An exhibition-like interactive installation space.

Lyujiang Chen


In this project, “the Cage of Self,” I used a special approach to talk about the topic of “self” in a philosophical context. Traditionally, those valuable ideas from philosophers are expressed with words in academic papers. The obscure arguments limit most people to have access to actually understand or even encounter those philosophical thinkings. For example, many people only know Descartes’s saying “I think; therefore I am” but do not know the argument behind it. However, In this project, I physicalized some of the great philosophers’ key concepts to realized those mental experiments and express abstract ideas in a more vivid physical form. In this way, for those people who have no expert backgrounds, this project offers a chance to understand those philosophers. For those who have already known those ideas, it is an opportunity to personally experience what they have learned in an inspiring way.