"Landscapes of Four Seasons with Sun and Moon", late 15th Century, author unknown
and the associated work,
"Zooming the Cosmic Landscape", 2021
Interactive application of late-15th century CE Japanese National Treasure "Landscapes of Four Seasons with Sun and Moon", (2021). 49-inch touch screen. Digital scan: Foundation for Advanced Imaging Technology Research, Japan.
Courtesy Kongo-ji Temple, Osaka, Japan. Co-produced by AITReC and EPFL Pavilions
Part of “Deep Fakes: Art and Its Double”, an exhibition curated by prof. Sarah Kenderdine
On view: 17.09.2021 - 1.5.2022 at EPF Pavilions
These two standing screens are a Japanese National Treasure known as “Jitsugetsu-zu sansui-zu byobu” or the “Landscapes of Four Seasons with Sun and Moon”. This work is considered preeminent in the history of Japanese art and cosmology. The coupling of the Sun and the Moon has long been associated in Japanese culture with the ‘Onmyodo’ – the Way of Yin and Yang, and the complete space-time universe. And they are thought to have been displayed on an altar during the performance of esoteric Buddhist rites in Osaka’s Kongo-ji Temple, established in the mid-8th century CE. The temple remains the custodian of these sublime ritual treasures. The screens portray the classical Japanese understanding of the yearly seasonal cycle: the Sun watches over spring and summer on the right screen, while the Moon watches over autumn and winter on the left. A vast ocean occupies the center of the composition, and the seasonal landscape seems to swirl around it.
"Zooming the Cosmic Landscape", 202, an ultrahigh-resolution, 1200 dpi digital scan presented on an interactive monitor, allowing for intimate inspection of textures, patinas and geometry in RGB and infrared light.
5. “Deep Fakes: Art and Its Double” graphic - Knoth & Renner and Jakob Kirsch (Lamm & Kirsch)