Excerpt from total duration 6min 30sec, HD1080. First exhibited at The Third Landscape, curated by Joni Taylor, with Raumlabor, Richard Goodwin, Izabela Pluta, Helen Armstrong and Gap Filler.
Extensions of a No-Place (Zhao Dreaming), uses computer game software to make a digital homage to the Yuan dynasty scroll Autumn Colours on the Qiao and Hua Mountains by Chinese scholar painter Zhao Mengfu (1254-1322). This painting is commonly cited as a key historical work in the use of the hypothetical landscape in the Chinese tradition. This particular scroll represented mountains from diverse geographical locations, painted in a deliberately archaic manner, and was presented as a gift to a senior scholar, such that he could revisit these two places in one image. Within this landscape I have choreographed green screen footage into my own personal narrative.
Extensions of a No-Place is an endless, unplanned, imaginary landscape in drawing, film, sculpture and text. Within this constructed space, I critique the contemporary urban environment and reflect on how historical narratives influence our understanding of cultural, political and personal identity. I research utopian urban architecture, literati scroll landscapes and their codification in manuals such as The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting, the 18th century English picturesque movement, and Real Time Strategy computer games such as Starcraft. I use these diverse cultural references to deconstruct the imaginary world I create, and to produce multiple and contradictory narratives of ‘place’.