The World’s First VR Calligraphy Installation

Running through 3 June at the Taiwan National Palace Museum, “The Spirit of Autobiography” allows visitors to try their hand at recreating Chinese calligraphy—only, in virtual reality. Billed as the first calligraphy VR experience, the exhibition offers guests a headset and they then proceed to a Chinese pavilion and situate themselves in an empty room where a calligraphy pen awaits. Characters appear in the air and one must then trace them—perfectly (otherwise, users have to repeat the process until the lines are exact). The installation uses technology by Computex and it’s an exciting way to learn the motions behind one of the most exquisite forms of writing.