A Pure and Remote View: Visualizing Early Chinese Landscape Painting—a lecture series by Professor Emeritus James Cahill

A Pure and Remote View Lectures

This videotaped and moving-image lecture series, conceived by UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus James Cahill, is a legacy of his life's work in the history of the visual arts of China. Composed of short introductions and over 2,200 detailed high-resolution images of selected Chinese paintings and works of pictorial art from the early period up to the end of the Song dynasty in the late thirteenth century, this series was written and narrated entirely by Professor Cahill. For ease of viewing, the lectures contain chapter markers identifying the major works of art discussed. In addition, the names of some artists and works are given in pinyin and traditional and simplified Chinese characters. Lecture notes, which provide further information on the topics discussed as well as suggested readings, accompany the video files.

The video files and lecture notes are to be viewed, downloaded, and used freely by anyone, without charge; this is a completely nonprofit project. This series is intended solely to further the personal and professional educational pursuits of its viewers and is not intended for any commercial purpose, nor to represent or take the place of a university course in the subjects addressed. All materials are being released at cost and under Creative Commons licenses. All intellectual property exhibited in these lectures belongs to Professor James Cahill, is specifically cleared for noncommercial use only, or is covered under the US legal principle of Fair Use for noncommercial educational purposes only.

Professional film production software was used to animate details from selected images for pedagogical clarity and to deliver the series electronically in the highest commercially available high definition format. This series is being produced in full high definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) using the highest resolution slide scans of images of original and reproduction art that Professor Cahill and many other Chinese art history scholars have collected since the middle of the twentieth century. Most of the source material was available or could be scanned to 15 megapixels, and thus could be enlarged using multimedia presentation technology to expose important details without losing any picture clarity. Digital enhancement of much of the imagery was also applied to render the material more visible for video display on computer monitors, television, or LCD projectors. The lecture files presented here are in 720P widescreen high-definition format (1280 x 720 pixels) and highly compressed to facilitate streaming or download over the Internet. These files are being streamed from Berkeley's YouTube channel to maximize compatibility for all users. Please note that even with a fast broadband connection, watching this material will require a waiting period before the start of each lecture and possibly during play as the video pauses to allow the movie file to download ahead of the current viewing point.

The Institute of East Asian Studies at Berkeley has broken new ground in the field of education by taking on the multimedia publication and distribution of these lectures as part of its publications program. The institute has also provided research, administrative, and financial support. For more information on the lecture series, including its possible future distribution in high-definition format (sets of standard DVDs or Blu-Ray discs), please contact Managing Editor Katherine Lawn Chouta.

A note from Professor Cahill: I want to thank my many teachers and colleagues, and the many museums, universities (most of all UC Berkeley), and other institutions that have supported me over the decades of my career. I wish to thank the Tang Research Foundation and the University of California, Berkeley, Institute of East Asian Studies for their early support of my undertaking this large and arduous project. My thanks go also to Rand Chatterjee, of Chatterbox Films, who produced the series, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundaiton for financial support.

For more information on Professor James Cahill and his research, visit his professional website at http://jamescahill.info/.


Preview - A Pure and Remote View by James Cahill
Preview - A Pure and Remote View by James Cahill This 1-minute teaser for the art-history series "A Pure and Remote View: Visualizing Early Chinese Landscape Painting" by Professor Emeritus James Cahill very briefly explains the multimedia project and shows some representative materials.
A Pure and Remote View by James Cahill - Trailer
A Pure and Remote View by James Cahill - Trailer This 15-minute trailer is a sample reel of 2-minute segments from the first few lectures in the series titled "A Pure and Remote View: Visualizing Early Chinese Landscape Painting." This educational series was written and narrated by UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus James Cahill, produced by Chatterbox Films, funded in part by the Tang Research Foundation and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and presented by the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

You can make a secure credit card gift to support this video lecture series by using the 'Give to Cal' Cahill Chinese Art History Online Lecture Series website.