Let the ancient paintings move and fuse and come alive

  Moving, melting, and living is just the beginning; calming down, sinking, inheriting and innovating, there is a long way to go.

It is necessary not only to face the contemporary audience, to tell the connotation of the new era, but also to face the world, to demonstrate the succession and creation of Chinese culture and the ancient to the new in a higher dimension.

  The music, dance, poetry and painting program "Remembering Jiangnan" has become the "screen-sweeping" work of CCTV's Spring Festival Gala in 2022.

It takes the audience to swim in the famous painting "Fuchun Mountain Dwelling Picture".

  The dance drama "Only Blue and Green" is so "fire" that it is hard to get a ticket.

It puts the handed down classic "A Thousand Miles of Rivers and Mountains" on the stage, giving "I see how charming the green mountains are" with a vivid and concrete image.

With the performance on the stage, the audience traveled to the world of Wang Ximeng, a painter of the Northern Song Dynasty, and explored how a scroll of mountains and rivers can be green for thousands of years.

  On the occasion of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the long scroll "Ice Playing" collected by the Palace Museum "moved".

The 3D animation "restored" the ice movements of 160 groups of characters and "athletes" in "Ice Playing", and a series of cultural and creative works triggered by it left a vivid mark on the Beijing Winter Olympics...

  Rare and ancient paintings collected in museums seem to be some distance from the life of ordinary people today.

However, in recent years, the "high cold" ancient paintings have been brilliant under the combined force of creativity, technology and art.

Deciphering the traffic code of ancient paintings today will bring beneficial enlightenment to the inheritance and development of Chinese excellent traditional culture.

  Get moving and change the "opening method" of ancient paintings

  Holding the long scroll in his hand, he unfolded it slowly, as if he was in the middle of it.

This was originally one of the unique "opening methods" of ancient Chinese painting, so the ancients had the saying of "recumbent travel" to wander about the landscape in the painting.

Today, the empowerment of science and technology has made it an unparalleled possibility for "people to swim in pictures".

  Log on to the website "Famous Paintings of the Forbidden City", the ultra-high-definition digital images of the masterpieces of the millennium are a feast for the eyes, and the infinite zoom function allows you to see the details.

With the help of digital painting and 3D reproduction technology, a picture of "Reading in the Autumn Forest" can be changed from a plane to a three-dimensional. One second just crossed the gurgling stream in the autumn forest, and the next second, the perspective has jumped into the air, overlooking the group. The mountains are majestic.

Digital copies have made rare and ancient paintings more and more "appearing" opportunities. With the wide application of 3D, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, holographic projection, interactive technology, etc., "Painting Tour Series" has become a popular theme of current immersive art exhibitions .

You can follow the music from the boat and enter the prosperous river in the Northern Song Dynasty, and feel the lively voices and traffic in "Along the River During Qingming Festival"; you can also see the detailed process of drawing "A Thousand Miles of Rivers and Mountains" with the slow movement of light and shadow particles on the screen. , enjoy the changing scenery of the green landscape at different times of day and night.

  These "movements" around ancient paintings cannot replace the appreciation of the original works, but they undoubtedly open a channel for ordinary people to approach traditional treasures.

Some people say: when ancient paintings move, the world is quiet.

Once the cultural bonanza contained in ancient paintings is opened, the distant historical scenes, the colors that have accumulated over the years, the brushstrokes full of emotions, and the skilled and exquisite skills will suddenly bring people back to the "old slow" era.

Others said: When the ancient paintings moved, the DNA in the body moved with it.

The collision between the ancient creations and the modern innovations awakened the audience's inner identity and confidence in Chinese culture.

  The movement of ancient paintings is not only a "sincerity" for the audience, but also opens up valuable aesthetic and cultural resources to the creators.

From the distinctive national-style illustrations to the animated films represented by "White Snake: The Origin" and "The Devil Child of Nezha", we can see the nourishment of traditional art and the bold use of the "database" of ancient painting materials .

The extensive use of 3D animation forms provides new possibilities for ancient paintings and images to show their talents in the field of modern design.

  Integrate and realize the "hyperlink" with traditional culture

  When I opened the video of the "Zide Qin Club" by the Youth Chinese Wind Orchestra, I saw an ancient picture scroll that was still and moving: the pale yellow background was like an unrolled rice paper, and several performers had high buns, dressed in ancient Costumes, guqin, flute, drum, zhongruan, plucked and played, and melodious music flows from the ancient paintings.

This series of "ancient painting music" videos have received hundreds of millions of views on the Internet.

The form of "ancient painting + national style music" was discovered later.

At first, the performers mostly wore white shirts and sat in front of a white set to play, which was ineffective. Later, they invited a professional team to "restore" the ancient makeup and costumes, and adjusted the background, which showed the familiar "deja vu" today. old-fashioned painting".

  Not only the "Zi Deqin Club", but also "the sense of ancient paintings" has become the style choice for many popular national dances, poetry programs, and cultural relics variety shows.

As a visual integration of traditional culture, ancient paintings have no words and a myriad of sights. They can integrate clothing, makeup, music, dance, poetry, etc. into a vivid scene that interprets traditional culture.

In the current national style and national trend, it has become a creative trend to use "painting environment" to control traditional elements and contemporary forms, and to show the ancient charm and new appearance of culture in a fusion performance situation.

The dance "Tang Palace Night Banquet", which was popular last year, was accompanied by the dancing postures of the charming and cute Tang Dynasty female musicians, and slowly displayed pictures such as "The Lady with Hairpin", "Picture of Training" and "Picture of Preparing for a Ride". The paintings present interesting "intertextualities".

  This kind of fusion is not only the combination of sound, dance, poetry, and painting in the form of art, but also the combination of traditional stage art, television art, and video form, the combination of literature and art and digital technology, and the complementary advantages of media forms.

Looking at the current trend of traditional culture, the integration and application of new technologies and new media plays an important role in it.

When young people walk around the historical and cultural streets in Hanfu, they will hold up their mobile phones for live broadcasts; on short video websites, netizens spontaneously produce a large amount of national style content; animation games are grafted with ancient painting backgrounds, folk music soundtracks and intangible cultural heritage skills experience. It is very popular with users... Live broadcast, short videos, film and television variety shows, cultural creativity, cultural tourism, people realize the "hyperlink" with traditional culture in various ways, and the inheritance and transformation of traditional culture are also continuously carried out through more comprehensive media forms. "Ascension".

  Come alive and inspire new creations with new teachings

  Before the series of short films "How to Talk About This Painting", there were many ways to "tell" painting, but this time, the characters in the painting spoke for themselves.

An episode with the theme of the ancient painting "Prince Fruit Yunli", cleverly borrowing the live broadcast, through "Prince Fruit"'s introduction to the study furnishings, clothing and makeup around him, the elements of the painting are interpreted in a funny way, and even a pot of ink is used. Ganoderma lucidum in the orchid, when it comes to the traditional cultural implication of Lanzhi’s competition and friendship between gentlemen, the three-dimensional face and clear layers of the portraits lead to the knowledge of the combination of traditional Chinese painting methods and Western shadow perspective in the “Haixi Painting School” of the Qing Dynasty. point.

In just 5 minutes, not only did he talk about the painting, but also there were "words" in the painting, which made a vivid response to the current popularity of ancient portraits and live broadcasts.

  "Ancient Paintings Can Talk" is similar to the previous "National Treasures Talking", which aims to shorten the distance between ancient paintings and contemporary people with a friendly face and lively voice, so that more people can feel the connection between tradition and the present. .

The way of telling tradition has changed, and the way of responding to it must also change.

Tradition "lives" in the present, and cultural heritage has "I", which has gradually become a creative consensus.

More and more people draw self-confidence and confidence from tradition, enthusiastically participate in the creation of literature and art, and promote the creative surge of national style and national trend.

  In recent years, a series of phenomena represented by "cultural relics can speak" and "cultural relics come alive" have allowed people to see the creative vitality led by creativity and technology, see the research and dissemination of traditional culture go in the opposite direction, and see the public. The enthusiasm and dynamism of extensive participation are bringing the creative transformation and innovative development of Chinese excellent traditional culture to a new height.

  Of course, moving, melting, and living are just the beginning; calming down, sinking, inheriting and innovating, there is a long way to go.

There are still many stories about ancient paintings, there are still many teaching methods about ancient paintings, and there are many literary styles like ancient paintings that accumulate the Chinese nation's aesthetic interest, spiritual connotation and value pursuit.

The tradition is mighty and the creation is endless.

The new expression of traditional culture must not only tell the interest, but also the depth; not only the beauty, but also the spirit, ideals and pursuits behind the beauty; not only for the contemporary audience, but also for the connotation of the new era , but also to face the world, in a higher dimension to demonstrate the succession of Chinese culture and the ancient to the new creation.

  Contemporary architects drew inspiration from "Dwelling in Fuchun Mountains" and built a rolling Fuchun Mountain Pavilion where Huang Gongwang wrote.

The echoes of the mountains near and far in the handed down paintings are vividly reflected in the "Architecture Edition".

It comes from the painting and becomes a scroll that embodies contemporary creation.

Through such transformation, traditional culture continues to exist in the contemporary world and continues to enrich people's beautiful life.

This is the ink spirit of traditional Chinese painting, and it reflects the cultural creation and innovation of our times—relaying from generation to generation and continuing to move forward.

Hu Yanyan

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