Click on the image to watch a video documentation of To afar the water flows at Olbrich Botanical Gardens

To afar the water flows (installation, 2015)—Video projection onto relief sculpture, dimensions variable

To afar the water flows reconstructs the city into a high-rise garden utopia, emphasizing a genuine harmony between man-made structures and its natural surroundings. A decade ago, I left my home in Beijing, where the rapid transformation of the urban landscape dramatically reshaped the city and people’s lives, and I came to America to begin an immigrant’s journey—migrating from the west coast to the east coast, and from the east coast to the Midwest. To afar the water flows is both a visual diary of this journey and a loving portrait of American cities.

The installation is inspired by the concept of architectural relief (a technique where the sculpted elements remain attached but raised above the background plane). Audiences experience a gradual shift in the appearance and depth of the installation from a flat image to a three-dimensional view. I use techniques like relief and projection mapping to enhance the framed glimpses of scenes as well as emphasize the physicality of digital video.

Exhibition History of To afar the water flows (installation): 

  • GLEAM, Art in a New Light at Olbrich Botanical Gardens (Madison WI), 2019

  • The 14th annual International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAa) exhibition, Curated by Christiane Paul and Dene Grigar, 2016

  • The 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2016) exhibition at Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, Hong Kong

  • CURRENTS Santa Fe International New Media Festival at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 2016

  • “Unfolded” Exhibition at Chicago Design Museum, 2016

  • SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 at Kobe International Exhibition Hall in Kobe, Japan

  • “Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields” Exhibition at the Chicago Art Department, 2015