Shan-Shui-Hua

HD video installation ('video painting’)
Christin Bolewski: Shan-Shui-Hua

C. Bolewski: Shan-Shui-Hua

Proceeding from Chinese thought and aesthetics, the traditional concept of landscape painting Shan-Shui-Hua (mountain-water-painting) is recreated as modern video art. The concept of multi-perspective and the endless scroll are explored through digital filmmaking, video compositing and virtual camera, depths and particle systems. Challenging the Western preoccupation with narrative and distinct meaning, the work contains no complex narration and attempts to be a meditative open artwork. Chinese landscapes usually include small human figures that blend harmoniously into the vast world around them. Man and nature interact and complement each other to reach a state of balance and harmony. The ‘video scroll’ transposes this traditional relation of man and nature into a different, more contemporary Western manner: it uses the figure of the Western mountaineer equipped with special tools and protective clothing to vanquish the highest peaks in order to conquer nature rather than searching for harmonious existence, thus counterpointing Eastern and Western ideals.