Asif Khan

Depth Drawings

We were invited to propose an architectural installation in Shanghai Xintiandi’s dynamic streetscape.

Depth Drawings explores cultures of depicting and experiencing depth in art and in space. Inspired by the sensation and remarkable properties of two-dimensional parallel projection in Chinese traditional scroll paintings, we have designed a series of outdoor structures which will be lit at night. Visitors will be able to navigate around the installation taking in the unexpected optical effects. When visitors are photographed within the installation they will appear flattened as though within a scroll painting, and doing so, connect history to the present, and vice versa.