Tang Baihua was born in Liuyang, Hunan Province in 1986. He graduated from the Department of printmaking of China Academy of Art in 2009 and lives and works in Yanjiao now.
Tang Bo Hua‘s childhood memory about liuyang fireworks time transformation, make “history and burst of time” to be the direction he is interested in.
Tang Bo Hua has directed “The Country of Summer Insects”, Dun Huang‘s residency project，the stop-motion animation“Mo Gao Xia Guang ”and other projects. He focus on the energy of the Oriental aesthetic, and the The vivid character of Oriental ancestors in the present.
The mud is an important material, his work what with the simple mind of time dialogue with the ancients, in order to pass on the ancient mind, inspire the present, connect the future.
【导演阐述 Director's Statement】
When he was a boy, Xuan Zang set a great ambition to "make a legacy from the near light, so that it will come from afar". With his knowledge and perseverance, he traveled thousands of miles and risked death to seek the truth. He is the spiritual backbone of our Chinese nation. More than a thousand years later, explorers and archaeologists from all over the world, holding Xuanzang's Records of the Western Regions in their hands, retraced his path to Dunhuang and brought the Dunhuang documents to the West, which shocked the world.
To this day, there are still many relics of Xuanzang's journey to the west scattered all over the country. Not far from his stop in Guazhou, Yulin Grottoes and the East Thousand Buddhas Cave are the earliest drawings of Xuanzang's journey to the west. Xuanzang's spirit of pursuing truth is worth learning from. Rapid modernization of today, people only know more about the content of tang's monk, and xuan zang tall figure has been drifting away, as a young artist, "Ink Man“ team members are with pilgrimage admiration of love under the dunhuang China headquarters, in hand-drawn animation creation way to sequence the ancients, xuan zang for faith, life is a gift. We use the dunhuang mogao grottoes big spring river orange plate and the singing of sand soil, according to the three sand six ancient soil, use the same way and the mogao grottoes frescoes metope made into pieces of clay tablets, nine months, from the beginning of winter to the end of the year, completed 7 minutes of animation, mapped the 2000 pieces of clay tablets, films of each frame drawing on clay tablets. There is a large stone in front of the Lei Yin Temple, which marks the spot where Xuanzang passed on his return to the East in 644. We are also not far from the Mogao Grottoes.
I think the biggest difficulty in completing the Dunhuang project lies in crossing the distance between modern people and Dunhuang and Xuanzang, which is why I want to go to Dunhuang to create this film. I want to close to the source of power, dunhuang, as far as possible reduction and the tang dynasty, cave fresco, exerting the same process, so every piece of clay is bearing the weight of the spirituality of dunhuang, they have the sacred meaning, dunhuang mogao grottoes after one thousand years of construction, countless people release their beliefs and the pursuit of art in every mural, A fresco is the rendering of an era, the power is too strong, the living environment of modern decided our life, including our creator is out of thin air to enter the "traditional" very hard, so I want to make myself and the team's first everyone must be close to the source of power, according to the production process of the ancients of the heavy and complicated, interpretation and the sequence the ancients thought, Connect to the present moment. When xuan zang in mo He Yan till almost to the brink of death, the illusion bothered him, it was also in a line between life and death, he issued a "would rather the west step die, never belong to the east half step" of the oath, mo He Yan moraine like stroke of the sword of fire, after this, battle-hardened also will be a real sword, has experienced the baptism of the mo He Yan moraines, Xuanzang has become a new man. He has psychologically completed the sublimation of not being afraid of any difficulties. Then, no matter how difficult are on his way to the west, Xuanzang does not retreat even one step.
For me and my production team, we create and complete this year's film is our pursuit of the first step in the great spirit, I got through layer upon layer from the creation of the rectified distance after a solid, the solid condensed with dunhuang spirituality and xuan zang in each footprint on clay tablets, by the two images of clay in the synthesis of film together, Special thanks to Xin De Yi Zhang foundation, Yi Cai foundation, every supporter of dunhuang Academy, we hope that the "Mo Gao Xia Guang" on the one hand can find a new possibility on public welfare model, as well as I, as a young artist in modernization drive so fast the moment for the traditional inheritance and connection make the contemporary value of an experiment.
The painting techniques of the original manuscript of the film are the same as those of the murals in the Mogao Grottoes. Some of the images in the film have also absorbed elements from the murals in the Mogao Grottoes. There are many aesthetics and fashions on the murals that are now very fashionable. At the beginning of the film, there is a performance of the sky in the universe. This animation adopts the constellation images in the passage of Cave 61 in the Mogao Grottoes. Some experts speculate that these constellation images were drawn in the Yuan Dynasty, and the image of the constellation is very close to our modern image. This reflects the flourishing scene of various cultural collisions and exchanges in Dunhuang as an international metropolis at that time. We let these constellation images with contemporary significance appear in a new form in the film. In the middle of the film there is a period of three rabbit, this period of animation creativity originates from the mogao grottoes 407th wat sunk panel 3 rabbit image, because of the reason of oxidation, the deep black rabbit image has been can't see the distinctive features of the original color, three rabbits every two has been ears, is surrounded by layers of protruding lotus, periphery is hover long flying, Such a strong contrast between movement and movement and the design of the endless cycle of time reflect the unparalleled wisdom of ancient people.
The Mogao Grottoes have gone through thousands of years of construction, and there are so many precious things worth digging and inheriting. This year, we finished a 7-minute film, 30 people worked together, and it took 9 months to draw 2,000 clay tablets, just as Mr. Ma De of Dunhuang Academy wrote in the book "Data of Dunhuang Craftsmen" : "Only when we artists of later generations place ourselves in the ranks of all artists and pioneers in history can we bring some light and heat to art." We also pay tribute to the great art of our ancestors with this work, and we hope to carry forward Xuanzang's spirit.
Invested by: Xin De Yi Zhang Foundation, Shanghai YiCai Foundation, Dunhuang Academy
Produced by Beijing Ink Man
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B3 Dynamic Again, Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, 2015
B3 Image Biennale, Frankfurt, 2015
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Taipei Art Fair, Beijing Seasonal Gallery, 2015
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