The Atlas of Maritime Buddhism Exhibition history, art, archaeology, media and technology. Bringing visitors a new experience from visual to auditory, while exploring the spread of Buddhism along the Maritime Silk Road, and experiencing the rich culture of the Buddhist world across national borders.
Speaking of the Silk Road, most people will think of the Silk Road on the land. But in fact, the maritime Silk Road was equally important in history. It not only made a great contribution to the spread of Buddhism to overseas regions, but also established a complete business travel route. The exhibition is being held at the City University of Hong Kong Indra and Harry Banga Gallery from 7 July to 3 October this year. The exhibition vividly presented Buddhist culture through innovative technology, bringing new visual experience in the exhibition.
You can see that the exhibition uses a lot of digital technology once you enter the exhibition. The exhibition has four virtual interfaces and physical art exhibition areas, namely 360-degree virtual reality journey, iDome hemispherical projection, panoramic image linear navigation, 3D virtual Buddhist sculpture rotating model and physical art exhibition area.
The most unique exhibition area, personally, is the 360-degree virtual reality journey. Exhibition is the central furnish a huge circular projection. Entering from the entrance into the device, audience can use the projector to view a virtual trip video of Sri Lanka, myanmar, Thailand, Java, India, Cambodia and China. After choosing your destination, you will be able to see local Buddhism buildings and monuments. Even though we are currently affected by the pandemic where we are unable to travel abroad, the installation allows us to forget reality for a moment and experience Buddhist culture as if they were there.
In addition, the exhibition uses 3D photogrammetry to create 10 virtual sculptures of Buddhist relics and treasures. All the exhibits are of great cultural significance and are important cultural relics of their own home countries. Unfortunately, the real ones cannot be transported to Hong Kong for exhibition. However, it is truly valuable to be able to display the artifacts through this technology so that all visitors in Hong Kong can be able to appreciate them.
In addition, it is worth mentioning that many QR codes are printed on the floor of the exhibition hall. As long as you scan the app on your mobile phone, you can also see 360 degrees of different Buddhist sites. Even when you leave the exhibition hall, you can be able to continue to feel the deep Buddhist culture.
The exhibition uses different techniques to simulate the spread of Buddhism along the Silk Road. Accompanied by the sound of the waves and Buddhist music, the participants can be like that they really embarked on a pilgrimage to Buddhism. It is definitely worth visiting again.
“Atlas of Maritime Buddism” Exhibition
Time: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-19:00
Indra and Harry Banga Gallery
18/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Photo courtesy of the Indra and Harry Banga Gallery