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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2016 MFA Design and Technology program theses ➔ Shan Shui in the World


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


May 9 2016


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.




Weili Shi. Shan Shui in the World. May 9 2016. Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses; 2016 MFA Design and Technology program theses. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 19 Aug 2019.

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