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The Western Artist's Alternation

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

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

This animation is based on a section of Qiu Ying’s scroll Spring Morning in the Han Palace. Peter Nelson chose this work because it highlights the spatial similarity of scroll painting to computer games, where characters can move throughout the space without changing their size. His urban recreation of Qiu Ying’s scroll was made using photographs of Taipei and Hong Kong, along with various 3D modeled elements. This work creates a fragmented story based on spatial exploration and interaction. Nelson uses a drag disguise to play the character of the courtesan. The transformation of his ethnicity and gender in directs attention towards the contradictions within his cross-cultural study of Chinese painting, as well as the performance of gender in the cosmopolitan environment.