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the Most Fascinating Artworks that Present You A New Way to Experience Ancient Chinese Culture…


Fortune on Hand

Author: Siman Li

Using webcam, Arduino, Javascript, Fortune on Hand is an installation that generate a poem about one's 'fortune' base on their own unique palm lines.

Project Link: https://www.siman.li/#/fortune-on-hand-1-1/

How it works

The machine offer a transparent acrylic platform that allow the users to put their right hands on, whenever they are ready, the button on the side will be pressed, a picture of the palm will be taken by the hidden webcam under the platform, and will be sent to javascript to be analyze, and a ancient Chinese style poem will be generated and printed out base on the palm lines.

The picture will be divided into four parts corresponding to four different lines in the Chinese poems. Using the openCV called Edge Detection, the palm lines gets analyzed, according to the shape and pixel number of the palm lines, the poem lines was assigned to different types of palm line situations based on ancient Chinese palmistry theory, different poems line will be chosen. All the Chinese poem lines came from Omikuji paper with rich history.

The Story Behind the Creation

The idea of telling one’s fate through poems came from one of the greatest Chinese literature classics 400 years ago  The Dream in Red Chamber that  I read as a kid, in which there was a chapter (Chapter Five: 贾宝玉梦游太虚幻境 , "the spirit of Chia Baoyu visits the confines of the Great Void."that the main character Baoyu had a dream of in a sky palace named "Great Void", which exists a book that has everyone’s fate written in poems on it. 

During ITP’s winter show 2016, it was touching that visitors came by and talk about their understandings of their unique poems and how the poems speaks to their own life stories. And I talked about my inspiration for this project  they were also affected by my feelings and thinkings behind the design. I realized that, for a moment, the designed interaction along with the emotions it tried to convey, could be beyond cultural, age, race. 


Author: Zhang Wenli

A web app that utilizes JavaScript and CSS to present the changes of the hexagrams in I Ching.

Project link: http://zhangwenli.com/biangua/

Github source code: https://github.com/Ovilia/biangua

Project description (Chinese): http://zhangwenli.com/blog/2014/08/11/how-i-made-biangua/

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Du 渡

Author: Siman Li

Project Link: https://www.siman.li/#/-the-crossings/

Inspired by the ancient Chinese landscape painting style, this work is a visual, aural and olfactory interpretation of the Buddhist concept of pains and relief in the journey of life.

Using the technique of 3D scanning, author’s own body was captured, broke down and deformed into the shape of landscape. The 3D model was used to generate physical simulation animation to represent four seasons, using different color, form and dynamic to stimulates the audience’s imagination that is abstract, ancient, futuristic and poetic.

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