Dai Zhikang and Lin Shumin, “Information Field,” 2017, Installation with mixed media, Dimensions variable, Shanghai Himalayas Museum installation view, 2017


Over the next one hundred years, modern health problems that have been aggravated by environmental conditions can be confronted by the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine in combination with scientific advancements. By uniting TCM with the study of living organisms, researchers believe that the life system can be connected with informational medical science, a study that has developed from fields such as biology, physiology, and biochemistry.

What is the relationship between the universe and man?
With the help of the meridian system – a path through which the life-energy known as “qi” flows – precise instruments can be utilized to measure the body’s communicative system through magnetic waves. Our internal organs are intertwined similarly to the phenomenon of “spooky action at a distance,” a quantum mechanics phrase coined by pioneering physicist Albert Einstein. These links manifest both internally and externally. Though individuals appear to exist independently, they are actually in constant interaction with one another; spatial and temporal connections remain ever-present during human engagement. Practices derived from Chinese medicine can help us further affirm theories of holistic healing.

Ancient and contemporary concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine are aesthetically presented in Seeds of Time. The work directly responds to the 12 meridians of visitor’s bodies by using sophisticated energy resonance technology to detect their health conditions. With advanced machinery, Researchers Dai Zhikang and his artistic counterpart Lin Shumin will initiate on-site tests that not only provide results, but also initiate disease prevention. Reacting to the idea that art is invested with a healing capability, the installation combines advanced quantum mechanics, restorative reverberation techniques, and new Chinese medicinal practices in defiance of conventional exhibition patterns. Human health is a balance particularly sensitive to overarching systems of communication. With the unique use of sound, color, light, and film the exhibition enhances users experiences and deepens their understanding of both the mind and body. The work’s visual projections will help audiences detect, prevent, and recuperate both physically and spiritually.

Dai Zhikang founded Shanghai Zendai Group in 1992 and continues to serve as its Chairman. Dai is a member of Shanghai Commercial Association’s Standing Committee; Vice President of China Chamber of Commerce, Trustee for Life of China Entrepreneur Forum; Supervisor of the Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology (SEE); The Nature Conservancy, Council of China. Dai has received awards such as the Outstanding Individual of Financial Innovation in 2015, the Outstanding Private Business Owners Contributing to Building Socialism with Chinese Characteristics in 2010, China Charity award in 2008, Outstanding Individual in Earthquake Relief Effort in 2008, and a French Knighthood to name a few. He has also published many articles and papers, including “The Compromise between Civilizations,” “The Strategic Position of Shanghai after WTO,” “Challenge and Opportunity: Opening of the Capital Market in China,” and “Cultural Shanghai: What to Bring to China” in 2010.