By Other Means

Autumn Waters - 16/11/17

Autumn Waters - 24 & 25/11 || 02/12

movement - words - patterns

'When we talk about the number of things, we call them the myriad things, and man is but one of them.'

Autumn Waters is a collaborative interdisciplinary project on the theme of patterns, language and movement. The project is based on an ancient Chinese philosophy text 'Autumn Waters' which debates the meaning of words and questions definitions and fixed rules. 

The artists presenting in this exhibition have each created work exploring the process of translation, whether this be through abstraction, algorithms or physical gestures. 

Participating Artists

Ivy T.C. Chan – Ivy works with abstraction in both image and movement. In past projects Ivy has used body and movement to explore the shape and meaning of characters. For Autumn Waters she has developed a system of deconstructing and abstracting them to their base shapes and meanings.

Georgia Ward-Dyer - Georgia uses programming as a means to determine the meaning of image and playing with the concept of translation and interpretation through repeated digital iteration. For Autumn Waters she will explore the process of patterns and translation ssing the characters from the text, and content created by collaborators. She will also present an art-film exposing the mechanisms behind the AI.

Chiara Fulgoni - Chiara is a composer and orchestrator who specialises in immersion and intractability. Using the patterns and flow of the text she has created a composition specifically for the project. In this piece she uses traditional Chinese instruments and new technologies to explore the overarching melody and constancy of the river waters flowing on to the sea as it interacts and transforms its surroundings. 

Camille Jetzer - Camille first came across Autumn Waters she read the text as part of her undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies. Struck by the meandering movement in the narrative and the concept of knowledge as constant flux she began to think of it as a dance piece. 

Through her own research and a series of dance workshops she led in Shenzhen (May 2017) she developed a series of exercises which used movement to abstract Chinese characters and mutate both their shape and their meaning.

These exercises have become the foundation for the dance piece she has created for dancer Fran Mangiacasale, who will interpret the key characters in the text from his perspective after going through these exercises.

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About the text

Autumn WatersThose with the Great Perspective observe the far and the near.

The text dates from around 200 BC and forms part of the works of the Zhuangzi. Autumn Waters describes the conversation between the River God and the God of the Sea as the River God asks the Sea for answers on what is important in life. The interpretations we have focused on in this exhibition revolve around the relationship between oppositions drawn out in the text. The Sea explains the inter-dependency between what is big and what is small, what is exquisite and what is basic. The text does not seek to define these concepts but argues that it is only by grasping at the same time what is big and what is small that one will begin to understand the scape and the shape of things. Through constant flux and perpetual exercise we can begin to seek perspective.