September – October 2016
PureLand AR employs iPad screens that visitors use as mobile viewing windows to explore the magnificent Buddhist wall paintings inside Cave 220, a cave dated to early Tang from the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang in Gansu province, China. It is a pioneering augmented reality installation whereby the paintings and sculptures of the caves are rendered virtually within the architecture of a room which shares same dimensions to those of Cave 220 itself. It creates a space for the conjunction between real and virtual formations that gives transacted aesthetic expression to Dunhuang’s Buddhist art treasury of mural paintings and sculptures. The exhibition was running in the Gallery at Sunway University, for nearly 2 months (Sep-Oct 2016). PureLand exhibition was a collaboration with Professor Sarah Kanderdine (University of New South Wales) and Professor Jeffrey Shaw (City University of Hong Kong), and Dunhuang Academy, China. See “PureLand: Design and Installation“.