Wood-Eye, Eye-Human, 2016
Interactive Performance, steel, leather, wood, two projected videos
Length from 5 - 15 mins
All work and photographs © Yarli Allison
About the work
Words exist as symbols.
If words are a form of abstraction, and meanings are given based on gradual evolution, can symbols be interpreted by one’s own association in today’s world?
Wood-Eye, Eye-Human is an interactive performance based on the original meaning of the symbols in the Chinese term 相見.
“meeting/seeing each other”
often used as an expression of “knowing / feeling one another”
In languages derived from Ancient Chinese (Oracle bone script), components of 相見 appear pictographic as the combination of 木+目+目+人 (Wood + Eye + Eye + Human).
When an eye and a wood (tree) come together (木+目), “interaction / mutuality” forms the character 相. In a similar graphical sense, the character 見 is combined with an eye (目) sitting on top of the human (人) with legs kneeling down forms “seeing / meeting”.
Audiences are invited to participate in the performance
by positioning pieces of wood onto the metal rod with the aim of aligning the two eyes consistently for 5-15 minutes.
(source: artist website)
Read more about this work in the interview with Yarli Allison on Art Springboard