Monday, March 06, 2006

MILANO Pret-a-Porter
At Galleria Carla Sozzani. 255-0+Tea is an interactive art installation by the American-based artist Weihong at the Galleria Carla Sozzani, curated by Daniela Morera until March 26th. The title is based on the computer digital designations in RGB: "255" is 100% pure white, "0" is 100% pure black. For this project, the artist created a black and white space in the Galleria Carla Sozzani: a table in half black and half white, a black chair and a white chair; black and white tea cups; a tea-pot half black and half white. Guests are invited to have a cup of High Mountain Taiwan Tea, served by Weihong, tea drinkers discover the black tea cups engraved with "255", white tea cups with "0," and the teapot on both side with "255/0." these mimics the T'ai-Chi symbols of Yin (black) and Yang (white). The underpinning of the exhibition is the interactive communication between the artist and the tea guests, which leads into the I-Ching notion of "Change". After the tea ceremony Weihong photographs her guests and then installs these photos on an animated Internet web site. On the walls of the gallery are photographs from previous interactive art installation; Houston, New York and Dali, China. The Milan photos will feature in her next exhibition as well as on her web site. It was fascinating to participate and such an interesting project.
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