woensdag 2 juni 2010

Power of Copying info

Power of Copying——2010. International Contemporary Design Selected from Art Academies

Opening: May 14, 2010 5:00 PM
Exhibition time: May 14, 2010 to July 14, 2010
Academic Forum: May 15, 2010 to May 16, 2010
Xuzhou Museum of Art 
Location: Hubei Road, Xuzhou 

Xuzhou Museum of Art
Art Institute in Munich, Germany
Art Institute of Xiamen University
Tsinghua University
Chicago Art Institute
Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam

Manchester Metropolitan University School of Art and Design
Basel Institute of Fashion Design
France Mulhouse Le quai of Art and Design
Xuzhou Institute of Arts
Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts
Jiangnan University, School of Design
China University of Mining Art and Design
Xuzhou Normal University, Academy of Fine Arts

Media Support
"Chinese Art News Network"
"99 Art Network"
"Art World"
"Art Watch" magazine
"Triple Weekly"

Special thanks
Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy
Swiss Consulate General in Shanghai

The theme is the concept
Contemporary visual art in the design, the copy has become the expression of cultural identity and memory of the universal context. Like the word placed into the same sentence with different content can be presented as ambiguity, at different levels, the copy of meaning not only in the extension and expansion, and because of ambiguity exists in a variety of similarities and differences, revealing This concept contains some contradictions and conflicts. Contradictions and conflicts - in a nutshell - one from the cultural differences, on the other hand from the practice of different purposes.
Contemporary concepts of replication involves the following manner or behavior: learning, memory, imitation, production, exchange, transmission, copying and creativity ... ... and so on. All of these methods and acts with a country's traditions and current living situation has been deeply linked.
Contemporary visual culture as a phenomenon of the most common copy - from technology-driven electronic media development - not only means to improve and enhance the dissemination of visual information functions, but also - from product production technology - modern major environmental human life. However, in the copy presented the concept of the geographical and cultural characteristics of natural and not because of the role of these two points away.
Related to contemporary visual design of the creative concept, copy, apparently no longer a simple sense, learning, reproduction, imitation, and the concept of inheritance. The form of the existing re-interpretation replaced the original form-oriented. The so-called interpretation, that is inherent in the Deconstruction and Reconstruction of the things the relationship between cultural patterns and the inherent form of a new link established.
This is the one from the seven countries, 13 Art Institute to participate in the exhibition. Therefore, the natural background of the exhibition of contemporary visual design to be involved in art education and teaching. Replication is a way of learning or imitation? Or a re-interpretation and creative way? In different countries in education or teaching field, the difference is very obvious in the education and teaching mode differences are and a country's long tradition of thinking is closely linked. Therefore, when people realized that an educational mode to change the time, it actually means to change a country for centuries or even thousands of years of knowledge accumulated value of the approved standards. From this point on that in the field of contemporary visual arts education, the copy clearly and relating to the cultural identity on some of the issues worth exploring.

The Theme of the Exhibition: The Power of Copying
A brief introduction to the theme
Mass-production makes the action of copying become the main drive for our modern lifestyle. Rapid development of "the media" also helps copying to be turned into an all-pervading phenomenon in this era of image-reading.

In the fields of visual culture and visual art, the word copy refers to different notions. It is quite similar to putting the same word into different contexts which makes the word a polysemic. The meanings of the word copy not only has been extended in different layers, there are some similarities and differences, in these instances the word copy shows the contradictions and conflicts that the act of copying involves. In brief, on the one hand they show the cultural diversity, and on the other hand they show the purpose of difference.
The contemporary concept of copying refers to the following different significations: a way of learning, remembering, imitating, producing, displacing the context, following suit, plagiarizing and creating art works. All these could affect a country's tradition and current living condition at its deepest level.
Background Information for the Theme
Background I
According to the technology development of electronic-oriented media and product, copying not only implies the improvement on functionalities and efficiency of transmitting visual information, but also constructs the way of living in modern society. However, these factors can't demolish the regional and cultural diversities.

Referring to the ideas of contemporary graphic design, copying absolutely is not like simply imitating. The fact is all the forms are re-comprehended and replaced by "creativity". It is focused on searching for new contexts, de-construct the previous form and reconstruct it in a new format. This situation changes such preconceived ideas about copying as learning, memorizing, displacing context, imitating, plagiarizing and creating art works, and the understanding on the perspectives and actions of designing is substantially changed.

This exhibition will pay attention to the impact that the concept of copying brings to contemporary visual culture and visual art and design, focusing on the cultural clash and difference hiding in it.

Background II
The participants of the exhibition are mainly from art academies. Therefore, this exhibition also involves the education and teaching contemporary visual art and design.

Is copying a way of learning or imitating, or a way of re-comprehending and creating? In the education fields in different countries, the teaching idea and method are quite different. The teaching mode is formed by the long-prevailing traditional thinking pattern in a specific country. For that reason, when people start to think of changing an education mode, actually means to change the valuation and judgment standard which are deep-rooted in this culture. In this sense, copying, as one of the important elements in visual tradition is an "ancient" topic, but the perspective has changed a lot on how discard the dross and select the essence in the education area of contemporary visual art. The curator of the exhibition wants to show the situation that contemporary visual art confronting the education by exhibiting a large amount of design works in order to create an interesting dialogue between the two.

Qin Jian

Participants and presentation

1. Participants 
Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany
Sandberg Institute of Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Institute Mode-Design, Basel, Switzerland
Art Institute of Chicago, USA
Ringling Art & Design School, USA
Art College of Xiamen University, China
Design College of Jiangnan University, China
Design College of Guangzhou Art Academy, China
Academy of Art & Design, Tsinghua University, China
Academy of Art & Design, China University of Mining and Technology, China
Art College of Xuzhou Normal University, China

2. Presentation
There will be 11 academies from five countries participate the exhibition.
The Museum will offer each academy or country an independent space or rooms for the project. Each academy or country will have its own curator or organizer for the project.
There is no limitation in terms of content and presentation.

The project or work is required to give a perspective to the theme of "copying".
The project or work should be selected by curator of the project or jury from each academy.

The time of opening and place
Opening: 17:30 PM, May 14 of 2010
Place: Xuzhou Museum of Art

Main Curator
Qin Jian
Curator assistant
Jin Jing, Xu Weihua, Chen Wei

The curator of the project of each academy or college
Wen Ma (China)
Otto Kuenzli (Germany)
Liang Wen (China)
Zhou Tongyu (UK)
Fang Tze Hsu (USA)
Andre Klein (Netherlands)
Sandre Kunz (Switzerland)
Lu Jing (China)
Rong Manhong (China)
Li Yafei (China)

Xuzhou Museum of Art
Xuzhou Newspaper and Media Company

Media Support
China Art Com
"Art News"
Fine Arts
Sanlian Lifeweek Magazine
Art World

Topic: Phenomenon of copying in contemporary visual culture and design.
Time: May 15 of 2010
The speaker is asked to send the text on March 20 of 2010.
The text will be published both in Chinese and English.

There will be a catalogue of the exhibition which will be consisted of both images and texts.
The catalogue will be published before the opening of the exhibition

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