The Theme: Silk Road
traditional trade route and shows the cultural exchange that has taken place over the centuries. Tan Dun, the most famous contemporary Chinese composer, will open the festival with his large oratorio “Buddha Passion”. The work was inspired by 1500 year old wall paintings in cave temples of an ancient Chinese oasis city on the Silk Road, which show Chinese, Persian, Turkish and European influences. Dun also integrated numerous music manuscripts found there into his work.
“Silk Road, also called Silk Route, ancient trade route, linking China with the West, that carried goods and ideas between the two great civilizations of Rome and China. Silk went westward, and wools, gold, and silver went east. China also received Nestorian Christianity and Buddhism (from India) via the Silk Road.” For more please see Encyclopedia Britannic
Brief from Elphi
Motifs are a single repeated design element. They build pattern blocks. Motifs are the safest way to approach this project. Drawing your motifs after the resources, digitizing them and animating them slightly in aftereffects would be recommened way to approach this project.
- Wallpaper and murals with slightly animated moving pattern
- Ornaments and depiction of rare insects, plants and animals on textiles
- Textiles with magical patterns and mysterious blended motifs
- Depiction of stories woven or painted on textiles
- Magic of textiles: Silk and ikat motifs (China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Central Asia, Persian influences, silks, textiles Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent)
- Waves as a metaphor for concept of beyond the seas and travels
- Relics, dynastic palaces, hidden grottoes and rock-cut Buddhist masterpieces such as Caves of the Thousand Buddhas: The Mogao Caves Dunhuang*
- Terracotta warriors’ in Xi’an’s Hanyangling Mausoleum
- Xi’an Temple of the Eight Immortals**, ( Ba Xi’an An, Xi’an)
- Magical Stories and myths
*Caves of the Thousand Buddhas: The Mogao Caves
” The Mogao Caves, which house some of the most stunning Buddhist murals in
the world, and are perhaps the most magnificent store of Buddhist art in the world. The first cave was carved out and painted in 366 AD after a Buddhist monk, passing through on the Silk Road, had a vision of a thousand Buddha faces appearing on the cliff. The caves were largely forgotten until a Taoist monk stumbled upon them in 1907. Currently, there are more than 492 caves, most containing murals, manuscripts, and over 2,415 coloured statues.”
**Eight Immortals: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight_Immortals
“The Eight Immortals (Chinese: 八仙; pinyin: Bāxiān; Wade–Giles: Pa¹-hsien¹) are a group of legendary xian (“immortals”) in Chinese mythology. Each immortal’s power can be transferred to a vessel (法器) that can bestow life or destroy evil. Together, these eight vessels are called the “Covert Eight Immortals” (暗八仙). Most of them are said to have been born in the Tang or Shang Dynasty. They are revered by the Taoists and are also a popular element in the secular Chinese culture. They are said to live on a group of five islands in the Bohai Sea, which includes Mount Penglai.“
PROJECT COMPONENTS (ASSESSMENT)
Create a mood-board as a digital composition that would communicate a single idea of your research. Include inspiration, concept, artist reference (if any), methods, and techniques. Use mind-map brainstorming and sketches to finalize your ideas. Mood-board must include citation-reference for images + names of artists you have referenced.
- Visual Prototype
Start by creating assets such as sketches and motifs based on your mood-board and research. Digitize your assets and materialize them in time-based media. Explore further methods (software exploration) by creating a working prototype and first impression of the final product.
- Storyboard design
Create a storyboard within the assigned ratio aspect of the final video output. Communicate the workflow of the final piece.
- The Final video in 2 minutes for a designated public site. Explore audio-visual abstract or cinematic, short film, or photographic sequence.
- Exhibition Tasks:You will be expected to devote time organizing the exhibition associated with this course. You will be engaged in various practical tasks during the course in preparation for the final exhibition.
You will contribute to a digital catalogue in PDF inclusive of Title of your theme, Abstract/short description of your theme (mood-board must include citation-reference for images + names of artists you have referenced), Sketches, Storyboard, Technique / Prototype, Final image.
Reserach and Mood board
Example of Research and Moodboard
Concept and Techniques research on Silk Road Theme. Research and collect inspiration and references for digital mood-board.
Mood-board to include:
-Theme /concept research: come up with three concept (s).It can be also one idea with three techniques or three different concepts. Include Mind – Map
-Methodology: Techniques research -reviewing possible techniques/ methods for treatment ( artists, techniques that you have find online and searching for case studies and tutorials)
- OSS Gallery 2016/17
Final Works https://oss.adm.ntu.edu.sg/2017-da9012/gallery/
- OSS Gallery 2017/18
PDFs by BTK students
Germany Process documentation PDF
Completed Movies by BTK students for Elphi
Waves of Transition : This work illustrates a key connection between the roof of the Elphilharmonie and the structures found around the Silk Road. It exhibits muqarnas, similar to these found in mosques in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan
Transmittion: A new Silk Road is currently being built, with the intent of creating a trade network tailored towards China. This trillion dollar project is visualised using thin lines that show up on the Elbphilharmonie with an exact width of one pixel. These lines tell the story of connections between countries and cultures as well as countless individuals involved in these changes.
The Path: On the theme of the Silk Road, we used the Contour line, which used to represent the terrain in geography, and also the basic colors of Tang Sancai to express the jungle, desert and ocean on the Silk Road.
Stringularity: Stringularity shows you an authentic part of the Silk Road from a top down view. With time, the abstract deformation commences to dissolve the landscape into a surreal state.
Spreading Cultures: The work describes more or less the spreading cultures today visualised with the abstract pattern you can find in the Elbphilharmonie nearly everywhere and flower patterns from the middle east, which can be found on many different things like carpets, architecture or windows.
Shadowtrails: ..shadow paths through a world dotted with grains and send…light and warmth give a hint…
Merging Lines: Representing the middle part of the Silk Road the line floats along the honeycomb-like pattern and merges with the structure of the Elbphilharmonie and is becoming a part of it. Just like the musical programme with its silk road theme will be played in symbiosis with the outstanding architecture.
Kong Ming Flight: The Silkroad was always a cultural placewith a ton of different faces.To celebrate the new Silkroad, I wanted to illustrate the step towards the future as if we where all Kong Ming Sky lanterns rising up and moving towards the sky together.
Deep Secret: The artwork is combining elegantly designed patterns inspired by Arabic Culture and Mesmerising motions using blue hues, creating a harmonistic feeling.
Painting of Sand: The theme for which we have developed our concept is the Silk Road. Since the Silk Road leads a large part through deserts and sand can be found as far as the eye can see, we came up with the idea of filming a sand painting performance. We have included patterns of the different cultures along the Silk Road into our performance.