Shan-Shui-Hua

Christin Bolewski

Shan-Shui-Hua HD video installation (‘video painting’), DE, 2008

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.

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