Daji was one of the consorts of King Zhou, the last king of the Shang Dynasty (ca. 1600-1046 B.C.). When speaking of Daji, people might mostly judge her as a negative figure usurping male headship, and as the culprit of the kingdom’s perdition. One should know that the cause of the rising or falling of a country would never be a single factor nor person. However, women, especially the pretty ones, who were close to the corridors of power, have often been accused for the downfall of regimes in history.
The Museum of the Institute of History and Philology exhibits rich artifacts from the Shang Dynasty. In order to overcome the limitation of physical exhibitions and achieve an exhibition's goals of being both informative and entertaining, we expect to make a vivid and interesting display with the help of digital technology. Daji will be the “leading actress” in our curation. Via the 3D projection of Daji’s figure restored in reference to unearthed materials from the Shang Dynasty, she will travel through time to the museum and tell her story in person. While creating visual effects with comic-style animation, the virtual character’s costume and military equipment will be built on the basis of archaeological and historical studies, hoping to create an exhibition of both education and enjoyment.
To sum up, this project not only expects to recover an image of Daji which shall be closer to historical fact, but also to encourage the audience to reexamine the stereotype of Daji and its causes, and furthermore, to explore the history with their own eyes.