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Pittsboro, North Carolina, USA
Encoded : Wisdom-Tao Te Ching 1
Ink and Pen
Increasingly we live in two worlds; the outside world of nature, and the digital world of cyberspace. These seem like separate realms, able to refer to each other, but not to connect. In reality the place they connect is within us.
Over 2000 years ago the Taoists presented a philosophy that even today gives us insight into bridging this gap. The binary system of yin and yang from which all of the natural world springs is a model that we can use to understand our place within these two seemingly different lives.
My work seeks to connect the digital and the natural. Natural materials presenting digital concepts, digital techniques that present natural themes. By mixing the yin and the yang, the results are unpredictable.
Encoded : Wisdom is a project that uses such traditional materials; simple ink paintings on sheets of rice paper. The subject is the text of the Tao Te Ching, the oldest collection of Taoist wisdom, translated into the digital language of QR codes. Scan the binary code with a smartphone and the Encoded : Wisdom will be stored within.