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National Palace Museum

NPM x KMFA: New Horizons─New Media Art Exhibition

  • Dates: 2019-09-07~2019-12-01
  • Location: Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

NPM x KMFA: New Horizons—New Media Art Exhibition is co-organized by the National Palace Museum and the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts and continues the NPM's long-time effort to meld the humanities and innovative technology. This exhibition breaks the barriers of physical exhibitions and presents diversified perspectives by crossing artistic and technological disciplines. Through the interpretation of new media art and the curatorial discourses of the two museums, the exhibition renders the rich cultural heritage of the National Palace Museum in a new light and offers audiences a brand new aesthetic experience.

Drawing inspiration from the ancient literary event famously recorded in Wang Hsi-chih's Orchid Pavilion Preface, the foremost running calligraphy in the world, the exhibition creates the poetic ambience of a contemporary literary gathering by interweaving the Original Dingwu Copy of the Orchid Pavilion Preface housed at the NPM into its framework. The exhibition is divided into the following sections: A Game of Floating Goblets; Beautiful, Bountiful Nature; and Euphoria of Sight and Spirit, and features voice-control and haptic interactive installations, immersive theaters, virtual reality, augmented reality and other multimedia works. Two brand new installations make their debut in this exhibition, while several works on view have won international accolades such as the American Alliance of Museums' Muse Awards and the Worldfest Houston International Film and Video Festival's Remi Awards.

A Game of Floating Goblets recreates the poetic imagery of the literary wine-drinking game illustrated in the Orchid Pavilion Preface. The Classical Theater Pavilion located in this section features a selection of films introducing the NPM's masterpiece collection, showcasing the exquisite details and beauty of the artifacts through innovative representational methods and high-resolution technology. Beautiful, Bountiful Nature is an ode to the beauty of nature and presents new media art renditions of the mountains, figures, birds and flowers from ancient artifacts. Inspired by Guo Xi's Early Spring, the interactive theater "Into the Painting" shown in this section recreates the majestic vitality of classical Chinese landscapes and its aesthetic capacity "to amble, to behold, to wander, and to abide." "Through the Boundless Desert" combines haptic interactive technology and voice-activated technology to render the story of Kublai Khan and his entourage on their way to the hunting grounds in the Gobi desert. The immersive generative artwork "Plum Blossoms in the Moonlight" presents a surreal plum field that combines the NPM's antiquity collection with literary texts and brings to life the elegant splendor of the museum's ancient flower vessels.

Euphoria of Sight and Spirit utilizes virtual reality, augmented reality and large-scale video walls to appeal to the senses. "The Spirit of Autobiography" shown in this section is the world's first calligraphy virtual reality experience and reinterprets the speed and vigor of the wild cursive script in Autobiography through contemporary dance; audiences can also practice their calligraphy with a virtual brush. In the VR experience "Roaming through Fantasy Land", audiences explore the blue-and-green landscape of the literati painting Autumn Colors in the Qiao and Hua Mountains. In the section "the Literary Art of Writing", the celebrated works of Northern Song dynasty calligraphists Su Shi and Huang Ting-chien are illuminated and transformed into large-scale video installations, rendering the dramatic interplay between the fluctuating emotions in Su Shi's Cold Food Observance and Huang Ting-chien's mischievous response to his friend's request for his poetry in Besotted by Flower Vapors. Through the augmented reality program "Stamps of Landscape," audience members are ultimately able to create their own ancient landscapes by rearranging the digital elements on the screen.

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