhibition At New Art City!
Wuji無極 is a sound installation that explores the boundaries of the human body. In Wuji, human figures are intertwined, the identities are eliminated, and the personal boundaries for those bodies are blurring. The distorted and entangled visual connects my childhood memory of playing with Chinese knots. Before creating written characters and languages, ancient Chinese use knots to communicate and record histories. After thousands of years of iterations, today, the Chinese knot is no longer a tool for preserving history but a decoration that inherits the spirit of appreciating mystic patterns' beauty. Through twisting, weaving, and binding, all ropes are tied tightly to strengthen the beliefs of unity in traditional Chinese culture.
In this virtual exhibition, you will navigate through the city constructed by human forms and look up at the central tower but never have the chance to fly to reach the sky, like ancestors who built the tower of Babel but fail due to god's punishment. Nowadays, differences and barriers among people have been extended to national, racial, and gender issues. In Wuji, a more united world can be imagined. When the physical forms and differences between individuals no longer limit us, a pure existence that presents the concept the infinity is emerging.
Full Description & 3D Renders
In my 3D art piece, Wuji無極, humans bodies are bound and multiplied many times. Thirty-two models construct a piece; the order of their body parts are chaotic - stretched arms and legs are intertwined, a torso linked to many heads, the upper part and the lower part of the bodies are in different directions, it looks more like a geometric symbol rather than a human figure.(Fig. 6 ~ Fig. 9) The deformation is only guided by an empty object based on two sets of variables - the X, Y, Z axis for screw function, along with translation, rotation, and scale of the body and skeleton.
The distorted and entangled visual connects my childhood memory of playing with Chinese knots. According to Yi Jing, before creating written characters and languages, ancient Chinese use knots to communicate and record histories. After thousands of years of iterations, today the Chinese knot is no longer a tool for preserving history, but a decoration that inherits the spirit of appreciating mystic patterns' beauty. Most Chinese knots are symmetrical and double-layered, and the symbolized meanings are different from each other, but one thing has never changed - they always carry hope and fortune for people. Through twisting, weaving, and binding, all ropes are tied tightly to strengthen the beliefs of unity in traditional Chinese culture.
In Wuji 無極, The meaning of handmade unity was created but also interrupted by machines. The hidden energy that twists those unified bodies is an “empty” object in the 3D program. Based on the fundamental process of 3D animation, an empty is utilized as an invisible force that guides the movement of the visible form. In Dao De Jing, the emptiness, or 無/空 in Chinese, are the mystic forces that generate all living beings. From nothingness emerges chaos, and the chaos later creates everything. With only the two variables I set to control the empty, its path of movement has infinite possibilities. In the endless looping animation, the combination of 32 models performs as a united, ever-changing symbol like a conscious living being, which is driven by unknowing chaos. The identities of individuals are eliminated from the very beginning, and the personal boundaries for those bodies are blurring, becoming the pure existence that presents the concept of Wuji, the infinity.