《寫字，在政大》Calligraphy Video Work : Characters, at NCCU
2020 政大駐校展覽 - 書法影像創作計畫｜展出於達賢圖書館｜Video Installation｜B&W｜7m 40s Loop
Calligraphy is filled with the presentness of the work and is an intimate dialogue with the calligrapher. When the intimate exchange is placed within public spaces and the moment of writing is enlarged, it creates changes in the intertwined relationship between the calligrapher and work, also between the work and the viewer. The creative project Characters, at NCCU invites video artist WEI Ho-Ting to start with the concept of "calligraphy" and portray the ambiguous connection between calligraphy and our daily lives through images, exploring the relationship between "seeing" and "being seen," the artwork and the calligrapher. This work is completed by 110 people and invited NCCU participants to write down whatever word comes to mind using ink and brush. The artist then reverses these words and arranges them side by side or in a circular setting. The physical space becomes the background with words floating freely on top, allowing the viewer to look up and observe the beauty of discrepancy between each word.
It is a privilege to be able to appreciate the beauty and magic of calligraphy. In this age of typing and tapping on to the screens, the opportunities for people to hold a pen and use paper and ink are fewer and far in between. Without using calligraphy as part of everyday life, there is a danger that it's importance and value will diminish and possibly even disappear.
For me personally, it links back to the cultivation of culture, an awareness of the aesthetic values as well existential questions such as "Who am I?" and "Where do I come from?"
As a result, I wanted to experiment and create a moment to bring together "calligraphy" and "self" in a way to produce a spiritual experience that puts the writer/person at the center of the ritual and awareness of calligraphy, of creating words and characters.
First, 110 participants were invited to this creative performance exercise. A writing desk and an instant projection device were set up. The writers wrote and watched their writing simultaneously projected around them. This exercise allowed the participants to create their own connections, and watch from different angles their manner of writing and establish a new relationship between themselves and calligraphy.
Seconly, the word and characters were collected and projected separately to emphasize the personality of each character as it differs from the others and yet they also formed part of a repeated sequence of words wandering in a world of weakening connections.