Tsai Mong Hsuan

Hu-Huang 惚恍

“Hu-Huang” is a self-published artist book which choreographs film photographs into three sequences of movements. The title "Hu-Huang” originates from Tao Te Ching, which Lao-Tzu uses this word to describe Tao. It suggests that Tao is intangible, shapeless, and its existence can only be perceived by the heart. Resembling a philosophical diary, this book shifts its perspective from looking at future, then past and to present. With perspective of thinking about future, it is a contemplation on the fragile hopes of achievements in life. Then turn around to investigate the traces of collective sorrow by wondering in the remains of massacre history of Taiwan. The book finalizes with attempts to meditate with present moments, aiming to immerse in the pleasures given by here and now. In this book, the printed matter is imagined as a stage, with the viewers directing the flow of the performance. By incarnating intangible bodily senses into visual composition of photographs, reading turns into a private solo dance in each of the viewers' heart.

盼望中脆弱的它搖搖擺擺,戰戰兢兢,恍恍惚惚。 在《道德經》中,老子用「惚恍」形容道的無形無狀,卻切切實實存在,只有⼼靈體悟可以靠近。
"Hu-Huang” originates from Tao Te Ching, which Lao-Tzu use it to describe Tao. "Hu-Huang” suggests that Tao is intangible, shapeless, but it does exists and one can only perceive it with heart.

Design: Jan-Pieter Karper, Tsai Mong-Hsuan
Publisher: Tsai Mong-Hsuan (self-published)
ISBN: 9789574368716
Year: 2020
Binding: paper back with cotton-blended rice paper, Japanese hand-bound
Size: 19X33 cm
Page: 94
Language: English/Chinese (traditional)
Edition: 13