Will we still write?
Project info: xex.hk/blog/?p=552
In modern days, people heavily rely on technology to communicate with others through Internet and mobile. Undoubtedly, technology has brought people closer than before. However, it comes up with a question: Does the convenience brought by technology improve our ways of communication? Advanced technology in fact leads the fade out of the significance of handwriting. Do you remember when is the last time you write on a piece of paper?
Basically, handwriting carries and expresses our emotions. No Longer RIGHT provides a platform for participant to write and record their handwriting. When the participant finished writing the eight common strokes preset by the artist, the input process is completed. The work will then present and create a passage with the authentic “handwriting” style. Through this artwork, the artist believes that people could recap their feeling of handwriting and how technology changes our daily lives.
It is said that “The Eight Principles of Yong” is “the essence of writing”. According to the principle, the eight common strokes in regular script can all be found in one character “Yong” (永). It is said that frequently practising calligraphy with this principle could lead to the beauty of one’s writing.
From the artwork, it adopts the “Eight Principles of Yong” to analyze handwriting and composite the script. By writing the eight different strokes, characters in the script are formed. Every character embeds the personal style of participants. On the other way round, the demonstrated script also suggests the unique style of the handwriting.
Festival info: microwavefest.net/ii/
Design & Artistic Direction: Chris Cheung Hon Him
Interactive Direction: Jason Lam Chi Fai
Technical Direction: Jeff Wong Chun Kit
Curator: Joel Kwong & Ellen Pau / Microwave Festival
Organizer: Microwave International New Media Arts Festival
Supporter: Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Documentary & Editing: a Kai