30 May 2021 | 2:00 p.m. EDT
A Multimedia Virtual Presentation of Taiji Brushwork, Painting, Video, Poetry and Meditation
Henry Ho: Award-winning visual artist, Taiji calligrapher, videographer and digital editor
Lien Chao: Award-winning author, writer, bilingual poet, and inter-art artist
Ashley Poy: Meditative artist, performer and emerging poet
Opening Remarks: Mr. Justin Poy, Honourary Patron, Asian Heritage Month-CFACI
“The Energy of Stillness” is a multimedia and inter-media virtual presentation created and presented by Henry Ho, Lien Chao and Ashley Poy alongside each individual’s personal and their joint spiritual and artistic pursuits in the past five years.
Guided by ancient Chinese wisdom, the artists explore the cosmological state of supreme ultimate of Taiji, conceptually and artistically, from various angles. Through meditation, the mysterious relationship between energy and stillness; through Tai Chi horses, emotional psyche, brushstrokes and special metaphysical artistic expression derived from natural phenomena.
The 40-minute presentation will be delivered within rhythmic, meditative cadence to engage the audience with spiritual energy; the variety of visual images, the alternate male and female poetic voices, and four short videos of Henry’s live performances in the past—will illustrate the inter-connected spiritual and artistic journey taken by the artists. There will be a special treat for the virtual audience on May 30. Henry will perform Taichi pushing hands in front of the ZOOM camera for you.
There will be Q&A for the audience to comments and ask questions.
Co-Organizers: Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.; Toronto Public Library; York Centre for Asian Research, York University; Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto; York University; Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library, University of Toronto; Chinese Canadian Photography Society of Toronto; WE Artists’ Group; Social Services Network; Cambridge Food and Wine Society; Fête Chinoise
Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Asian Canadian Artists in Digital Age is funded by Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund