by Li Wen Chang
The Shan Hai Ching symbols represent the Chinese gods which were introduced in a classic Chinese text of the same name. It can be translated as “The Classic of Mountains and Seas” and compiles a variety of early geography and myth. Versions of the text have existed since the 4th century BC. The ancient Chinese appreciated and worshiped nature, and abstract them through these texts into gods and other figures. The symbols mimic Chinese stamps in order to depict the identity of the gods and their omnipotence.
The 45 symbols are inspired by the Chinese cuisine. They do not only represent Chinese dishes, but visualise people in a local restaurants as well as eating and cooking tools. Therefore it can be seen as a reflection of Chinese culture which is presented in the style of seal characters–a kind of script form in the evolutionary history of Chinese characters.
The aim of this projects to represent some of the elements that can reflect the chilean culture and its spirit, based on stories, collective memory, typical food, the power of the landscapes, popular words and traditions, and the songs that fuels the spirit of the people, among others.The approach is not confined to an static moment, or based on national frontiers. The culture is movable, alive, multiple, with good and bad things, light and dark.
Tsang Po Fan
The 45 pictorial symbols are dedi- cated to the word »composition.« The set is incomplete if any one of them is missing. Therefore, the symbols are designed in a way that they can be reordered to tell a different story. How- ever, if only one part is missing the
story is fragmented.
Leung Chi Kwan
Everything is composed by points, lines and planes; these three elements construct our world. Adding my own interpretation, the 45 symbols are recreated in a composition of dots, lines, and a surface.