The purpose of setting a formulaic rule for behaviours is to construct or understand the identities of individual subjects. However, the various possibilities of ‘who we are’ are unlimited. In the speciality and creativity of art, the impact of rules and laws may or may not be so restrictive, and combined with the variations created in individuality, the interpretations could hence be boundless. Nevertheless, in this work, the belief adopted is that the restrain might itself be an interpretation of identity. Tighter control over the procedure, the vision of “setting the strict rules” in making art could by itself imply a new style.
In other words, formulating an extraordinary rule itself can be a possible source of creativity. For instance, even though the procedure of writing is viewed as a mean to produce a set of mechanicalmovements, different styles can still be found in many calligraphers’ works.According to Zen, somemethods of simplifying and purifyingthe mind, such as meditation,can help the ‘real self’ tounderstand the truth of the world and reveal itself in a better light. In the core concern of certain art movements like post-minimalism,thefact of a neutral subjectcould be better understood by means of a rule setting that the individual is forced to cohere to (Morgan, 2002). In other words, the creation of a simple order or equipment could be used to empower the movements of body with a pure intention, just like the rules for bodily movement in art production.A potential style or visual effect may be created as part of the restraint process of making the work.On the other hand, bodily experience, which confronts the setting of restricted conditions, may tell a story of its own.
The interaction with material and space creates a bodily experience which is a subjective synthesis, which absorbs social, cultural, or historical element in the execution of rules.Subsequently, it is the intention of this research to set up a series of experiments in terms of bodily rules and restraints. Imaginative involvement will lie in the nature of the rules and constraints, which may be imposed by myself or perhaps by other people.Also, imagination will be involved in how I shape and present the results of these experiments.In fact, in the process of setting a rule/law for bodily movement, what I am concerned about is an investigation into the clash betweenbodily experience and restricted conditions.According to some research on human behaviours, even a very simple gesture is influenced by the subject’s environment of growth.