This exhibit juxtaposes the rhythms of daily ritual in China against the rhythms of daily ritual in the United States. Typical daily life from two specific neighborhoods are portrayed – one in Nanjing, China, and the other in Provo, Utah. My inclusion of Chinese culture in this project is a result of living in China for one year, and realizing that people of all cultures are more alike than they are different. One of the constants I have seen is daily rhythm.
By specifically addressing rituals that are a part of daily living in this exhibit, I am concentrating on the commonality of humankind rather than focusing on the exotic. By showing viewers daily rituals that are similar to, but different from their own, I am asking them to evaluate their own daily routines with new eyes.
*Kinetic melodies are stored patterns of muscular actions that have a specific sequence and rhythm. They are firmly established and automatized within a person by constant repetition.