Text/ Hu Di
“Jingwei Tries to Fill the Sea” is one of the most popular myths in Chinese mythology. It tells the story of a girl who drowned while playing in the Eastern Sea and metamorphosed into a bird called Jingwei. Jingwei doesn’t want others to perish as she did, so she became determined to fill up the sea and continuously carried stones or twigs in her mouth and dropped them into the Eastern Sea.Starting from this point, we extended the story and started from the perspective of a small stone which had been forgotten by Jingwei. The small stone that should have been taken away by Jingwei was left alone on the mountain. It wanted to be a part of the reclamation and decided to find the sea which Jingwei was filling. When it finally arrived at the seaside, it found out that the sea could not be filled; it would never be filled.
This video was completed by my classmate Qing Mu and I. He got the idea for the story and I turned it into a short video. Due to the coronavirus, we were trapped in New York City and couldn’t go back to China. There was no way to shoot the video outside, so we chose to present it in the form of a collaged animation, and all our communication was conducted remotely online. Neither I nor Qing Mu are in the animation department. This is the first time we have done animation. The collaged elements are mainly cut and pasted from some medieval European scriptures, Indian and Islamic miniature, Dunhuang murals and so on.
Di Hu, born in 1998, currently living in Beijing and New York City. Majoring in BFA photography and video at the School of Visual Arts since 2018.
Qing Mu, born in Qingzhou City, Shandong Province in 1998. Majoring in BFA photography and video at the School of Visual Arts and now living in Beijing. Currently, mostly engaged in photography and imaging.