Artist and director Yang Yongliang has created an immersive digital remake of Chinese mythology about East Asian dragons
In Yang Yongliang’s recreation the legendary dragons glimpse through the future, in which their habitat is ruined and they are no longer considered sacred.
The work is initially inspired by a painting from the Southern Song dynasty (The Song dynasty was an era of Chinese history that began in 960 and continued until 1279) entitled Nine Dragons. The painting marks one of the most classical dragon motifs in Asian art history. Yang Yongliang’s art practices has always been influenced by master pieces as such, he continuously recreates traditional paintings and landscape with a contemporary touch. While his previous works feature mostly landscapes on two-dimensional platforms; Yang finds Virtual Reality a perfect ground for pieces that involve strong characters and movement.
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