Kun Zhang M.F.A.

Master-Thesis: "Form"

Supervision: Prof. Ute Eitzenhöfer, Prof. Eva-Maria Kollischan, Prof. Theo Smeets



The most fascinating part of the term “Form” seems like the example of “the highest
even number”, which Umberto Eco mentioned in his lecture:
“For example, even the expression ‘the highest even number’ has a meaning, since we know
it would have to have the property of being divisible by two (and we would therefore be
able to distinguish it from the highest odd number), and we also have vague instruction on
how to generate it, in the sense that we can imagine counting higher and higher numbers,
separating odd from even … Except that we realize we will never get there, as in a dream
wherein we think we can grasp hold of something without ever managing to do so.”
Umberto Eco <Absolute and Relative>
People have their own definition of form. Therefore form becomes a more inaccessible
topic, because there is no standard answer and form could never be absolute. At the
same time there is no standard answer for every theme related with perceptions.
I have the doubt about form for years. I saw the obvious symbolic sign many times in the
design products and artworks. I tried to discover lots of symbols for my works too. But
the question is always there. Why, How and where does it come from?
With the different impact and influences from western culture and with my own cultural
background, I found that the influencing factors of my question have too many variables.
Many times it seemed like I touched the answer, that I wanted; Many times after I went
closer to the answer; I didn't feel I got the right and direct answer. In other words, I can
never find the certain answer to this question.
But this is the most exciting and fascinating point. During the writing of this essay I want
to go around “form” to see what is so mysterious in the process of creating the form.

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