Michelle Jia Ying Chua, “团圆”[Gathering together] [×]
How to reinterpret the ritual of the traditional festival through framing, in order to reshape an immersive experience of the natural phenomena?
"团圆" (gathering together) is a project that explores natural phenomena and atmospheric conditions such as light, wind and colour, in the context of rituals involved in the Moon Festival. This festival is a traditional Chinese festival that occurs in mid-Autumn; hence, it is referred to as the Mid–Autumn Festival. During this season, viewing, worship, and expressing feelings to the bright and round moon has developed into folk, forming a traditional activity that embodies people's eagerness to reunite, recreation and happiness. In China, the full moon represents "团圆", which in English means gathering together. As an ancient Chinese poet has said, "人有悲欢离合，月有阴晴圆缺" (People have joys and sorrows, and the moon has waxes and wanes). Over centuries, cultural and social activities have long-established a close connection between the moon's waxing and the reunion of people.
This project mainly discusses the relationship between natural phenomena and the festival by producing a new immersive experience by appreciating natural phenomena through rituals. This project also reconsiders the relationship between interior and exterior and believes that the interior space becomes activated through natural phenomena outside. Through framing, digital and multimedia techniques, material installation and arrangement is used to break through the boundary between nature and media to create an immersive space of rituals. Four interventions address four distinct phenomena to allow the audience to interact more dynamically with the intervention. Ancient poetry runs through the four interventions and philosophical thinking about natural phenomena to produce reunion connotations and symbolism related to the Mid-Autumn festival. This project considers different times of the day and different seasons of the year. The research considers how to transmit the spirit of the Mid-Autumn Festival by creating a connection between nature and humans through a series of immersive experiences. The research has developed an appreciation towards different perspectives, dimensions, poetic conceptions to establish how the Mid-Autumn Festival could be reimagined through an immersive and dynamic interactive experience to create a deeper connection between people and natural phenomena.