QiFu (translation: a prayer for blessing)
Live Visualisation: Teng Wen-Hsin
Sound: Du Yi-Siou
Qi Fu combines Taiwanese traditional art with Taoist ritual instruments fa suo and tao mu jian (peach wood sword) to express the resurrection of the soul, further evoking transformation between spirit and the universe, from solitary exploration to collective collision. The wielding of tao mu jian and whisking of fa sou symbolize the exorcising of demons, while the virtuous soul eventually obtains redemption through the expelling of evil spirits. This performance integrates aural and visual to produce an instinctual understanding.
With the visual representation of a white spirit and auspicious beasts including the lion and mythical dragon, to the conclusion of Tai chi symbol “yin and yang,” tai chi symbolizes the primal order of the universe—literally translated as “great pole,” a state of infinite potential—prior to the “ultimate of nothingness” (wuji) and before the duality of yin and yang, which forms the philosophical concept of the source of the universe.
The artist attempts to utilize performance, sound, and visual of traditional ritual instruments as a blessing, an intension of traditional, folk art and heritage.