MARC VELA SOLÀ
SIMBIOSIS This is the Final Degree Project at BAU, Centre Universitari de Disseny de Barcelona. Simbiosis is a performance art act, based on the Wu Xing philosophy, that tries to create a reaction and a reflection about human interaction and emotions, and were the main action is made by the clothes whit a minimum intervention of human movement. Wu Xing, also known as the five elements, it is a fivefold conceptual scheme that many traditional Chinese fields used to explain a wide array of phenomena, such as the cosmic cycles, music, military strategy, martial arts, Feng Shui, even the internal relation of the human organs.
These five elements are: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. In this order they represent the circle of creation, because the previous element is used to create the next one. Meanwhile, if you put them in the next order: Wood, Earth, Water, Fire and Metal. They represent the cycle of domination or the destruction star. The use of the elements in so many different fields, makes it possible to create a table that gives different attributes to each one of them, such as colour, a geometric form, a season of the year, a taste, etc. In the following table there can be seen all the correspondences that one attributes to each of the five elements, compiled from the different utilizations of the Wu Xing. Thanks to these correspondences it was possible to conceptualize each one of the elements in a representation of a human emotion or interaction.

 

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