The Flow of Nature [WIP]

The system of 24 solar terms is a traditional East Asian lunisolar calendar that each of the terms matches a particular astronomical event or signifies some natural phenomenon. Since solar terms are defined by both ecliptic location of the sun and synchronized with seasons, they are considered as time-space synchronized time mechanisms, which are crucial for agrarian societies. Nowadays solar terms are rarely used in today’s society since we already have tons of approaches to predict the weather, but the old time mechanism still reflects the lifestyle and people’s respect for nature. 


The project “The Flow of Nature”(tentative) is a research-based textile art exploration. In this project, we want to question our normal rapid urban lifestyle and rethink our relationships to our mother nature. It is also our homage to nature through the crafting process with emerging technology involved in. In terms of methods,  we will use algorithms together with weather and environment data to generate computer graphic patterns, then we screen print our generative pattern with color changing ink onto fabrics and paper. Each section of fabric or each piece of paper will be an independent pattern which represents one of the solar terms. The prints will change color and patterns based on the temperature, moisture and sunlight change of the environment, correspond to the temperature, moisture and sunlight change of the specific solar term.

 

About this collaboration

Cici and Jingwen are collaborating on the project as an artist duo. Cici Liu is a New York-based visual artist. Currently, she focuses on algorithmic, generative art by using coding(programming language) as her major tool. Her works explore the connection between nature and artificial world, the space in between reality and alternative reality. Jingwen is a New-York-based multidisciplinary designer and crafter. She is interested in designing engaging interactions and combining traditional crafting with innovative technology. Her recent work is focusing on expressive e-textiles, which are textiles that change color according to specific data input.

 

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