Keep Cool 1997

Keep Cool - The Augmented Hutong Reality Experiment

In this film sequence based on Keep Cool, a 1997 film by Zhang Yimou, the camera follows a character walking through the narrow lanes of a Hutong-Siheyuan neighbourhood in Beijing. The camera’s path is made visible by forming a solid volume across the spatial structure of the Hutong neighbourhood. It renders tangible the immaterial and temporal patterns of the film movement. The material trace of the film is revealed as each frame is inscribed in time and space at the place where it was shot.

Animation by Amir Soltani, 3D Model by Yiqiao Sun, Directed by François Penz.