Zi Yuan, A Spring Stroll 字 園 遊 步

A series of paper sculptures scattering in the garden, responding to the regional climate issues & recalling our awareness of seasonal relationships with nature

Year  |  2021
Type  |  paper sculpture, narrative poems, video
Material  |  paper, metal, moving elements in the wind
Location  |  Merwe-Vierhavens (M4H), Rotterdam
Collaboraiton  |  performer Nicolle van de Berg & cinematographer Nino Kennis

A site-specific project developed at Voedseltuin Rotterdam, presented by MOMO Create & Perform, screening during Motel Mozaïque Festival

The research is granted by NCAF National Culture and Arts Foundation 國藝會 

More information will be updated soon.

Currenttly, video could be requested through a private link. Please contact me via email if interested. 

落雨點滴化作詩 在風散盡前萌發
型態特別清晰 像肢體 更像造字的一筆一畫

It swings in the wind, especially perform like a figure, a body, in forms of creation of Chinese characters

Breathe in, breathe out
The rain comes with its endless drops
It waters the groves, refreshes our minds
It loops in the gardens and softens our city 
Absorbed, retained, and given back to the needs of our plants and the planet

All breathe together, in and out

— Rain 雨,一象天,冂象雲,水霝其間也。
—Yu, rain, 一 refers to the sky, 冂 refers to heavy clouds, with the rain dropping uder it.

(extracted from chapter 2: Living with the Cloud, Rain & Air 雲雨气)

The ancients observed the relationships between the sun and the trees, the creatures and the environment in order to understand the universe—the time, the season, the weather, the operation of the world… 

In Zì Yuán, the sculptures of the language indicate the way they READ the world through the original meaning of each Chinese character—depicting its micro narrative.

video stills, or see the trailer

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© SZU-YI WANG. 2021