Yü / Enthusiasm


Thunder comes resounding out of the earth:

The image of ENTHUSIASM.

Thus the ancient kings made music

In order to honour merit,

And offered it with splendour

To the Supreme Deity,

Inviting their ancestors to be present.

When, at the beginning of the summer, thunder – electrical energy – comes rushing forth from the earth again, and the first thunderstorms refresh nature, a prolonged state of tension is resolved.  Joy and relief make themselves felt.

So too, music has the power to ease tension within the heart and to loosen the grip of obscure emotions. The enthusiasm of the heart expresses itself voluntarily in a burst of song, in dance and rhythmic movement of the body. From immemorial times the inspiring effect of the invisible sound that moves all hearts, and draws them together, has mystified mankind.

I Ching hexagram No 16, thrown 5th December, shortly before The River Flows in Many Directions at the Same Time at the Museum of Contemporary Art


O is a Chinese character. It means nothing.


Blue was by far the most popular colour here, in the small survey.


There are many rivers in the Square Mile.


Four people looked into the history of the magician Te Kianying (whose land became Kanjiang Park) on four separate occasions. They found nothing.

So I imagine how he might have looked. This picture comes the closest. But it’s not him.

the magic one

I can now celebrate what it means to be a Foreigner in Shanghai and I embrace it.

Old foreigner

And the people looked and knew this really was a foreigner.

A foreigner who loved China.

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