Design by Wen Miao – “Qizhi”
The hot ice video demonstrates a unique transformation, prompting contemplation of material, deconstruction and the Chinese character “炁” (Qi), which refers to an object without form. A common concept in Chinese philosophy, especially in Taoism, it is noted as a mysterious metaphysical force. For my project, I chose a Ming-style chair as a cultural signifier; passed down for generations, it has come to embody life and presents, for us, more than just a physical presence. Decomposing the chair into a non-object plays on and draws out its 炁.