I was complaining recently that I don’t really like video art. “I’ve never seen a video that moved me as much as a painting,” I said. All that was about to change when I stepped into Vancouver’s museum of anthropology. I was already overwhelmed by the enormous First Nation carvings of the Pacific Northwest, and seemingly miles of artifacts. Then there was an exciting show that used words and calligraphy, from contemporary artists across Asia. I walked into “What A Loving and Beautiful World” and started crying and couldn’t stop. It was like seeing a traditional Japanese screen come to life, but it was much more than that.
When you touch a character, the world it embodies—from thunder to butterflies—comes to life.
Snow falling on ocean waves proved the most exquisite of all.
See some of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6vDk27jgwU