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.

Lin Shumin, born in Taipei, resided in New York for 15 years, has been working in Shanghai for 12 years. Once Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology, Visiting Professor at Taiwan Normal University and Asia University, and Council Chair of American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been involved in the artistic practice of holographic imaging and video installation, whose works integrates the messages and visuals of brain wave and biomagnification, constantly being presented in domestic and foreign art museums. As an internationally established Chinese artist and curator specializing in digital imaging, he was the curator of the Taiwan section at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and the curator of the Shanghai Biennale in 2006.