Will Doenlen

Without wind, no waves

Without wind, no waves is a set of 26 mirrored, sculptural playing cards that explore the way randomness shapes our sense of self. Taking inspiration from a Chinese idiom that literally translates to “without wind no waves arise,” the shape of each card was generated using a randomized algorithm that models rippling water. Individually, each card distorts the viewer’s image in a unique, randomized way. However, when arranged together the cards form a single image of rippling water, inviting us to ask how the spontaneous events of our lives eventually become the foundation of who we are.

The 26 cards include all the face cards, lucky numbers 7 and 8, and jokers.

Without wind, no waves showied at MGM COTAI in Macau in collaboration with Special Special.