Monday, May 01, 2006

On the presence in it, of human activity


In Chinese paintings of the landscape, the landscape rarely exists as a setting for the depiction of human activity or as a veiled expression of human moods; it exists for itself and it exists as an expression of the cosmos. We can, in fact, determine when a painting was made by the presence in it of human activity or the sense of the painting as an individualistic or subjective expression of the artist.

Determining what kind of painting it might be, Sam Renseiw caught a slow-dub glimpse of the landscape in the morning misty rain on a monday morning. Click here to sense the presence, or touch the mountain top above. (patafilm 156, 01'22'', 5.3 MB, mov/quicktime, mp4 version here )

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