[ISEA2017] Paper: Christin Bolewski — Eastern Cultural Heritage, Digital Remediation and Global Perspectives


Keywords: Eastern Cultural Heritage, Traditional Chinese Landscape Painting, Video Painting, Digital Visualization Practice, Eastern Philosophy, Remediation, Remix, Cross-cultural Art.

The paper describes findings from a practice-based research project exploring cross-cultural influences between the West and the East by recreating the concept of Shan-Shui-Hua – the traditional Eastern landscape painting within the new genre of “Video-Painting” as wall-mounted flat screen video installation. It uses concepts of Art Appropriation, Remediation and Remix to re-investigate relationships of man and nature in Eastern traditional landscape art and philosophy and transposes the content to con-temporary global environmental issues and digital visualization technology. Using the “other” or the “unfamiliar” allows a fresh access and new interpretation of well known territory. As such cultural heritage is seen as an opportunity to explore new artistic boundaries and styles of representation within set commodities of contemporary (digital) image creation. Translating and adapting subtle aesthetics, rich metaphor and philosophy of Eastern traditions creates a powerful, subversive tool to address pressing ecological issues differently and allows alternative ways of seeing and thinking thereby detecting Western preoccupations.

  • Christin Bolewski, School of the Arts, English and Drama Loughborough University,  Loughborough, UK. Christin Bolewski is a digital media artist and experimental film-maker from Germany. She exhibits regularly at international media art and film festivals and has taught media art and design in Universities in Europe and America. She is currently a Senior Lecturer and researcher at School of the Arts, English and Drama, Loughborough University UK. Her artwork and research is a critical investigation of the potential of digital media to expand the aesthetic possibilities of audiovisual / film art. It includes video installation, genre mix, alternation and remediation of traditional art concepts / film structures, nonlinear storytelling, combination of still / moving image, video / photography. She has had regular exhibitions at international digital media art events in Europe, Asia, North and South America, including SIGGRAPH Asia, ISEA2011, Worldwide Video Festival Den Haag, FILE Brazil, Transmediale Berlin, ‘Manifestation on video-art and video making of the last 15 Years’ Rialto Filmtheatre Amsterdam, Electronic Undercurrents, Art & Video in Europe Statens Museum for Kunst Copenhagen, part of group exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Dt. Kinemathek Berlin, and awarded with UNESCO Web Prize, etc.

Full text (PDF) p. 289-296