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Delve into the fascinating world of medieval arts

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Explore the fascinating world of medieval art

Immersive digital art is becoming increasingly popular. The exhibition “Form | Shadow | Mind” at Harvard University’s FAS CAMLab features three of his digital installations in three separate rooms of his traditional architectural style.

Visitors to the Kaimeng Theater in the Chen Ancestor Hall of Panlong Tianchi are provided with an audio guide to discover the rich tapestry of art history through evocative traces of culture and humanity as they enter the dark hall. Masu.

Inspired by the medieval struggle to transcend physical and material limitations, these works use digital technology to realize profound artistic visions. Explore the depths of medieval Chinese art, a world that blends architecture, sculpture, painting, and literature, and ponder the profound interplay between spirit and matter.

For example, “Cave Dance” is based on static murals and motion capture data by professional dancers from Dunhuang, one of the world’s most important cultural heritage sites. Dunhuang preserves more than 400 decorated Buddhist cave temples from the 5th century to the 13th century. .

The celestial dance scenes in the Buddhist Pure Land are usually considered Dunhuang’s most typical creative achievements, and they stand out from the rich visual culture of the Dunhuang Grottoes. This artwork uses machine learning to gain new insights into ancient dance practices, resulting in humans and computers working together to choreograph animated movement sequences.

Explore the fascinating world of medieval art

Part of “Embodied Architecture”

“Shadow Wall” explores the mythology of Buddhist art that originated in the Nagarahara region of Afghanistan around 400 AD. It is said that the Buddha jumped into the wall of a cave in the cliff and carved an “image” that shone and reflected from a distance like a mirror, but then disappeared into the rock face. Visitors may forget reality as they sit on the ground and gaze at materiality and transcendence in an immersive landscape of “earth, water, fire, and wind.”

The final work, “Embodied Architecture,” explores new ways to express the master story of Chinese architectural history. Here we focus on the Pagoda of Fugong Temple, the world’s tallest and oldest extant pure wooden pavilion-style structure from the Liao Dynasty (916-1125). Through photogrammetry, digital modeling, CG animation, 3D printing, and mixed reality, the installation reconstructs the tower in virtual reality and takes viewers on a spiritual journey exploring ascension and transcendence.


Exhibition period: Until the end of March 2024 (closed on Mondays) 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 8:50 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays

Venue: Shanghai Panlong Tianchi, Chengzu Hall, Haimeng Theater

Address: No.8, Lane 123, Panding Road

Admission fee: Please reserve and purchase tickets through the WeChat program: Line Shanglong

Bunding Road 123 No. 8

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