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Abstract

What happens when a writing cannot perform its function of documentation and indication? In the installation performance Poem Without Language, developed from the action score writing Chinese calligraphy on the surface of water, the multiple closed-circuit videos raise the question of “who” can occupy the position of the observer, challenging tunnel-vision perspectivism. Such an orchestra of gazes resonates with the spatial organization in Chinese ink landscape painting, which challenges the anthropocentric ordering of things; responds to Nam June Paik’s approach to media, which disrupts the habitual way of perceiving conditioned by the mass media; and resonates with the concept of Kongwu (空無, emptiness, nothingness) from Daoism and Buddhism.

Keywords

Chinese calligraphy, Nam June Paik, closed-circuit, loop, ink landscape painting, the concept of Kongwu (空無, emptiness, nothingness), Zhuangzi, Daoism, Buddhism, observer, self, gaze

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Additional Information

ISSN
1530-9282
Print ISSN
0024-094X
Launched on MUSE
2017-11-04
Open Access
No
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