“Look, it cannot be seen — it is beyond form. Listen, it cannot be heard — it is beyond sound. Grasp, it cannot be held — it is intangible. These three are indefinable; therefore they are joined in one.“
– Tao Te Ching, Chapter 14
First identified by Chinese philosophers 3,000 years ago, Tao is “the infinitely powerful force containing the truth and existing before the world was created” — indescribable, beyond the constraints of time and space, sound and vision.
It is believed that each person imagines Tao according to his or her own nature. A wise person sees Tao as wisdom; a kind person believes that Tao is kindness; a merciful person understands Tao as mercy.
From December 7 to December 29, the Taipei Cultural Center is hosting an exhibit called Beyond Measure. The show features eight artists sharing their own visions and understandings of Tao, and each work is illustrated with a verse from the Tao Te Ching.
The artists come from Taiwan, Japan, China and the United States, they are all currently based in New York and they are united in their desire to show the invisible, define the indefinable and measure the immeasurable.