The Spirit of Autobiography
The Spirit of Autobiography, inspired from Autobiography, the world-famous cursive script masterpiece produced by T'ang dynasty monk Huaisu, is the world's very first calligraphy virtual reality installation. In the original, Huaisu excerpts poetic praise given to him by his contemporaries, who compares his calligraphy to images in nature. A famous segment, "my brush varies as the snake glides poised into his post, or thrashes in tune with the windstorm upon the walls," captures the changing rhythm in Huaisu's brushwork.
In the virtual reality installation, the calligraphic text transforms rapidly from dragons and snakes into a storm. A dancer dances slowly in the diaphanous mist between water and sky, using his dance forms to interpret the speed and strength behind the calligraphy. Finally, a virtual brush can be used to practice writing calligraphy, allowing users to experience the spirit and intensity behind Huaisu's cursive script.
Artifact Inspiration: Autobiography, Huaisu, T'ang dynasty,