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The New School Design + Technology (MFA) Theses ➔ 2016 ➔ Shan Shui in the World

Thesis


Related people/organizations

Kate Sicchio (thesis advisor)
Andrew Zornoza (thesis advisor)
Marko Tandefelt (thesis advisor)
Loretta Wolozin (thesis advisor)
Weili Shi (designer)

Date

9 May 2016

Description

Shan Shui in the World presents shanshui (山水, landscape) paintings of selected places in the world generated by a computational process based on geography-related information. The shan shui of New York City is generated in this first production. This project revisits the ideas implicit in Chinese literati paintings of shan shui: the relationship between urban life and people’s yearning for the nature, and between social responsibility and spiritual purity. With generative technology, Shan Shui in the World has the ability to represent any place in the world as shanshui paintings, including the city where the audience is. The notion that shan shui can exist right here reminds the audience of an alternative approach to spiritual strength: instead of resorting to the shan shui of elsewhere, we may be able to obtain inner peace from the “shan shui” of our present location by looking inward.

Identifier

PC020402_2016_shiw200

Citation

Weili Shi. Shan Shui in the World. 9 May 2016. The New School Design + Technology (MFA) Theses; 2016. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 17 Dec 2017.

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