Some Thoughts about Grad Project

Contemporary light artworks and installations have been changing how we perceive the world, and also connecting the human society and nature tighter than before. Throughout the human history, natural light and artificial light have been used both functionally and aesthetically by human beings for many aspects such as illustration, sculpture, architecture, drama, and later on film. However, before 20th century, light had never become an independent material that can stand by itself, it always used for serving and setting off other materials and subjects. Thankfully, since last century, by casting off the technical problems and issues, computer algorithm creates all the possibilities of displaying light into a virtual space; the rapid development of New Media has broken the limitation of light. Thus more and more people has started to consider light as an independent material and subject, which has its own great power and charm.

Previously I wrote an essay about light art and critics towards two famous contemporary light artists James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson. Both artists “liberated art from its dependency on external light sources and made it the source of its own illumination”, they appreciate the beauty of pureness and simpleness of light, and all those pieces focus on each individual’s present experience and perception within light by playing with one’s perspective. This is exactly what I want to do for my grad project.

I was thinking about making a project around “emptiness” or be more specific – “voidness”. “Voidness” is such a subtle word, since it’s always related with the concept of Buddhism, universe, and death. I don’t have a detailed plan for my project, but I was looking for a colour as an representative of the concept of “voidness”. Unfortunately, I realized that I cannot use even black or white to represent this idea since there will be always some imposed meaning behind each colour. Then I came up with idea of using light instead of a simple solid colour. I am still working on it currently, but it’s good that I have found a general direction for me to work on.


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