Hills Beyond a River
Hills Beyond a River is a 3D animation, which created by visual artist Miao Jing in 2017. This 7 mins long video recreated the landscape of artist’s hometown in China, Chongqing, which is a city so-called “Mountain City” with two rivers, Long River and Jialing River, across the city. The artist has lived in this city for twenty more years, and totally see the process of the transformation of this city. The new replaces the old; the skyscraper
Artist uses his way to express his confusion of the rapid change of urbanization in China, which is obviously a contradict topic in today’s society. Inspired by virtual reality game, but refusing the VR headset system and individual experience, the artist decides to use tunnel lens to create an “up and down” immersive experience, which does not only correspond to the new perspective of immersive technology, but also the exact same feeling when you experience the city, Chongqing. The vivid gradient color is kind of the artist’s signature for this series of work, he used to use colorful paints for his oil painting work in his earlier practice to representing the over-consumption society. Then, the same aura, he uses the most fantastic color to metaphor the loss behind the surface, to question the progress is a good thing or bad. There is no answer in this movie, but an open-end question for people to think about it. It’s an homage to the great city, resonates people who have the same nostalgia.
In collaboration with Beijing-based musician/DJ Mickey Zhang and music band
Music: Mickey Zhang