Your Surname Please 您贵姓


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Institution: Fukuoka Asia Art Museum, Japan
Materials: Mixed media installation / Computers and software.

In this interactive computer installation, three computer stations are installed below a display of large wall panels on which various surnames have been inscribed in Xu's invented Square Word Calligraphy. Audience members are invited to sit at one of the stations and type their own surnames out in Standard English on the keyboard. The computer then processes this information, ''transposing'' their surnames into New English Square Word Calligraphy and printing them out for the audience to take away. In this way the audience experiences a new and intriguing sense of personal connection with Chinese calligraphy.