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In the Flow 逆流而上

In the Flow draws inspiration from the majestic mountains of Karst landforms formed millions of years ago, utilizing them as a unique presentation medium. Employing advanced technology, specifically Houdini, the artist generates authentic water flow data by transforming 3D scans from drone captures of the naturally weathered mountain surfaces. This data is then subjected to re-rendering algorithms and visual stylization, resulting in three-dimensional projections seamlessly integrated onto the mountain's structure. The effect produced is akin to an ink-wash painting, creating a mesmerizing floating ambiance. Concurrently, digitally simulated natural sounds, derived from the water flow data, merge with computer-generated sound effects to enrich the immersive experience.


In seeking to merge the virtual and the real, the historical and the futuristic, In the Flow explores the intricate relationship between human and natural history within the exhibition space. Karst landforms, shaped by centuries of water sedimentation and erosion on rocks, are reimagined through cutting-edge technology. This process involves restoring the flow of water onto the mountain's surface to establish a symbolic connection between human and natural histories. The interplay of virtual elements with tangible effects not only interprets the cyclical nature of time in nature but also fosters a multi-dimensional interaction among the viewer, the exhibition space, and the artwork, inviting contemplation and inspiring boundless imagination about nature.


Experimentally, In the Flow reflects on human emotions through the lens of emerging technology, enhancing reality through virtual methods. It engages in a discourse on the realistic essence of virtual technology, pushing the boundaries of the medium to probe the contemporary relationship between nature, the universe, and humanity. The final projection of the artwork onto the climbing surface of the mountain, achieved through multiple high-lumen projectors, symbolizes the resilience of the human spirit, surging against the current of challenges.



Project by Jiayu Liu

Artist assistant :

Hongyu Chen

Project manager :

Kristy Ting


Technical Director :

Louis Mustill

Design Lead & Compositor :

William Young

Lead Houdini Artist  :

Beck Selmes

Houdini Fluid Artist  :

Lewis Saunders

3D Modeling :

Sean Lu

3D Scan :

Tao Jiang

Projection Design :

Jiaban Xie

Projection Technician :

Zhenren Zhang

Projection Software Engineer :

Ze Fan

Flying Anchor :

Jian Feng

Panorama :

Kangping Yi

Sound Art :

Qi Meng

Film Director :

Tao Zhang

Film Assistant :

Zilong Wang

Documentary :

Huirong Li

Film Editor :

Wanlong Ma

Digital colorist :

Yuhao Wang

Chinese Verse :

Wentao Shi

English Verse :

Chang Yan

Rock Climber :

Xiaoyao Ren & Junjie Duan

Caption Translator :

Jialan Zhang

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