Art show takes visitors on 'sensory journey' to Valletta, Beijing

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An installation arts exhibition capturing eye-catching sites and the centuries-long history of Valletta and Beijing was launched on Thursday in Valletta, the capital city of Malta.

The show, which employs digital technology and lighting optical effects, was jointly created by design teams from China and Malta. The event was co-organized by the China Cultural Centre in Malta and the Valletta Cultural Agency. It will stay open until Oct. 2.

Through the combination of audio-visual and tactile experiences, the exhibition takes the audience on a "sensory comparison journey" as if they were in Valletta and Beijing at the same time.

The exhibition is centered around four themes: "City Steps," "Cityscape," "Sunset Field" and "Memory Chamber."

Citizens of Malta and China have actively participated in the artistic creation and content contribution, Jose Herrera, Malta's minister for national heritage, arts and local government, told a press conference on Wednesday.

The exhibition combines digital technology and installation arts to connect people's collective perceptions and memories of Valletta and Beijing, Herrera said, adding that "It is an innovative experience with great audio-visual enjoyment."

Jason Micallef, chairman of the Valletta Cultural Agency said that holding this exhibition during the pandemic has a special message.

"We need this kind of artistic and cultural activity to enrich our inner world more than ever before," Micallef said.

The exhibition is an "interactive evolutionary" project, said Yang Xiaolong, director of the China Cultural Center. He told Xinhua that videos and pictures taken in Valletta and Beijing by the two countries' citizens have been solicited for the exhibition since May this year. 

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