Move without move _ Vegetable roots discourse and the difficulties to swallow them. Drawings book, 2018. Texts HONG Zicheng, available in English or French translation, 51 cards recto/verso, 250 copies. Ink drawings digitally photographed and printed life size in black and white at Robstolk, Amsterdam. Cover screen printed by Terry bleu. “Vegetables roots discourse by Hong Zicheng is a compilation of axioms, a manual to know how to live with elegance, detachment and tranquility. The scorn of all ambition and social constraint, or the art of returning to the root of things to better taste all the flavor”. 51 potential collisions. In the title, , the 1st and 3rd character are the same (pronounce as Xing ) and can be translated/interpreted as “move with no move” or “moving without moving”. It originates from Lao Tseu’s Tao Te King, axiom 69:
There is a saying amongst soldiers:
I dare not make the first move but would rather play the guest;
I dare not advance an inch but would rather withdraw a foot.
This is called marching without appearing to move,
Rolling up your sleeves without showing your arm,
Capturing the enemy without attacking,
Being armed without weapons.
There is no greater catastrophe than underestimating the enemy.
By underestimating the enemy, I almost lose what I value.
Therefore when the battle is joined,
The underdog will win.
Move without move _ Vegetable roots discourse and the difficulties to swallow them.
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