With a smart wristband and a mobile phone, Amaris Malfa, a young Bostonian, “walked” into the ancient Chinese painting An Era in Jinling, and even interacted with the people depicted therein.
“This is amazing! It is so vivid and vibrant, like a moving painting,” Malfa said. “I really wish my fiancé could have seen it!”
The digital artwork An Era in Jinling, which enables visitors to physically immerse themselves in the dynamic city scape of Jinling, the ancient name of Nanjing, and wander in real time through the historical city from China’s Song Dynasty (960-1279), has wowed many US visitors at the See Nanjing cultural exhibition at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Massachusetts.
The exhibition features Chinese garden arts and Nanjing’s intangible cultural heritage, as well as Global Smile Delivery, a display of Nanjing’s best wishes to the world that highlights the historical and modern elements of the 2,500-year-old Chinese city near the Yangtze River.
“Seeing is believing and being part of it allows the overseas audiences to have a better and deeper understanding of the cultural heritage of Jinling and what people’s lives looked like dating back 1,000 years ago,” Ai Lin, the director of the Deji Art Museum in Nanjing who has led her team to develop this digital exhibition inspired by the ancient painting of the same name, told the Global Times on Wednesday..