Industrial Technology Research Institute: Flow of Qi

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Flow of Qi


SIGGRAPH Asia 2008: Synthesis


Animation & Video and Interactive & Monitor-Based

Artist Statement:

A video presentation of an interactive artwork in which participants experience the artistic spirit of the ancient calligraphy masters and how breathing was reflected in creating famous pieces of Chinese calligraphy.

Two participants are seated in chairs equipped with ultra-wide-band devices that measure both the speed and depth of breathing every 0.1 seconds, which influences the pattern of the calligraphy. One person affects the fluidity and speed of the strokes, while the other alters the intensity of the ink. By altering the depth and rhythm of their breathing, the participants gradually reach a state of harmony with the calligrapher and with each other, drifting deeper into this art through sensing and controlling the flow of their own Qi.
Concept, Creative Director
Shu-Min Wu
Art Director
Yau Chen
Horus Shu
Technical Director
Tsang-Gang Lin
UWB Technical Director
Teh-Ho Tao
Interactive Sound Designer
Tang-Chun Li
Creative Producer
Ministry of Economic Affirs, Taiwan
Industrial Technology Research Institute
Executive Producer
ITRI Creativity Lab
The original calligraphy images are all authorised by the National Palace Museum in Taiwan.

Other Information:

Synthesis – Curated Show