Fluxible Conference: Lecture on Calligraphy and History

Waterloo, Canada, 2016 | Media

In this lecture, delivered for a technology conference at the Perimeter institute, the organizers’ interest was to understand the relationship between art and the technological world. Noriko’s lecture explored the ways in which calligraphy relates to its traditions, while reserving for itself the ability to transfer its meanings to the present and future world. Calligraphy is an ancient discipline, yet in understanding its history, we are able to understand our present from a different perspective. During the talk, a series of Enso characters were presented on the large screen of an auditorium holding nearly 200 people, illustrating that even in the simplicity of its monochrome gradations, a work of Japanese calligraphy is able to speak to all of us in different ways.