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2022
Streaming Stillness 虚极静笃
 

     This work was obtained by two steps: Firstly, two-layered deep machine learning and AI technology were used to formulate several sets of virtual, dynamic 3D graphs based on plenty of China’s terrain data. Next, 10,000 Chinese ink-and-wash paintings were learned and trained on the surface of the virtual domain through AI technology. 

     Referring to the concept of Tribute to Yu, the earliest geological imagination and thinking in China, it reshapes the terrain of China through AI-drawn maps, aiming to create a new geological origin for the Chinese civilization in the new era. 

     The domain swarming with uncertainties yet appearing sensually real is actually generated by virtual means. It comes from the real world yet doesn’t exist in it. Instead, it’s a natural prototype existing beyond human experience and reaches transcendence. In this work, virtuality is no longer aimless but shakes reality for its approximation to reality. Thus it provides possibilities for revealing the invisible reality. Or it can be called knowing the reality yet sticking to its virtuality. 

Credits

 

Artwork by Jiayu Liu

Artist Assistant:

Haobo Huang

Technical Director:

Louis Mustill

Content Design Director:

William Young

Content Technical Director

Xin Fang

Motion Graphic Design:

Tiankun Yu

 

Houdini Technician:

Zhaoxue Xiang

 

VFX:

Jiakun Sun

 

Machine Learning Technician:

Qihui Wang

 

Machine Learning R&D:

Aijia Wang, Ashiely Zhang

 

Surface Redesign:

Xiangyu Wang

 

Sculpture Redesign:

Bochen Zhang

 

Fabrication Director:

Junxia Zhang

 

Prototype Fabrication:

Nian Xiao, Weizhen Bai

 

Sculpture Fabrication:

Zhenfeng Ding, Jiajun Ding

 

Projection Director:

Junwei Yuan

 

Mapping Technician:

Chao Yuan

 

Film:

Mark Winterlin

 

Edit:

Matthew Watt

 

Project manager:

Tingting Wu

Special thanks

 

Qingxue Liu, Shujuan Ma, Chao Lu