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Formfields  is an interactive multimedia performance that visualizes energy fields of martial arts practitioners. The video acts as the qi of a group of people demonstrating tai-chi ch’uan. The 25-minute form is divided into  five sections in relation to the five elements: fire, earth, metal, water, wood.  Line and portmanteaus (word combinations)  serve as basic qi gestures. When digitally processed phantom traces encircle and radiate from the practitioners. Like in many of Eng’s projects, repetitive movement serves as her character expression and an effective punctuation to direct attention. Ambient sound is created by musician Cheryl Leonard, who uses natural basic materials (wood, bone, water, sand, shells) to build a soundscape that parallels the performance. Formfields premiered May 23, 2014 at Roulette