Abstract or Summary of Project

This exhibition takes suminagashi out of the traditional space and give it another edge. Shown on a big interactive touch screen wall the audience can interact real-times and experienced fluidism and the artwork formed randomly through the medium. The whole digital artwork takes input from everyone from around the globe and translate it to an intrinsic piece of artwork based on liquid fluidism. In this, everyone is an artist.

Process and More Details

Source of Inspiration

Inspired by the water being a form of body with an intrinsic notion of fluidism and how when coloured ink is propelled through water, and (when motivated), forms interesting, beautiful or pleasing, knowing already that designs are predetermined in the molecules, geometry and mechanics of fluid flow. This process, also known as marbling, or suminagashi (spilled ink) produces beautiful artworks is a form of motion in water, which shows itself to be internally in
constant motion.



Fluidism has a distinctive allegiance to a physics-oriented sense of fluid flow and turbulence. Rather than appeal to abstract, emotional expressive states of the artist, it appeals to a fundamental dynamic of the universe. This fundamental dynamic of universe then registers as emotion. This dynamic exists in a greater cosmic ocean and comes into unique focus locally
through fluidism painting compositions.

Fluidism is on-the-edge creativity where reality is born unexpectedly. Calculation cooperates with chance. Wild and refined actions unite. Chaos and control combine into unpredictable, one-of-a-kind compositions. Thus, fluid paint, manipulated by the artist, reflects fluid nature manipulating itself into inevitable self-similar structures.


Why Fluidism

The sense here is more that universe finds expression through artist, rather than artist intentionally expressing his own impression of it. In other words, the artist does not “own” his impression. Rather, the dynamics of reality allow it unavoidably through a motion of medium reflecting the most primal creative principle of all. Fluidism, thus, is a direct expression of the primal creative principle. It is the primal principle’s “voice” via the artist. The principle expresses itself.



The art of painting on water, fluid painting, is always more than the eye’s view. Even though it can be viewed in their pristine state, it involves the fundamental of water dynamics and the greater cosmic ocean which comes into unique focus locally through fluidism painting compositions. The fluidity of water has roots and tendrils into every other sensation. It germinates from every other area of culture especially prominent in Asia.

The origin of marbling goes back to China, over 2000 years ago, where it appears in sacred practices of Shinto priests. Priests meditate in front of a pond, often for hours and days. As a way to empty their thoughts, they applied traditional sumi calligraphy ink to the surface of water with a pointed brush, one drop at a time, to create a series of concentric rings, like stones falling into water. The intricate patterns were then blotted and transferred to delicate rice paper. This was for the purpose of divination. The art was then presented to the emperor, nobles and shoguns. Prayers were inscribed on the artwork, which was burned in a religious ceremony as an offering to the gods.

Here, I wished to convey the notion of the power of fluidity to move the cosmos to the audience. In a similar sense, fluidism hearkens back to this sacredness by reconnecting flowing pigments to feelings about cosmological significance. It was believed that the rippling effect created by the concentric rings caused by the fluid motion of water would carry the prayer and messages throughout the universe.

Furthermore, by introducing the art of liquid painting or art on water, I also wished to convey the context of water through this form of painting – of how water is being highly regarded as a primordial element underlying cultures around the world. Water is the medium or material upon which the spiritual seems to be modelled. More precisely, the art of liquid flow allows for the most straightforward expression of water’s fluid dynamic behaviour and it as a fluid being.



Video- exhibition space and interactive presentation

Invitation card


URL(s) of Video or Trailer


Posted on

March 27, 2015

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