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The Western Artist's Alternation

Extensions of a No-Place (a digital reinterpretation of Wen Zhengming’s Imitating Zhao Bosu's Illustration of the Latter Red Cliff)

Extensions of a No-Place (an animation based on a section of Qiu Ying’s scroll, Spring Morning in the Han Palace)

Peter Nelson created a digital reinterpretation of Wen Zhengming’s Imitating Zhao Bosu's Illustration of the Latter Red Cliff. A fictitious character called The Lost Man explores this imaginary space. He wanders through his own memories, exploring this unknown landscape, listening to fragments of television, music, recounting his memories and the poetry of Su Dong Po. The surface of the landscape is covered with square ceramic tiles —a conspicuous architectural motif in Taiwan, and also an important symbol of Utopian architectural thinking. The trees are the Black Blue Bush (Maireana pyramidata) of the Australian desert, which, like the gnarled pines of the literati landscape, are miniaturized and contorted due to their long lives in harsh environments. The Lost Man creates a story using space and exploration, which parallels the contemplative wandering of the Chinese scholar. Nelson compares this to real time strategy computer games such as Starcraft, where exploration shows us another way to think about how we make our own stories in landscape spaces.