Title: The Art of ZEN (Projection view)
Medium: Screen, Rock garden, calligraphy, 2 Computer, Speaker, Mixer
Dimensions (cm): W600 x H300 x D400
Sponsored by MIT, JST, France Telecom R&D
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ZENetic Computer is an interactive system which I developed while staying at MIT CAVS as an artist fellow and with which people can experience San-sui Zen in an interactive way. I was inspired by Sesshu’s San-sui artwork and discovered that San-sui is not a landscape of this world, but a kind of landscape of Shangri-La, and was obsessed with it. As an introduction to Zen, the audience draws digital landscapes by themselves, then enters the world of 3D landscapes that they have drawn and takes a walk. They can exchange various Zen dialogues with computer monk. There is no right answer, and the aim of the interaction is for the audience to gradually awaken to themselves through interaction. The system was exhibited at various places including MIT Museum, Japanese ZEN temples, etc. The development of the system was also sponsored by France Telecom and was exhibited at its laboratory. Picure 6 shows an article of TechTalk introducing the exhibition at MIT museum. The reference shows a paper published in Leonard by MIT Press.