Originally called futaku, the wind chimes arrived to Japan from China, inspired by the senfutaku, a Chinese fortune teller that worked with the wind, telling if things would have been good or bad (Hiroshima Interpreter & Guide Association, no date).

The futaku was a bronze bell hanged outside of temples, therefore its sacred meaning, that would ring when the wind was blowing, in order to alert people, since the wind was a simple of epidemy. The furin was created as a simpler and smaller version of the futaku, which was hang up in houses as well, in order to keep the evil forces away, and it’s mainly made of three part: a bowl shaped exterior made of glass
replacing the bronze, a zetsu, which is the clapper, and a strip of paper, on which people could write haiku or prayers, and that helped the bell making the sound thanks to the wind.

Mainly inspired by this tradition, for this minor project I’ve re-recreated the experience of the furin Japanese wind chimes making my own wind chimes, which I’ve hang creating a sound installation followed by projections.

To hear the sound installation you can click on the following link: https://youtu.be/B0IaLp3yWPA

Virginia Malavasi



Interaction Designer based in London, specialised in production and operations for events and exhibitions, with an immense enthusiasm for Arts and Spatial design. Thanks to my studies and my work experience, my practice varies in different ways, from physical interactive installations to creating digital content.